Fox Shox Vanilla r Older Rear Shocks

4/5 (47 Reviews)


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fox vanilla r


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by norcorider95 a Downhiller from teddington

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2011

Strengths:    its good, nice and plush, rebound and spring adjustments actually have an affect.
looks decent.
light as well which you wouldnt expect.
i think its fairly cheap but it came stock.
it has pro pedal to make it easier to pedal too.


Weaknesses:    its not a piggy back shock :(
and it makes a kind of knocking sound when it compresses but it could be my derallieur or something


Bottom Line:   
seems a decent shock but i want to upgrade, not because of the shock but its not a piggy back and looks a bit gay when you have a pair of triples with out a piggyback shock imo.
it does look quite thin but seems strong.
seems good for freeride but not downhill racing, will be good for all mountain too i guess.

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Favorite Trail:   p.o.r.c

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1234556.00

Purchased At:   stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   fox dhx, fox rc4 fox van.
rockshox vivid
manitou metel and 4way swinger
and marzocchi roco


Bike Setup:   specialized big hit 2009 with manitou sherman triples, sunline v-one bars, e13 ls1+ chain guide, avid juicys and nukeproof saddle and a gap stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JamisonW a Downhiller from San Diego CA

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2010

Strengths:    Reliability, Plushness

Weaknesses:    None that I have found

Bottom Line:   
Excellent shock. Saved my a$$ many times. Its pretty cheap new, so get it if you have the chance.

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Favorite Trail:   Ted Williams

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with used bike

Bike Setup:   GT DHi Race, Marzocchi Monster T's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GrampBredo a Weekend Warrior from CT, US

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2010

Strengths:    Simple, reliable, cheap.

Weaknesses:    Not much adjustability, not user serviceable, the "Propedal" on this shock is a joke.

Bottom Line:   
It works, not spectacularly, but it works. It's not perfect, it's a bit bouncy and I wish it had compression adjustment. It makes the bike roll smoother, so it works. Soon or later I'll be getting it PUSH'd, I'll see how it works after a bit of TLC. I mostly used it for DH and FR, with a little bit of XC thrown in.

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Favorite Trail:   Killington, VT

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Part of a used bike

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek AD-12, Cloud Nine, Marzocchi Rocco Air.

Bike Setup:   2006 Kona Garbanzo Coiler (ex-rental), more or less stock setup.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by aSnowman15 a Downhiller from Ann Arbor, MI

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2008

Strengths:    Good stock shock. Descent for cutting costs and having a better rear suspension set up.

Weaknesses:    Tends to be weaker on the seal, rebound, as well as durability.
very little adjustment capabilities, keep an eye on your tension.


Bottom Line:   
If you are a hard rider, just swap it out, your gonna end up tearing the hell out of this thing if ur doing drops bigger than 10 feet.

Since it doesnt have the piggy back it cant really take care of itself, get the one with the piggy back.

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Favorite Trail:   any and all

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   with bike

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by adam averill a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2007

Strengths:    good, strong shock. only bottomed it out about 6 times the whole year of riding it.

Weaknesses:    not really alot of adjustability, it makes a sucking noise when it reterns to nutral position. no piggy back

Bottom Line:   
good shock for the price which they are but not alot of adjustability and makes wierd sucking noises when compressed, wont be using for much longer as just brought a dhx 5.0!so anyone interested in 1, feel free to contct me!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   .

Bike Setup:   bighit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hui Chuen Chuang a Downhiller from Penang, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2007

Strengths:    Fairly good shock. ProPedal works to reduce pedal bob.

Weaknesses:    No piggyback resevoir.

Bottom Line:   
Very lasting shock.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with frame

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox BAR, Progressive 5th element.

Bike Setup:   2003 Kona Stinky Primo, Rock Shox Domain 318, Avid Juicy 7, Truvativ Holzfeller.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tom nichs a Weekend Warrior from saint john, nb, canada

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006

Strengths:    super fast rebound, super slow rebound - whatever u want! first day i hucked it off some 6, 7, ft. drops, that it ate, love the fast rebound fer trail riding, and low easy it is to tighten up

Weaknesses:    its ugh.. ummm.hmmm?

Bottom Line:   
this is a ggggggggggggggggggggreat shock.it is able to handle big drops, and is great for bumpy trail riding, compared to the rc, it is not quite as hardcore, but it better for climbing, and if your not going to be dh'ing don't worry about it. it can handle just the same sized drops.

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Favorite Trail:   phil's house

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   eric

Similar Products Used:   gtm 7, vanilla rc

Bike Setup:   giant bds

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Lavigne-Masse a Downhiller from Montreal, Qc, CAN

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2003

Strengths:    Looks cool but thats about it!!

Weaknesses:    Hmm lets see.... The whole motherf*cking thing. look for anybody looking for a shock who does downhill biking forget the Vanilla R cause it sucks! I road it for about 2 weeks befors landing a 20 foot jump and it blowing up and d*mnit it f*cked up my rear disc brake cause of the b*tching oil and scrwed my geers!

Bottom Line:   
DOnt by this shock if your a dwonhiller. But for the price its a good shock

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Favorite Trail:   None with this stupide shok

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   ABC cycles

Similar Products Used:   5th element ( what i have now and it rocks)

Bike Setup:   03 bighit pro

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ralph a Downhiller from Richmond

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2003

Strengths:    when sprung right, does the job well.

Weaknesses:    No place to recharge the Nitrogen locally at any LBS. HAd to be sent out to Fox.

Bottom Line:   
Great shock!!! Plush as long as it's sprung right. I was a bit miffed when the Nitrogen leaked out and couldn't have it charged locally. Takes a big hit well, and the adjustment once dialed is is superb. Wish it was more servicable locally. Key with this shock is proper spring setup. If you have the right spring, awesome shock!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Bike Setup:   IronHorse SGS expert.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeff a Weekend Warrior from orono maine

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2003

Strengths:    Easy to adjust and gives a very smooth ride

Weaknesses:    Some times I bottom out on 3-4 foot drop offs

Bottom Line:   
So far I have not had any problems with this product un like some of you and hope not to have any problems in the future

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Favorite Trail:   heart attack hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Out of uncle henrys

Similar Products Used:   none, first full suspension

Bike Setup:   I have a 2001 Jamis Dakar Sport with marazochi air fork, a step down from bombers

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by VSS VSS a Weekend Warrior from Russia

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Weak and not suitable for repair Shock. It's sucks! There is no money for which is sold.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Calabasas, CA

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2002

Strengths:    Lock out, rebond adjustment, holds air well.

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Once you dial in the right amount of air and rebound adjustment, the shock performs very well. It's not as plush as a coil shock, but it does complement my Black Elite 80
mm Air fork very well.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Titus Racer X

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paul a Racer from lancaster

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2002

Strengths:    plush action

Weaknesses:    non

Bottom Line:   
lots of people have blowen the shims and slate the shock i weigh 225 pound (16 stone ) so i purchased the correct spring, a massive 800 pounder, and the shock is fine just fine.

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Favorite Trail:   innerleithen

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   with bike

Similar Products Used:   FOX RC, 5TH ELEMENT,

Bike Setup:   Big fat and strong

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by OC. a Downhiller from Oz

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2002

Strengths:    Suprisingly strong,good movement.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
It does exactly what it's supposed to do and does it for a good amount of time.Six months of jumping and dropping without a complaint,I wish I could say the same for the forks(2001 Z3),they're on there last legs.

One thing though,if you've got a single pivot bike go with a high poundage spring,around Seven hundred(standard on the Bullitt's),because the stock spring(five fifty) is very very soft.

A great Value for money shock.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   First shock ever.

Bike Setup:   San Andreas DHS.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by glen buckland a Weekend Warrior from vancouver bc canada

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2002

Strengths:    like the rebound,touch

Weaknesses:    does not have compression,

Bottom Line:   
i have had no prodlem with this shock up until now.i will stay with fox i feel it is a good product .my last bike had a rc shock on it and i never had a problem with it. i feel the two shocks feel close to the same just with out the rebound.my shock is in being fixed at fox but you have to figure that every once and awhile something will go wrong.i have not had the same problem that other people have had and i hope my luck holds out. knock on wood. see you on the trails.

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Favorite Trail:   neds

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   cove bikes

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   rm-6 jr-t up front gazzi's 2.6 front and rear dh fun stem crow bar handle bars hayes front and rear. great bike!

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