RST 56 Older Rear Shocks

3.64/5 (11 Reviews)


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RST 56


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed from Edmonton, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2003

Strengths:    Great beginner trail bike, seeing as how i am a beginner trail rider.

Weaknesses:    Front fork could use more travel. It keeps bottoming out on rougher trails, and it is TOO heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for a beginner. and it was cheap with a wicked setup. If you are looking to get into trail riding, it is pure good times with this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Rougher The Better

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   SportMart

Similar Products Used:   None, I am a beginner.

Bike Setup:   Manitou Magnum, Shimano rapid fire, Disc Brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pimp T.Y a Downhiller from Calgary

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2003

Strengths:    great flexibility, perfect shock for my weight. excellent setup

Weaknesses:    for a heavier person, the shock wouldn't be nearly as effective

Bottom Line:   
I like this shock it's perfect for me.

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Favorite Trail:   Growing Old, Fernie B.C

Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex Periera a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa Canada

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2002

Strengths:    Good Quality. Durable... Cheap$$$$ 4.5 inches of travel

Weaknesses:    A litle stiff for peoples under 120 pounds. Not good for 7 foot drops.

Bottom Line:   
Good for middle of the line X-coutry riders. No beginers , no downhillers.

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Favorite Trail:   Prolink_dude28@hotmail.com

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   gift so i don't know

Similar Products Used:   Dnm,2003 rockshox "deluxe" and "Bar"

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse Mach V / Manitou magnum + rst rear

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tylan kemp a Cross Country Rider from edam saskatchewan

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2002

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Absolutely no compression or dampening. The spring is what provides the cushioning if you'd call it cushioning seeing as its comparable to a pogo stick.

Bottom Line:   
If your taking big drops and are 200lbs of raw muscle don't purchase a bike with this rear shock unless your willing and prepared to upgrade.

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Favorite Trail:   anythings good without the rst 56

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   the bike and run shop

Similar Products Used:   rock shox rear shocks

Bike Setup:   It was on a norco screamer until it blew up and I was forced to buy a $500 dollar rear shock or buy a new bike and I thought smart by buying a totally new bike(and it wasn't another screamer)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jamie Kulhanek a Cross Country Rider from Launceston,TAS

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

Strengths:    Inexpensive, Works okay.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, I hate RST's of all shapes and sizes.

Bottom Line:   
Not a real great performer, but not bad value for money. I use it for cross country and general purpose riding, but i dont know what to replace it with so gimme some ideas, email me @ jamiekulhanek@hotmail.com . This shock is really a beginner-intermediate shock so no DH or hardcore stuff is wise.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything Fast and Furious

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   ATX 900, Manitou Spyder forks, RST 56 rear shock, STX-RC Shifters/Sprockets/Chainrings/Crankset/Chain/Brakes/Levers/Hubs, Deore LX front derailleur, Velocity Deep Vee rims, Tioga Factory DH Tires 2.3/2.1, Velo VL3044 Saddle,Amoeba Handlebars, Azonic Stem.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Stuart a Weekend Warrior from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2001

Strengths:    It hasn't broken yet, cheap

Weaknesses:    Weight, amount of travel available, adjustability, made by RST

Bottom Line:   
This is the kind of component that needs to be upgraded. It lacks adjustability, it is heavy, the amount of travel available in other shocks of the same length is generally slightly greater. I've been fiddling with this shock for ages, either its too soft or too hard, either it rebounds too fast or compreses too fast....there seems to be no middle ground with the thing. It may be just my own incompetence but it may not be

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Favorite Trail:   S57

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   Those awful giant made things

Bike Setup:   Giant ATX 900

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richey Bottle a Downhiller from England,Northumberland,Morpeth

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2001

Strengths:    The Rst 56 has been a dream. No leakages or breaks. Its cheap and is easily put onto a bike.

Weaknesses:    It tends to braek after 8 Months...(or so I am told)

Bottom Line:   
It's a good product. Not raelly made for the serious downhiller but can be used for some hills and absorbs the hard landings.

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Favorite Trail:   The common

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Super Cycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Fox

Bike Setup:   DDG godfarther,Rock shox Boxxer,Halo combat rims,Hope enduro 4 pot

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from Redcar

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2001

Strengths:    They're cheap and easy enough to set-up. Managed to survive about 8 months of riding when slightly bust

Weaknesses:    Mine broke with in 4 months of riding. It just fell apart and all the dampening oil came out. I managed to botch it back again, but unfortunately have no money to either get a new one or get it serviced.

Bottom Line:   
I don't reccomend much really. if you do get one, make sure you use it for recreational uses NOT DH or the likes

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Favorite Trail:   Carlton Bank

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   DDG Godfather, Mavic 521's, Shockworks DH1's, Maguras

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben Zeelenberg a Downhiller from The Hague, Netherlands

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2000

Strengths:    Good Rebound adjusteble,coil-over

Weaknesses:    weight, RST doesnot supply lighter springs

Bottom Line:   
For a company that isn't on the market for ages like Rock-shox they make a good range of products, both forks and shocks. The rebound adjusteble RST-56 has a good range. so I would recommend it for slaloming and riding down mountains for riders which haven't got a big bank account.

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Favorite Trail:   Namen, Belgium

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   ATX-1100 with 521 on shimano hubs, Manitou x-vert forks

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Tony a Downhiller from Canberra, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 28, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap, coil


Weaknesses:    
leaked then broke, most people who had them on bikes in Australia trashed one or two before replacing them


Bottom Line:   
Poor performer in general. They all seem to leak and some break. Also not very rigid, ie rear end flexed a lot with this shock on. They are cheap but I wouldn't reccomend that you buy one.

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Favorite Trail:   
Majura, Brindies

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Stratos, Fox, ShockWorks


Bike Setup:   
Raceline with ZZYZX

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Nikolas Ojala a Weekend Warrior from Tampere, Finland

Date Reviewed: July 20, 1999

Strengths:    
+ Strong
+ Coil


Weaknesses:    
- Heavy (who cares)


Bottom Line:   
This seems like a reliable product. It is
quite heavy, but feels much better to ride home
instead of walking.

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Favorite Trail:   
Viinikka-Hervanta

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Cane Creek AD-5


Bike Setup:   
R-Tech titanium FS bike,
Marzocchi Bomber Z-1

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