unknown Deluxe Rear Shock Older Rear Shocks

2.82/5 (115 Reviews)


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Rockshox Deluxe Rear Shock


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Don from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2004

Strengths:    Simple adjustments, looks beefy.

Weaknesses:    They have a design flaw in that the piston connecting rod unthreads from the aluminum end bolted to the frame. Before it unthreads all the way, it'll likely strip the threads because the lightweight aluminum end makes for soft threads. Then, there's even less threads to hold it making it likely to give away again even if you reinsert it.

Fix is detailed here:
http://www.usedvancouver.com/classified-ad/21824


Bottom Line:   
Except for the one design flaw (which is major, but maintainable) this shock has served me well. I wouldn't buy this shock new.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   John Henry's

Similar Products Used:   Fox (air only) on a cross country bike

Bike Setup:   On a low-end Brodie downhill frame, I use this bike for puttering over obstacles at the park and as a backup to my cross country bike.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bill from Connecticut

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2003

Strengths:    Great travel. I haven't even set it at its most plush and i love it. It's not too soft and not too hard where i have it set. It also tightens up for a more responsive feel.

Weaknesses:    Hard to tighten to get it hard. There are sometimes when you want a stiff back shock and this shock doesnt help you. After a certain point it gets hard to tighten even though there is more room to tighten it. I guess Ijust need to get a hardtail for riding trails.

Bottom Line:   
Besides being hard to tighten up at time it rocks!!! It is mega soft when you want it to be. And when it is tightened up(it takes a little bit to get it there) it is very responsive, but still takes some of the bumps.

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Favorite Trail:   The woods near my house and the dirt jumps at my friend's house.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Cycling concepts

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Joshua F4, the Shimano deore LT setup(brakes, shifters, and gears all circa 2000), rockshox Jett(front fork), 26 in. tires from wilderness trails, and a shockband fender(was gonna get a THE fender by Serfas but they stopped making them). That's the rig. Nothing special.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Downhiller from Sherborn

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002

Strengths:    really ajustible is a could spring with nitrogen coolen't

Weaknesses:    cant be locked out

Bottom Line:   
It workes really well and i can costimize it to my oun prefrance. The only thing I dont like is th efact that yuo cant lock it out.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   giant xtc ac2 01 modle with 8 in toter in the fron and 6 in the rear.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by owen a Weekend Warrior from austin

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2002

Strengths:    durable, 3yrs no problems. Still takes the rough and drops like a champ. Plenty of travel.

Weaknesses:    heavier than most other rear shocks, no damping, no rebound adjustments.

Bottom Line:   
a reliable, inexpensive shock without the frills

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Favorite Trail:   off the lip

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   fox float, rock shox sid

Bike Setup:   schwinn s-20, duke sl, savage rims, panaracer tires, xt drivetrain, kalloy handlebar, and aireon seat

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by paul petch a Weekend Warrior from Townsville, quuensland, australia

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2001

Strengths:    Does the job

Weaknesses:    HEAVY very HEAVY

Bottom Line:   
Good shock for the cash and will do the job until an upgrade is needed. I had the same shock on a s-10 schwinn sweetspot when i lived in the UK and the URT system rocked with this shock ( i will always miss that bike!). The FSR rocks too with the 4 bar linkage..........air shock would so bring down the rear weight though.

In the uk the trails are green and totally single track! while here in australia, esp. queensland the trails are dry, dry dry and are rocky as. Melbourne is a bit greener though......but is still hard pack heaven. What i'm trying to say is that the shock does the job on all trails....and if it blows then its more rider error than the shock. Riding is about 80% rider skill and the rest parts and all you ful suss riders should go out on a hardtail and go back to the old school basics of riding. Maybe you will then learn about where to place your body weight when riding! The shock helps but you still have to give it some room! when sitting down over rocks and roots etc.

All you big hitters...satay away from this shock, but all you dirt lovers this may be for you if the weight issue does not piss you off.
overall not a bad shock but looses a few chillies 'cus of the weight it adds to the rear.

check out www.clix.to/maydog for photos of biking downunder

take it easy out there and watch out for the snakes.........

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Favorite Trail:   Churhill park 's-track', melbourne, australia

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Land of fairys and little goblins

Similar Products Used:   Fox vanilla

Bike Setup:   FSR enduro 99, rockshox judy race (100mm), LX crank, rest XT with ti white bro bars, mavic 517's, azonic, titec etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zach Moore a Downhiller from San Luis Obispo

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001

Strengths:    good rebound, prety hardy, lots of adjustmant capability.

Weaknesses:    not enough travel

Bottom Line:   
id take it any time but i wouldnt take it for a price like 300$ but if your just a all around mountie biker thats cool its great for that but if your a hardcore downhill mountian bikeing feind than its not good

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Favorite Trail:   MR.Toads wiled ride not at disney land

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   arts

Similar Products Used:   fox vanilla

Bike Setup:   gary fisher joshua with all the pings and whistels

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by CLAY a Weekend Warrior from CONCORD

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2001

Strengths:    Can be used as a boat anchor!!

Weaknesses:    RS customer service!! The oxygen must be thin in the high altitude of Colorado, you guys wear your helmets in case you pass out and fall down!!!

Bottom Line:   
What a piece of garbage, it is a shame that a $2300. bike is outfitted with this trash. I am a bicycle mechanic and I see it all the time, but I was in denial, it will never happen to me I thought. The only light at the end of this tunnel? My $300. Pacific, yes PACIFIC, still rides hard as it has for the past 2 years. Well at least I can still ride with my buds while ROCK SUX jerks me for another month!! THANKS GUYS!! I'LL BUST MY ASS TO SELL YOUR TRASH JUST AS HARD AS YOU ARE BUSTIN' YOUR'S FOR ME!!
HELLO CANE CREEK!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   ANYTHING WITH STAIRS!!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Unfortunately more RS garbage.

Bike Setup:   99 4 banger

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Louis a Weekend Warrior from Milwaukee

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2001

Strengths:    Excellent travel. Easy to maintain. Takes the abuse and much more,

Weaknesses:    A shade bit heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Works great for multiple ocassions - Down hilling, up hilling and off-roading. Excellent and inexpensive. Great for those who are looking to go FS. Looking to upgrade to Fox Vanilla for the Lock-0ut option.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Schwinn S-20; LX components, Judy T2, Mavic rims and tires, Kore stem and seat post,

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from Wollongong, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Love the bike, really impressed.
Lo and behold I have the clanking noise as well.
Thought it might have been the grease in the pivots but was a little sceptical as it was only 1 month old.
Narrowed it to the shock
Going a DNM next
They make 'Good Quality Products'
I have a Relative that races around the world, he went through that many forks it was unbelievable, not going there again.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse G-Spot 00'

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Robeye a Cross Country Rider from Dana Point, Ca.

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2001

Strengths:    A bit more travel and good rebound.

Weaknesses:    Unlike the older version, the new Deluxe does not lock out for climbing. Real bummed.

Bottom Line:   
Totally bummed on this new deluxe model. Have only been on the trails twice, and both times I disliked the climbing ability. No lock-out causes too much bounch when trying for the technical climbs. It did do a great job at handeling the rutts and bumps and drops. Will be trading out asap for the older version though. Good shock for shuttle people who like the downhill, but horrible for the climbing.

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Favorite Trail:   Poison Spider, Moab

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   98 Deluxe model.

Bike Setup:   97-98 GT LTS 1000, deluxe rear, Judy...100mm, XT & XTR componants.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam from Jefferson City, Mo USA

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2001

Strengths:    Gets the job done, easy to work with.

Weaknesses:    Can be a little too forceful on the rebound if it's not dialed in just right.

Bottom Line:   
I was afraid to use this shock when I got it because I'd heard so many bad reviews. I've actually found it to be pretty good! I had planned on replacing it, but now that I've riden on it for a while, I've really grown to enjoy it. It's got a load of travel and really sucks up the rough shots I tend to deliver. This shock is best suited for the intense, mean rider who likes to drop off cliffs. Together with my Marzocchi on the front I have no fear of heights!

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Favorite Trail:   Three Creeks State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Level Betty, XTR rear deralliuer, Ringle RPM Wheelset, XTR V-Brakes and levers, Bel-Aire Saddle, Syncros post, Race Face crankset, Rock Shox Deluxe rear suspension, Marzocchi Z1 CR front suspension, Azonic 1.5" riser bars, ODI Ruffian grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonny D a Weekend Warrior from Auckland Newzealand

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2001

Strengths:    it gets the job done for me .


Weaknesses:    it starts to squeck some times but nothing major to complain about.

Bottom Line:   
This Rear shock gets the job done ,shore its a little heavy but ive bashed this thing up real good and it hasnt blown or nutin .
it takes the punishment and allways comes out on top.
it served me well at the witford duel where my mates fox float got destroyed!!. its a goood shock

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Favorite Trail:   Witford

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bikesdirect

Similar Products Used:   fox vanilla

Bike Setup:   GT lts 5000

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Barrett a Cross Country Rider from Littleton, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2001

Strengths:    Well, it has a decent amount of travel and rides smooth and unlike an air shock, if your suspension blows out, at least you've got a spring!

Weaknesses:    Heavy! Relatively high maintenence and needs serviced frequently. At least Rock Shox fixes them for free.

Bottom Line:   
A real decent shock for cross-country riding, though quite heavy. I weighed my coil in at 673 grams, and that's just the coil! If you can find a lighter coil for it somewhere (I'm investigating companies who make titanium suspension coils), then a real sweet shock. It rides smooth and has decent travel, but is relatively difficult to maintain. Try and keep this puppy clean or she'll make life a real hassle. It also has a tendency to get air bubbles and sometimes thye leak oil, which means you'll have to send it back to Rock Shox to have it serviced. It's free but just a pain in the neck. I'd recommend this for someone looking for an affordable, decent shock and who doesn't worry about bike weight and likes to clean their bike.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch, Boulder

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla

Bike Setup:   '98 Yeti AS-3 with Manitou Mars C fork, full Deore XT, Crossmax UST Wheelset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by robert ahrenz a Weekend Warrior from chicago

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2001

Strengths:    easy to set up

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
no problem no sqeaks leaks or creaks im 6' 200 lbs and my freinds stop riding with me cause they are going threw to many parts im a little off the couch is what they would say replaced a lot of parts rims ,bars,cranks,chains but not this shock still running strong iv read a lot of complaints maybe this is the season i curse r/s but so far nothing bad to say front or rear shock check the spects have it professionally installed an tuned to your weight sure its not the best shot on the market but it does work with no hassles

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Favorite Trail:   bull frog

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   hartley schwinn

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   schwinn home grown corbonfiber sweet spot rock shox judy d/c t/c judy xl long travel solid xt except rear hub hayes hugi azonc shorty hell bent riser mavi 317 discs hayes hydrualic f/r salsa skewers wellgo tenderizers plat form titec post THE fender in front mud macheen in the rear

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rhys vincent a Weekend Warrior from Swindon, Wilts, ENGLAND

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2000

Strengths:    Nice ride. Very smooth. Parts easily gainable.

Weaknesses:    No pleload adjustment, weak. Very weak! (Threads stripped)

Bottom Line:   
This performed well when it lasted. Then I broke my swingarm and when I replaced it I did the pivot bolt up too tight and the threads on the piston got shredded beyond repair.

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Favorite Trail:   2 many!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Broadribbs (Came with bike)

Similar Products Used:   Coupe Delux, Rst 22

Bike Setup:   Haro Extreme Ex1 frame with 2000 swingarm, Avids, Hi-Fives

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