a Cross Country Rider
from Miami, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: December 15, 2009
Strengths: Very Plush, Lightweight, Responsive, Highly Tunable, Very Stiff. I can keep going.
Weaknesses: took a little longer to set the bottom bracket bearing race, it was pretty tight, if you call that a weakness. Fine tuning may be tricky and might be quite a bit of trial and error to get it dialed in perfectly, but once its perfect, its well....perfect!
I bought the OEM (black) version, no difference just black and could not be happier. I have previously been sold on Rockshox because of the durability that I have experienced, but this fork performs! It does everything well! The only difference between this and the RL for anyone that is wondering is the RLC has low speed compression. If you experience constant roots or roll over rocks, its definately worth having, and it works well! No leaks, no drama! I have not been able to bottom the fork out, probably wont ever at my weight (174lb.), but I am strong enough to get some flex out of every previous fork I had, but not this. I think the only thing to be mindful of when purchasing a fox fork is the maintenance suggestion by fox, which is a bit less tolerant than Rockshox. Regardless, I have had absolutely no problems with the fork.
I will not take anything away from RockShox, they make very good quality products especially now (2009), and are right at the same price range of the Fox F-Series Forks, but there was a stretch of years when they were behind. If you are looking to aquire this fork, do it, even if it means sending it away to Push, in the end you will be happy! It will increase your riding enjoyment and probably make you a slightly better rider, it does instill confidence, and allows you to approach decents and jaw-jarring rough sections with a bit more speed, it will eat it up!
Took a few rides to dial in, after that runs like a raped ape. I weigh 260lbs, was told this fork won't hold me, I couldn't be happier with the performance, had to up the psi. More settings than I need, honestly. Lockout is a plus.
Similar Products Used: marzocchi bombers, manitou black
Bike Setup: RB R1300 race bike frame ( hand built ), Truvativ stylo team, Avid Juicy 7, Mavic crossride wheelsets, Eleven carbon alloy stem and handlebaRS, wOODMAN components seat post, Fizik Nissen sport saddle, X9 trigger shifters and all other components X9 as well
a Cross Country Rider
from Bend, OR
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2008
Strengths: WoW! Laterally super stiff while being pluuuuush. Built to take abuse and handle all types of XC/AM trail conditions. Short axle to crown height (~490), and brake bosses on 120mm fork.
Weaknesses: 2009 model is already available! Though it looks about the same with a higher price tag. The brake boss version does not also come with the newer post mounts.
This fork out of the box has tighter tolerances than any I have owned. Takes a few hundred miles to properly break in - was only getting about 97mm traver the first few rides, but now I'm up to 115mm and have not bottomed the fork yet. Will take a 3' drop to flat without a flinch or bottom even with lower than suggested air pressure - the last 25mm of travel is very progressive. Super plush yet keeps any line you set and the front tire glued to the trail. Ridiculous amount of adjustments to get the fork dialed into just the way you want to ride, or switch from AM to XC race. This is the first FOX product I've owned that I don't feel any desire to send into PUSH.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi MX, Rock Shocks Judy/TT/SID, '04 Fox RLC100.
Bike Setup: Stumpjumper S-Works Hardtail - Single Speed. XT cranks & v-brakes - Thomson bits - Rennen Rollenlager - DT Hugi 240 w 517's.
from Newman Lake WA
Date Reviewed: May 8, 2008
Strengths: This fork is a great fork for XC riders with the 120mm suspensions. Very Stiff when it needs to be but soaks up the bumps instead of your power.
I bought a Talas to use with this bike thinking I would like to be able to switch from the 100mm for climbing and 140mm for down hilling. Found the change in geometry from 120mm to 100mm to great and my knees where in front of the pedal spindles so I quit using the adjust. Why carry they extra weight so I traded a guy for his F120 RLC and have been putting miles of single track with gravel roads to rock gardens that would flex most other forks, especially RS Sids. This fork holds a line and rails corners like no other fork, no rebound or chatter. I only use the lock out when I stand to pedal, this is more often to stretch my back and with the adjustable blow off no worries if I forget it on. I used to think it was high priced but I paid less than >$600 for the Talas and traded straight across for the F120. A bargain compared to other forks at a higher price point
Similar Products Used: 08 Talas RLC, SID Team 00,02,04,06 (Yes I was a big fan of Sids's, 05 Manitou Skarub Platinum<-crap!
Bike Setup: Stumpjumper FSR Pro, XTR throughout, American Classic Wheelset with Stans and Maxxis Larson TT tires
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 18, 2008
Strengths: lateral stiffness, buttery action, highly tunable, tracks extremely well in all trail conditions (small chatter to big hits).
Weaknesses: can never get full travel without making the fork sag too much
Best off the shelf Fox fork Ive used. I have only seen them perform better after being Pushed. This is the first un-modified Fox Fork that I have seen hold oil (better seals?). Without excessive sag, I can not seem to get that last inch of travel but the fork is working very well so far. It seems to be an all around, improved generation of Fox Fork.
Similar Products Used: Black, F100RLT, F100R, Talas RLC
Bike Setup: XL Titus RX100, X9 shifters/derailuers, BB7 brakes, TI Levers, XTR 960 Crank, Thomson stem and post, Truvative Carbon bars, King/Sun wheels, WTB Rcoket SLT
a Cross Country Rider
from Flagstaff, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: October 30, 2007
Strengths: Ability to hold or change a line in the midst of a corner. It soaks up the small trail "junk" to the bigger debris that used to through me off line. Because of the air spring it has linear compression so it doesn't bottom & stop the wheel. V-brake compatible! Yea FOX!
Weaknesses: Dust Scrapers are hard to get out for cleaning.
These forks are not $400 better than the zokes but they are much better when it matters. In rock gardens, especially when the rocks are solid, you can charge through because of the linear dampening. They hold a line and you always feel in control. If the zokes were set up to soak up the small stuff then they would compress too much in these situations and throw off the geometry and sometimes almost stop the wheel. They don't soak up the small stuff as good as the zokes did but they do everything else so much better that it is a small trade-off. They are easily tuned on the trail and you can make changes as the terrain changes to suit the different riding. Also in higher speed situations when you get the rebound set correctly the chatter is eliminated and you can see much better! For someone who rides alot in varying types of terrain these will put a big smile on your face.