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RockShox Domain 318 2008 Forks

4.22/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 2857 grams

Product Description

  • Travel: 180mm
  • Spring: Coil
  • Damping: Motion Control IS
  • Lowers: Magnesium, 20mm dropout
  • Crown: Forged, hollow 6061 T6
  • Steerer Tube: Chromoly Steel

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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Uncle Six Pack a Weekend Warrior from Bloomsburg, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2010

Strengths:    Maxle is great, LSC damping and rebound adjustments are pretty good

Weaknesses:    Small-bump sensitivity, a little heavy

Bottom Line:   
This is a really good fork for the money. Anything else nice at 180 mm is going to be really expensive. Unlike the lyric, you can add preload to this spring. The motion control isn't as sophisticated as mission control, but it gets the job done.

For better performance, I recommend trying the fork with the damping shim removed to make the fork more responsive. With the shim removed, the clicker still works the same, but the fork seems better to me. I weigh 165 with a med spring and I still usually have an inch of travel left even with the damper shim removed, so I may go to a lighter spring and then add some preload if necessary.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   RS Lyric

Bike Setup:   2008 SX Trail with Domain 318 at 180 mm

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dom a Downhiller from santa cruz, california

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2010

Strengths:    -Set and forget
-Plush, yet you are able to make it stiffer for those bigger hits.
-Takes abuse and doesn't complain
-180mm of bomb diggity travel

Weaknesses:    -A little heavy; but when you're charging down a steep line... does it matter?
-Mixed feelings about the "Maxle 360" quick release. Then again... I've had no need to use it so far!

Bottom Line:   
I've really enjoyed using this fork so far. From hucking off ladders to riding back up in order to go again, this fork is a beast and shows it. I thought the medium-stiff spring would be too much for my weight (130lbs), but once I took it for a few rides I realized it was just right. Couldn't have gotten a better new fork for the money in my honest opinion.

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Favorite Trail:   mailboxes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Marz Jr T, Fox 40, Fox 36 talas, RS Boxxer, etc

Bike Setup:   2008 big hit fsr 2 with domain and dhx. Mostly stock as of now

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by VTSession a Weekend Warrior from Boston

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2009

Strengths:    adjustability - compression, rebound and a travel adjustment, very smooth, stiff, meant to handle abuse, completely trouble free so far.

Weaknesses:    at 6.5 pounds, its heavy.

Bottom Line:   
After really enjoying the Boxxer and Reba forks, I knew the Domain wouldn't disapoint. I use it for everything from XC rides to lift accessed downhilling. Besides being a little heavy at 6.5 lbs, it's stiff and plush. Point it down any rough bit of trail and it tracks perfectly. The adjustability is great. For climbs I drop the travel to 4 inches, for going down the travel goes back to 6. Also the compression and rebound adjustments are a plus. Forks aren't cheap and this has to be the best long travel single crown for the cash.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 66, Rock Shox Boxxer, Manitou Sherman

Bike Setup:   Transition Vagrant - SRAM X9, E13 DRS, Thomson stem and seatpost, Maxxis Minion tires, FSA Gap cranks, Hayes brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CdaleProph6 a Downhiller from Rochester Ny

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2009

Strengths:    Simplicity, strength,

Weaknesses:    20maxel, adjustability

Bottom Line:   
buy this if your on a budget, it does the job
buy it if your not on a budget and spend your extra cash on other stuff
5 flaming poopies for value since it cant be beat
and 4 overall for lack of adjustments(which IMO is great since its pretty much set and forget)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Towpath Bike

Similar Products Used:   66, totem

Bike Setup:   SantaCruz Bullit RFR complete

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ernie a Weekend Warrior from la crescenta, calif usa

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2009

Strengths:    Burly 35mm legs, stiffer than normal springs, cheap--I got it on sale (closeout) and its a RockShox which means there are parts for it at your local shop or you can order them.

Weaknesses:    Only has the Motion Control and no U-Turn. I don't care for the Maxle 360 quick release.

Bottom Line:   
If you get a year old version you will save a lot of money and I doubt any changes will be noticed on the 2009/2010 models.
Its a rather "dumb" fork with just rebound and Motion Control
so there is very few issues. I like the simplicity and the fact its pretty stiff. I did a 3 foot drop and noticed that the stanchions only measured 4-3/4" movement, it did not bottom out so the springs must be stiff. The long 180mm travel gets shaky on the downhills and the handlebars are harder to manage than if it were a dual crown. I am guessing 180mm has to be the longest they can make a single crown.
I compare this fork to the Marzocchi 66 RC. They are both pretty dumb forks with very little adjustments and the prices are kept low just because of that. Change the springs to softer ones if you want it to be just as cushy as a Marzocchi, but I like stiff myself--you have a better chance of not endo'ing.
The fork is the Totem's little brother and is at home on 7" freeride bikes as well. I dont suggest this fork for bikes with 6" rear travel or less, the height is too just too tall. But for 7-7.5" travel bikes with a rear coil shock its right at home.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   cambria bike

Similar Products Used:   Marz 66, 55

Bike Setup:   08 Kona Stiky Deluxe

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ctd07 a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2008

Strengths:    Stiff, Cheap, Good damping adjustability, Single crown, travel adjustable, relatively low stiction after compressed a few times each ride

Weaknesses:    Maxle comes loose if moved - which is very easy to do; very poor small bump sensitivity - no good for dh at all, first few clicks of compression do nothing, harsh damping spikes near bottom-out, no spring available soft enough for my weight:(

Bottom Line:   
At first I thought these forks were real nice when I took them out the box, but even after paying another $110us to have an x-soft spring installed, they are still just too stiff for general riding and they cause my wheel to just bounce off obstacles instead of absorbing them as the low speed sensitivity is bad, nowhere near as good as my Fox Vanilla's.
After 1 year of use I have gotten fed up of lugging round their excessive weight (2.9kg) in return for such irritatingly 'budget' performance, they are very harsh at the end of their travel on big hits too and I have hurt my wrists because of this on relatively small jumps.
Most recently, the rebound damping has given up and they have top-out 'clunk' no mattter what setting - 1 year on and I'm getting rid of them - I can't help but be reminded every time i ride them, that I should have just shelled out the extra dough and got some Fox 36's, which I'm now goona try!

These forks are more than adequate for an occasional freeride sesh, but just fall short for anyone who demands real performance from their products.

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Favorite Trail:   anything steep

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $630.00

Purchased At:   www.winstanleysbikes

Similar Products Used:   none quite the same, but: fox vanilla 32, Marzocchi dj3, Marzocchi Junior T, Rockshox Boxxer.

Bike Setup:   Orange Patriot Lt, Fox Van RC rear shock, Mavic Ex729 wheels, Hayes brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reek a Weekend Warrior from Sac

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2008

Strengths:    Price, single crown, stiff, plush, maxle 360

Weaknesses:    none really but if I must, heavier than totem...

Bottom Line:   
Wow, for $310 new, I can't believe this fork. Feels almost as good as my Boxxer Race. Definitely better than my All Mountain. Similar, controlled feel of the PIKE/RVL. But when you push it, it feels like a nice DH fork. Compression damping is a nice touch. Rebound works well, as all other RS forks lately. Sure, it's not glamorous like higher priced forks but for $300, heck even for $600, the performance is outstanding!!! I recommend this fork to anyone who wants a single crown that performs. Saves you $$$ to boot.

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Favorite Trail:   Clementine

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $310.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer, Zochhi AM 160mm

Bike Setup:   Mongoose BD in 7.5 inch mode

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Ocala, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2008

Strengths:    very plush fork, there is a big range of compression and rebound adjustment. Not too expensive

Weaknesses:    Stock spring is a little light for jumping and drops but would be good for downhill

Bottom Line:   
Awesome fork. with the compression all the way out it feels very linear like a dh fork but when you turn it up it gets a lot more progressive which is better for jumps and drops. I would recommend getting a stiffer spring if you plan to jump it tho. The Maxel design is great too. A very good fork for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi z150, 66, jr t

Bike Setup:   Specialized big hit spec with romic rear shock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2007

Strengths:    Stiffness, travel, looks, maxle 360

Weaknesses:    Lacks the adjustments of the higher range forks, yet i don't feel that i need them. Could use preload adjust, changing spring is only option.

Bottom Line:   
Well for this price, the fork is unbelievable. Equally as plush as 66s and boxxers (very similar feel). For 180mm of single crown travel, the feel incredibly stiff, and the maxle 360 is genius. You still get compression adjustment which goes from fully open to near lock-out, and rebound adjustment. The only downside is that to get the right spring rate, a spring change is the only option, although the standard springs will suit a lighter rider like me who is looking for a slightly stiffer 'freeride' feel, or a weightier rider who is looking for a plusher DH feel. i've given them 4 chilis due to the lack of the adjustments that are available on more expensive forks, though i don't feel the need for them, the fork works incredibly, it makes no sense as to why it costs so little.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Chain reaction cycles

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z150FR, Marzocchi 66RC2X, Rockshox boxxer team

Bike Setup:   Orange patriot 66, DHX4, domain 318 180mm, hayes hfx9, sram x7

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