RockShox Dart 2 2009 Forks

2.07/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $161.00


Product Description

  • Single-sided coil spring system with preload adjustability
  • (HC2) HydraCoil-2 oil damping with preset rebound control
  • 1-1/8" threadless steel steerer
  • 1-piece aluminum lower legs
  • 9x100mm quick-release dropouts


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by PS a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2014

Strengths:    no nonsense, easy to maintain

Weaknesses:    regular lube critical

Bottom Line:   
Came standard on a 2008 sub-$1000 'enthusiast' level MTB, pulled apart for first time after six years of riding in dirt and rain, scrubbed off rust, lubed it up again and still going although not super plush anymore. If you pull apart this fork after every wet season, I am sure it will last forever.

Main criticism is that it should have come with clear instructions for lube for stanchions to prevent rust and maintain a plush ride. I did not have a clue when I bought this bike. Now, I've put cheap transmission oil (fork lube hard to find) in the damper and lowers and wet chain lube on the rubber seals now and it is going ok.

Can still do decent cross country jumps, I'm 80kg and ride pretty hard.

This fork is not worth paying your bike mechanic to do full maintenance.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sam

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2012

Strengths:    strong, actually plush, seals etc are easy to find.

Weaknesses:    it worked pretty well for most of the year then blew its guts out, lockout didnt engage, preload knob is useless, rebound knob was hanging off, its just an allen key that pops on and off. it leaked from evey possible point. locks out in cold weather for some reason.

Bottom Line:   
its an ok fork, defo just a entry level fork but it never wanted to stop working, it exploded but still tried to work no matter what i put it through. im giving it 2/3 chillis because it had a mission to keep on going but its an entry level fork.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rclugnut a Weekend Warrior from hinesburg vt

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2012

Strengths:    Very solid, has taken a lot of hits with no complaint, pretty smooth as well. you can feel the adjustments when you ride...

Weaknesses:    locks up in the cold

Bottom Line:   
This for came stock on my kona blast (2009) and it's been a really solid fork, works well with the bike, and doesn't complain when you bottom it out. The only issue i've had is in the cold below 30 or 40 it starts to lock up...

other than that the compression and preload (mostly compression) are great tuning aids and the lockout is good if you're taking it on the road for a while and aren't just messing around over all a pretty solid fork...


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Favorite Trail:   front door

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   came stock with by k


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Oscar a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2012

Strengths:    This fork lasted a good year and half of riding like a wimp.... Then i learnt how to jump....

Weaknesses:    Some travel would be nice...

Bottom Line:   
For an entry level fork this is not bad, It has survived a good few visits to glentress, lasted a few years, but now i want to ride it harder and harder, this fork cannot keep up, The only shocks on my bike are my wrists.... just go the extra few quid and get some real forks!

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress!!!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with Giant XTC4

Similar Products Used:   N/A - this was my entry level bike

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC 4, Shimano Deore, Alexrims, kenda tyres e.c.t...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Pazooka a Weekend Warrior from World

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2011

Strengths:    Might last a mild trail or two. It looks like you have neat suspension to the novice.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, oil leaks everywhere

Bottom Line:   
If this shock comes on the bike that you are buying (like mine) haggle for an upgrade or pay a few extra bucks for it. Otherwise, you will be sitting around waiting for your new fork or having installed or saving for the new fork. And I thought Rock Shox was a good company. Yeah, I know, it's a cheap fork but it should last longer than it did, 2 years old with basic trail use. Now I have a sweet paper weight.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on Bike

Similar Products Used:   RS Judy, RS quads and Mag 21

Bike Setup:   Kona Blast

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Natedogz a Cross Country Rider from NorCal

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2011

Strengths:    It holds the wheel on. I'm about 200lbs and I can see and feel the flex of this fork, but it does help dampen trail chatter.

Weaknesses:    Flexy, harsh riding, no sag adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
It's better than a rigid fork? My front wheel didn't fall off and it lasted for about one year before it started leaking oil from the rebound adjuster. The lowers had become quite loose and rattly against the stanchions too. Thankfully RockShox warrantied it and I bought a new bike shortly after. This fork is a good beginner fork, but once you start riding faster, more aggressively and/or if you are heavy then this fork is not for you.

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Favorite Trail:   the ones that flow!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came on the bike

Similar Products Used:   Suntour, Dart1,2,3, Tora SL 29er, Reba SL 29er.

Bike Setup:   2009 Specialized Rockhopper (not 29er)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jpnissan35 a Weekend Warrior from Chattanooga,TN

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2011

Strengths:    Gives some dampening on the trail

Weaknesses:    Not a great performer. Travel felt limited, wasn't what I expected

Bottom Line:   
The shock lasted all of 6 months, probably not even 30 hours of riding time. The oil has all leaked out now and the movement is sticky. Not worth the $130 retail price of the fork. I wouldn't recommend this shock for anyone

On the up side, I am pleased with the Motobecane's overall performance. For the price it is a good deal

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Favorite Trail:   Racoon Mtn Chattanooga

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   Sportymama bike shop

Bike Setup:   Full suspension, disc brakes, shimano deore XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by lew242 a Weekend Warrior from China and UK

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2010

Strengths:    Rockshox logo.....

Weaknesses:    The forks

Bottom Line:   
You might as well just use old fashioned alu forks.

These often leak and have no adjust-ability, adequate for a few months of light duty XC while you save for proper forks.

It's lame that these days so many of the chain rings, bars, pedals seatposts and forks are so poor on actually fairly expensive middle range hardtail bikes.

To be honest, save money and the planet, self-build with good components once, rather than buy crap you'll need to throw away quickly.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Tora 318, Marzocchi 55R, Manitou Slate


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ross417 a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2009

Strengths:    Helped keep the price of my bike low, and works fine as an entry-level fork. This fork is strong enough for single track and gives confidence enough. Many times I despised this fork for it's ride performance, but in the end I at least appreciate that it has lasted me for about 50 rides so far without trouble.

Weaknesses:    The travel-motion leaves a lot to be desired. On extended downhill sections, it tends to suck down through the travel and not rebound unless rebound damping is dialed completely off and the preload is high (in which case you will lose small bump compliance). Not plush in any way.

Bottom Line:   
Although this fork does the job, in hindsight I would have rather spent the extra money for a bike with a better fork than this one (like a Rockshox Tora).

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Favorite Trail:   Burnaby mtn

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   An older Marzocchi bomber.

Bike Setup:   2009 Dart 2 with turn-key

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2009

Strengths:    Absolutely none. Its a poor performing shock.

Weaknesses:    Lockout doesn't work. Cannot adjust the forks. Its a joke.

Bottom Line:   
They look good on your bike, but don't expect any performance. No adjustments are possible. As far as shox go, they really are Crap. Thats my experience. I would not recommend these to anyone...

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Favorite Trail:   loftus

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Cell

Bike Setup:   Hardtail

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by CEMOYER67 a Cross Country Rider from Colorado

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2009

Strengths:    Good Fork
Cheap


Weaknesses:    Squeks after a while
hard to matinence


Bottom Line:   
Good fork for riding trails not crazy good or really bad. I'd suggest it as an upgrade from and RST or SR Suntour.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox TORA

Bike Setup:   Giant Yukon FX

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by hickersomr a Cross Country Rider from Madison, WI

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2009

Strengths:    This product is inexpensive - if that can be considered a strength.

Weaknesses:    Quality - If you ride hard or are a "bigger" person this fork is not a good purchase, multiple Dart forks at the shop have blown seals and leaked oil. This fork is not adequate for standard singletrack riding, it is suited for casual riding situations where someone wants a little suspension for riding surfaces other than pavement.

Bottom Line:   
Not recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   Amasa back

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Rock shox judy, rockshox reba team, fox Float, Fox Talus, and rockshox pike.

Bike Setup:   I have multiple bikes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wcyoung72 a Cross Country Rider from Central US

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009

Strengths:    In expensive

Weaknesses:    Only its weight

Bottom Line:   
If setup properly the fork works great, only reason im going to change is because its 5.5 pounds

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Little Ades

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Mag 20

Bike Setup:   Kona one20

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Morpheus239 a Weekend Warrior from Glendale Hts, IL

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2009

Strengths:    Inexpensive fork, very forgiving, wide-range of adjustments. Great entry level fork.

Weaknesses:    Heavy. Pre-load knob is hard to turn and feels cheap

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Rock Shock Dart 2 100mm for the Gary Fisher Marlin version (G2)
I am new to mountain biking but I find these to be much better than the Spinner Edge model that came with the bike. Good range of adjustments including pre-load and rebound controls. Decent for the $$ and pretty forgiving fork. Overall great fork for a entry level bike. My only compliant is with the cheap pre-load knob.

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Favorite Trail:   Any Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Village Cycle Sport

Similar Products Used:   Spinner Edge

Bike Setup:   2008 Diamondback Response Sport
2009 Rock Shox G2 Dart 2
SLX Crankset
Avid BB7 Disc Brakes with Clean Sweep G2 Discs
Shimano Deore derailleurs
Alot of other Misc. parts

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Caio a Cross Country Rider from Brazil

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009

Bottom Line:   
secret fork is a very good fork

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Favorite Trail:   had trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   152


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