Similar Products Used: Float, Tora, Dart (yeah, this one not so similar)
Bike Setup: Chameleon
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 27, 2010
Strengths: feels plush on big hits
Weaknesses: remote lockout broke and I can't get them to warranty the pos
I quit riding rockshox around 1996 because they just fell apart and leaked oil all over the place. After years on Marzocchi forks, I decided to try the Revalation. It turns out, RS still makes junk that just falls apart. However, they now have their warranty service so convoluted that you might as well toss your fork when something goes wrong. The only good part is that now that the warranty has expired, I don't have to waste my time trying to get service.
Nice fork when it worked; but,I really regret not spending a little more for a TALAS
a Weekend Warrior
from denver, Colorado
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2009
Strengths: plush, stiff, great riding highly adjustable
Weaknesses: seals/compression cartridge in the left leg has blown out twice
well this fork rides great when it worx if it worx but mine has spent half it's first year in the shop.
I've ridden quite a few forks in the 5" range in my quest for the perfect trailbike fork, I'm not a jumper but looking for a solid through axle fork to get me through the ruff stuff here in Colorado. I bought this fork in the spring of 09 i had been considering getting the pike then they came out w/ a rev 140 w/ the maxle lite so i jumped on that. i had been looking for a 5.5" fork w/ a 20mm through axle and the RS Rev or Pike are some of the few forx that match this description.
I had the fork for about 6 weeks and the compression cartridge in the right leg blew out. the fork was in the shop for 6 weex waiting on RS to send a new cartridge finally got the fork back in action and within 5 rides the cartridge blew out again then the fork was in the shop another 8 weex before RS sent a "2010 cartridge" haven't ridden the newly rebuilt fork yet but so far this fork has spent more time in the shop than on the trail. when it's working it's a great feeling fork, very stiff relatively light, plush...
i've had good luck w/ RS stuff before, liked how the forx were plusher than fox and at a better price point, but after this experience i dunno. it's also frustrating that the 2009 Revelation was only on the market for something like 8 months then RS debuts a totally new 2010 version w/ a new chassis and .4 lbs lighter. it's like adding insult to injury to come out with a whole new fork after I waited on the current model and then dealt w/ all of the blow outs. kinda doubt i'll be doing the RS thing again after this experience.
This fork is sweet. especially with the 20mm maxle. The remote lock out function is great and if you learn to use it become second nature. I am surprised that it feels so endless in its travel and yet eats up the little bumps and well as the big drops. I am so far really happy with this fork. While the lock out feature is great for when you get up out of the saddle and sprint up hill, it is not needed for most other climbs as the fork does not bob around on you. It looks better then the dull fox grey and is just as light as its conterparts. I do wish it had the hight adjustment the talas has but this is a small caviate. It is the best fork I have riden to date. Rockshox gives you the most bang for our buck. I have this on a $5500.00 dream bike and wouldn't think of trading it in for another fork. If you are looking for a 140mm travel fork look no further. If there where more flamin chilis then 5 I would give it more for its value.
Similar Products Used: fox float, marzocchi marathon, reba.
Bike Setup: Pivot Mach 5. Loaded.
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Barbara CA USA
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2009
Strengths: What Can say that gives this shock justice. The 140mm of travel with the U-turn adjustment is super ice for climbing. Also the lockout with the valve adjustment give the fork a pro-pedal kinda feeling. It is super light and also very stiff. I hammer on this thing from trail to light freeride and DH, and it eat it up. I have ridden a lot fo different forks and this is easily one of the best of all time. Rock Shox is back in a big way.
Weaknesses: None, as perfect as a shock can get.
If you need a great all around and true "all mountain" that can climb this is the shock for you!!!!!!!!!!! I am also a bigger rider at 225 and this thing is perfect.
a Weekend Warrior
from Baltimore, MD, USA
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009
Strengths: Smooth, sets up easily.
Weaknesses: None so far.
This review should be read with the caveat that I've only used this fork for fewer than 10 rides so far.
Those 10 rides, however, have been great-- I have used a lot of forks, particularly in this ~5" segment, and the Fox's have always treated me well.
After using this fork, though, I'm left wondering why I've been shying away from Rockshox. While building my bike, I was talking the decision over with the guys at Greenfish, and they remarked that Fox is "definitely a better fork." But after having been on the Revelation I just don't see it. I'm about 150 riding weight so the whole "flexy fork" thing was never something that I felt all that much, but in terms of tracking, small/big bump compliance, smoothness, etc., I can't see the Revelation conceding an inch to Fox's offerings in any of those categories.
I was riding a couple of days ago and happened unexpectedly off of a 1.5 ft. drop-- the Revelation soaked up the hit and rebounded gracefully.
I can't speak for durability, but even without the price difference, I'm extremely happy with my Revelation; throw in that I spent about $300 less than I would have on a comparable Fox, and you get 5 chilis for value and 5 overall.
Similar Products Used: Fox TALAS RLC, TALAS RL, Float RLC, F29 100, C'dale carbon lefty (29er), Manitou Minute (29er), Maverick SC32, all except the Float on current bikes.
Bike Setup: The one that has this fork on it is a Titus ML1, King hubs/DT rims, xtr derailleurs, xt shifters, cassette, chain, 2010 Deus cranks, Deus stem (love it), Monkeylite bars, juicy brakes (meh), crank brothers iodine HS.
After using a Marzocchi Bomber, the a RockShox Psylo, then a Fox, I thought I'd stick with Fox forever. Well, when purchasing my new Ibis Mojo, I wanted a fork lockout for xc racing. Rockshox offered it, Fox did not. I am very pleased with the lockout. I'm also very pleased with the fork action. At least as good as my PUSHed Fox, perhaps better. But only after experimenting with the positive and negative air plus the clickers. The shop guy set the rebound by bouncing it up and down on the showroom floor. He expressed confidence in his ability to get is set by doing that. I rode it several times and did not like the suspension action but was a little intimidated by his confidence in his settings. Well, on a really long downhill with rocks and roots, I stopped every 50 feet or so and messed with the clickers. Ended up with the rebound much farther out. Now it works GREAT! Only issue is some fork flex on high speed rocky downhills, particularly in turns. Can feel it wind up a little bit in fast rocky turns. Not really bad, but there is flex. Well worth it for me anyway because I like the action and the lockout (for climbing out of the saddle).
Similar Products Used: Several Fox 32mm including TALAS
Bike Setup: Ibis Mojo
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 28, 2009
Strengths: Smooth and plush. Travel adjustment works well.
Weaknesses: Could have come with a new star nut and post mounts for brakes.
I have the dual air version with QR. It works great. Feels much more rigid than the Dart 3, but much more compliant and controlled over bumps. The travel adjustment works as stated and can be used while riding. It can be a bit awkward to do so, but can be done. The compression adjustment and lockout work as stated. Rebound adjustment shows a noticable degree of change from min to max. I weigh about 200 lbs and with the air adjusted to about 140 in both chambers, it feels great and used most of its travel. I considered the TALAS from Fox, but the price was way to steep. This was on sale and I'm quite content.
a Cross Country Rider
from san jose, ca
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2009
Strengths: good stiffness, plush and not dive-y, uses full travel (as a coil fork)
Weaknesses: primitive rebound, mine came with tight lowers.
I bought the dual air model, and was pissed. It was worse than my old tora 318. Harsh and inconsistent. After a few months it wasn't getting better and i put on my tora lowers. Problem solved, but now i couldn't make it any plusher than the tora and still use 95% percent of travel on the biggest hits. Every ride started with 5 minutes futzing with air pressures. EVentually tore out the air spring crap and put a coil in. Ahhhhh... this is how this fork is supposed to feel. The air spring is good, i realize in retorspect, having ridden more forks, but the coil is the one to buy.
Similar Products Used: most of the similar stuff on the market.
Bike Setup: long travel hardtail
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 26, 2009
Strengths: Very light and very adjustable. Love the maxle lite and how easy it is to function. The rebound can be set to your riding style and it's negative and postive air and flood gate is always fun to mess with and get a great feeling from them.
Weaknesses: None so far...but I did lower it to 100mm of travel and I guess we put too much oil and I pushed beyond the travel and my flood gate leaks a bit, but that should be a very easy fix.
So far the best and greatest dual air fork I have felt.
Strengths: everything about this fork is just great; smooth, easy to tune and massive amounts to tune! light considering whats its designed to be used for, stiff, great for any use really, climbs brilliantly with pop-loc
Weaknesses: On mine the external floodgate wont turn.... but im looking into that on the weekend
no matter what you use it for, this forks gonna be great
i use it on anything i can, xc, downhill, even dirt jumps and no problem on the road when locked out
everythings highy tuneable, dual air is great and reboud easy to adjust, only thing like i said earlyer is that my floodgate wont turn, which affects the locked out performance, but im sure thats not hard to fix
overall, BRILLIANT fork,
buy it now
especially at the price i got it for from merlin cycles
Favorite Trail: dont really have specific trails... just bits and pieces
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: merlin cycles online
Similar Products Used: just my old suntour xcr's, dont compare to these though
Bike Setup: alloy hardtail, hydraulic quad brakes (to be upgraded to elixir's!!), shimano deore gearing system, blah blah blah
a Weekend Warrior
from Auckland, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2008
Strengths: Maxle is a great invention. The poploc control is much sturdier than the old version. Great weight to stiffness ratio.
Weaknesses: None noticed
This review is for the Dual Air version. Sadly for the LBS they gave me the price of the older model Revelation so I saved about $150. Though not as stiff as the Fox36R it replaced, the weight saving has been totally worth it. It has enough travel for all mountain riding and still allows for decent climbing. As mentioned, the maxle is brilliant. It's easy and quick to remove the wheel and saves weight without sacrificing strength. The poploc has been updated and now has a metal lever that my old one didn't so it's stronger and the disengagement is better thought out than the previous version.
The Revelation is easily as good as the Fox Float QR15 but doesn't cost as much. The new graphics are nicely designed too. RS have definately created a winning fork.
Similar Products Used: Fox 36R, RS Reba, RS Psylo xc, Manitou x-vert
Bike Setup: Ibis Mojo with Fox DHXair, mix of SRAM, Shimano, Hope pro2 hubs and other carbon bits.
a Weekend Warrior
from Davis, CA USA
Date Reviewed: November 12, 2008
Strengths: The fork is light, maxlelite is awesome, very plush for a 140mm fork, easy to adjust the dual air.
Weaknesses: My fork lost about an inch of travel after 1 1/2 months riding it, rock shox sent me back a new rebound damper which i had to install and send back the old faulty one. Havent had any complaints since. the stantions tend to get, 'stuck' a couple mm's below 140mm.
A very nice trail fork, wouldnt recommend riding it for resort riding or steep xc riding unless you have the uturn version.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 10, 2008
Extra 10mm travel over old model (now 140mm)
RS have refined an already great fork. More travel, more plush, new poploc, improved graphics.
For example, the travel adjust switch on the 2007 model flops around after a few months of use. For 2009, they seem to have a better quiality unit that feels a lot tighter and nicer to use.
It feels stiffer than my Fox Float and you get the full amount of travel out it - unlike the Fox where you'd be lucky to use 80% of its travel because it ramps-up so much towards the end of the stroke (which Fox air spring forks have a reputation for).
I've only ridden it 5 times, but I'm already convinced that it's a superior fork over the more expensive Fox. Manitou and Marz are still catching up, I can't comment on the Maguras or DT Swiss.
Plus RS are a lot easier to service.
IMO, Simply the best 140mm fork avaiable today...which makes it superb value for money at $600.
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