RST Launch 2009 Forks

1.38/5 (13 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Steerer: 28.6
  • Crown: Aluminum, Satin Black
  • Crown Pitch: 130mm
  • Stanchion: 32 steel, Black color
  • Outer Leg: Aluminum


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Billie Cook

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2012

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Really heavy
Don't have the "130" mm travel, more like 5mm
Rust in two days
Bend from a 1 foot drop


Bottom Line:   
do not get these! They are the worst forks be built! Bottom line RST stands for really sh*t technology

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by BARAvnzla a Weekend Warrior from Caracas, Venezuela

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2011

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Heavy, QR on a "freeride/dirt jump" fork.

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the worst forks I've ever tried, there's only like 70mm of travel from the advertised 130, the preload adjust knobs are just cosmetic (dont adjust anything) dont work on small bumps (extra rigid) or big drops (can barely use half of the travel), and there's only QR option on a suposed "freeride/ dirt Jump" fork. Another "stay away at all cost" product from RST. Dumping them as soon as i can aford something better.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 55 rv, RST Gila.

Bike Setup:   Jamis Komodo I, Avid Elixir 3 Brakes, Truvativ Stylo Handlebar, RaceFace Evolve Stem, Sram X7 rear der, Sram X5 shifters, Shimano deore Cranks, Alex TD17 rims.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nike2405 a Downhiller from Latvia Riga

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2011

Weaknesses:    Its a piece of poo.
It feels like its made of rock.


Bottom Line:   
DONT BUY THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   e-bike

Bike Setup:   4Ever-No Respect

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by launch is terrible a Cross Country Rider from victoria

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2010

Strengths:    it looks really smooth when the forks snapped like a banana.

Weaknesses:    the fact that it snapped on me

Bottom Line:   
dont buy them cause there a piece of POO! and SNAP!

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Favorite Trail:   lysterfield

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   N/A

Bike Setup:   fluid mayhem

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by FireballADICT a Downhiller from england

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2010

Strengths:    no issues about them being "weak"

Weaknesses:    They bearly work..

Bottom Line:   
after about 2 days of use they just stopped working, oiled them, used WD40 nothing works, basicly dont buy them unless there stock, and if they are, replace them

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Favorite Trail:   -

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   local store

Bike Setup:   2010 fireball, gusset single speed kit, halo sas set. etc

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by bikes a Weekend Warrior from Portland, Oregon

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010

Strengths:    Big drops onto dirt.

Weaknesses:    Any small jump. Concrete.

Bottom Line:   
Look for better deals. They look nice but they are no good for street or anything besides trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Homemade trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   RST191

Bike Setup:   Mtn. Hardtail

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by hazzah a Weekend Warrior from Vic

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2010

Strengths:    Looks OK but doesnt perform - really - None

Weaknesses:    Both Forks snapped completely going over a small jump. The bike was one week old and barely used - Jump was perfect, - 30 stitches later,fractures and a fully broken bike. I'm not happy.forks are crap and obviously weak

Bottom Line:   
Dont ever buy

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   EBH


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kabalyero a Cross Country Rider from bronco town Baguio City Phillippines

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2010

Weaknesses:    heavy

Bottom Line:   
better if less weight

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Favorite Trail:   yellow trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $48.00

Purchased At:   uni ace

Similar Products Used:   mozo

Bike Setup:   cross country

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by paddyeire55 a Weekend Warrior from ireland

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2010

Strengths:    can take some hard hits descent for value

Weaknesses:    bridge is flimsy as hell.they seized up after 3 months

Bottom Line:   
stay away from them

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Favorite Trail:   belvior

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came stock on my fir

Similar Products Used:   gila t4,xcr

Bike Setup:   mongoose fireball 09

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rvr1000 a Weekend Warrior from Sydney

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2009

Strengths:    Simple to use. Despite low price actually works.

Weaknesses:    Brand name

Bottom Line:   
Once I worked out the preload and set it up for myself, it worked absolutely perfectly. It's a cheap fork but I will not replace it anytime soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Golden Stairs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Numerous foxes


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by griffiths95 a Weekend Warrior from Bromsgrove, Worcs, UK

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2009

Strengths:    cheap

Weaknesses:    cheap.
bridge and crown.


Bottom Line:   
I did an endo in my garden, fell off and the bridge snapped on the right hand side. okay but don't fall off.

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Favorite Trail:   coed y brenin

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   local store

Bike Setup:   saracen amplitude 2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by shady_1 a Weekend Warrior from singo

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2009

Strengths:    no frigen strengths

Weaknesses:    they weigh tooo much and drop the front of my bike down while im in the air so it sucks

Bottom Line:   
they bloody suck, dont buy them, they not worth it

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Favorite Trail:   pioner track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $148.00

Purchased At:   singleton cycles


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by tha vincy a Downhiller from butuan city, philippines

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2009

Strengths:    stiff fork gud for dirt jumping

Weaknesses:    crap preload knobs easily get broke,not that good for riding rock gardens.

Bottom Line:   
don't buy this fork unless your a cheap az freerider like me he he. good for dirt jumping. rst still producing crap forks knobs just for a show

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Favorite Trail:   eureka rock garden, wisler vinapor, dual slalom angtongalon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   marbert, - cdo

Bike Setup:   freeride hardtail gt chucker 2.0

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