RockShox Dart 2 2010 Forks

3/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $136.00

Product Description

  • Travel: 80/100
  • Damping: Turn Key Option
  • Adjustments: Lockout Optional, Preload
  • Steerer Options: Stkm Steel 1 1/8"
  • Crown: Forged 6061 T-6 Aluminum

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lance Bumstrong

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2014

Strengths:    This seemingly cheap part will quite happily follow the any bike it is mated to- even if it is high end ! Make sense of that ? I have a Marin full susser, and this manages the duty up front without complaint. No pump.. no hassle, really. #LBS #RockShox

Weaknesses:    What starts off as a 100mm fork, RAPIDLY boils down to less when the brakes are applied. I don't call it harsh, just unrefined to some degree.

Bottom Line:   
Can't really go wrong for the money, especially if it is the money that counts plus a ride that makes sense.
Cushions the ride, mates with rigid or full suspension, without knowing the difference ! Tried, tested, confirmed Captain. Over and out, Lance Bumstrong

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2012

Strengths:    I've had no reliability issues with this fork after 2 summers of use. Fork is well damped and appropriately tensioned for my weight.

Weaknesses:    Clearly not a high end product, why compare to an $800 fork?
RockShox documentation is poor, I can scarcely find any info on maintenance, parts, etc.

Bottom Line:   
Great for hopping curbs, running over random stuff, and fine for basic off road duty. Regarding heavy impacts, my Dart 2's have a surprising range of travel, and I've never bottomed out. Lockouts work fine, and the lockout version has Magnesium lowers just like the Dart 3. Adjusting rebound and preload, I've got a pretty decent shock, I weigh 150. Works well with squishy WTB velociraptor tires and slicks too. Awesome running Michelin's Wild Run'r, a higher pressure tire with no cushion. Maybe manufacturing quality of these is quite variable? I hear a lot of complaints, I guess I got a really good pair?

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Duration Product Used:   2 summers

Bike Setup:   Motobecane 500ht, stock except fork was random upgrade Bikes Direct gave me and they replaced the disc rotors with Tektro Lyra, the Tektro Novela rotors had come with a factory defect.

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

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2012

Strengths:    Great entry level fork, reliable, can take abuse

Weaknesses:    little stiff, on temperatures below zero is rigid fork, heavy

Bottom Line:   
This fork came with my bike (Kona Blast 2010), it was great fork, I was everywhere with that fork, and it took pretty much abuse from me, but it was annoying on winter, it was rigid fork,but after time it was upgraded with dual air RS Reba SL.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gt ss

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2012

Strengths:    inexpensive, black, absorbs trail shock and not all that heavy. What else do you want?

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have this fork on two bikes. I'm 170lbs and ride semi aggressive cross country. I'm not into high end parts or bling so this fork is perfect. I have had these forks on the two bikes for two years going into three and have yet to have been dissappointed AT ALL.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David C a Weekend Warrior from Montreal, Qc

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2012

Strengths:    Super easy to service (basic suspension). better fork available for a $100. Good quality materials. Reliable coil suspension and you can tweek the damping by changing for a different density oil weight.

Weaknesses:    The fork can't move much under freezing temperature, due to the lowers contracting under the cold. Maybe the magnesium lowers would be better. Lock-out option isn't worth it for reliability issues.

Bottom Line:   
For $100, it's the best choice to make, however, please get something better (lighter, better damping, more adjustments, etc) if you plan on using it for MTN riding. I wouldn't recommend it for heavy riders either (170lbs+) or aggressive ones. For commuting or for a cheap bike for your friend to borrow, or if you need to replace the cheap SR Suntour or RST fork that just blow up and don't have much money, this is perfect.

I have the most basic one, Dart 2 with only preload adjuster. I have put more then 1 355 km (about 850 miles) and over 100 hours on this fork riding since more then 2 years straight. Mostly urban commute and 20% of dirt. Went trough 2 full winters in Montreal, 2 full summer directly on ocean front (MD) and I did the first oil change at about 1 000km mark, after the second summer (1 year). The seals and bushing are still very good, some scuff and blemish on the stanchions (normal for entry-level stanchion quality), but no oil leak or and damage. Paint chips around the drop-outs, and scratch on the lowers from bike rack rubbing everyday I commute.

People have been having problems with those forks are either too heavy, too hard on them (they're not high end forks) or just don't know how to properly maintain them. Plus the cheap lock-out option is another thing that will break easy. In term of durability/performance/reliability vs the cost, it's way ahead of any other forks, such as SR Suntour XCR or RST Gila, which are in the $100 price range. This is the perfect fork for a commuter bike or beginner rider. Cheap and good. For the price, that's about the further your money will go.

You may also want to get the right spring rating if you're very light (-100lbs) or heavier (+160lbs). Stock springs are the black ones, for 100 to 150 lbs rider (just an approximation). If it's too hard or too soft, you should check out the right spring rating first before bashing that fork.

4 chilis overall because of the freezing lowers.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   SR Suntour XCR, RS Judy Race

Bike Setup:   Trail bike and winter bike for heavy duty commute and light trail riding.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chantheman84 a Weekend Warrior from Lakeland

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2011

Strengths:    Looks Good but thats about all

Weaknesses:    Everything else, After the first week I lost the rebound, Can't take any hits higher than a curb,

Bottom Line:   
Really, really crappy forks for any type of riding off road, Don't waste the money to buy, comes standard on bikes from LBS and will be the first thing your going to replace.
Straight garbage, straight up!

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Favorite Trail:   Carter RD,Fl.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $87.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Sr sun tour xct,lefty 1,marz bomber

Bike Setup:   Huffy Black widow,w/manitou swinger 4way, crappy dart 2 forks 100mm,All Shimano Drivetrain,ritchey bars/stem,Avid disc brakes.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Loganay a Weekend Warrior from Texas

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2011

Strengths:    Decent absorption
decent price

Weaknesses:    lockout sucks

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad fork, but not a good one either... The lockout has never really worked since day one (brand new), the pre-load doesn't do much and the settings are really worthless to adjust. Other than that it is a pretty free flowing shock which works well on trails, even the rough ones, and handles its own as far as I have had it. However, if one is looking to upgrade, then find something better and more worthwhile...

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Favorite Trail:   local

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Suntour SR

Bike Setup:   Haro Flightline Comp (fork came with bike)

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