RockShox Reba RL 2011 Forks

4.13/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $398.49


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Product Description

  • Available Springs: Dual Air / Air U-Turn
  • Steerer Options: Aluminum, 1 1/8" or 1.5 To 1 1/8" Tapered
  • Crown: Forged, Hollow AL66 TV Aluminum Forged
  • Recommended Rear Shock: Monarch and Ario


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vitor a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2013

Strengths:    Reliable, strong, easy to set up.

Weaknesses:    Pop lock often stucks - when I try to unlock, it stays locked because of the cable. I think it was poorly installed by the shop.

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding with this fork for 18 months and had no problems yet. From lighter to harder xc, it takes any abuse you throw at it.

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Similar Products Used:   Manitou R7

Bike Setup:   Merida 96, x0, x9, DT swiss m210 rear shock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by S.O.B. a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2012

Strengths:    Price, I paid $325 for a used one here on MTBR in near new condition (knob lockout), then found an amazing deal on Speedgoat for a new one for $349, free shipping (remote lockout)!
Easy to adjust/dial in, easy and relatively cheap to get serviced, and they work.


Weaknesses:    Seems like the lockout slowly stops working after a while. I locked out one of mine to get use to riding with a rigid fork, the fork still had a slight give to it (normal), but then it had a bit more, then a bit more...till eventually there was no lockout. Paid $20 for shipping to have the fork fixed (under warranty) and now it works fine.

Bottom Line:   
I have two of these forks (2011 Reba RL's), one on my Niner One 9 and one on a SIR 9 for the past year with only the one lockout problem. I have had two 26" Reba's on older bikes and they lasted for years, with service about every 12-18 months (seal replacement...). Are they better than FOX forks? Probably not, but no worse in my opinion. I have seen both have problems and I have heard owners of both swear by them, so I would get what is cheaper or looks the best on your bike....for me, that was the white Reba RL's. ;)

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Favorite Trail:   286 (NC), Auburn SRA

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Thomson, Ritchey, Stans, Schwalbe, Avid, XT, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Varaxis a Weekend Warrior from SoCal

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2011

Strengths:    Dual Air = plush!
Stiff and light


Weaknesses:    Maybe too plush - bobs excessively when trying to hammering (up a hill, sprinting, or simply trying to accelerate fast)

Bottom Line:   
This is the plushest fork I've ever been on. It feels like the compliance that my tires gives me, just extended another 100mm! Just wish the rear had suspension like this to match, but it's a hardtail. Might be a bit too plush. This needs a remote lockout or something like Terralogic to make it perfect.

Feel no less stiff than the Fox F29 and a huge improvement in stiffness and plushness over the '07 Reba. Still is the "weakest link" in flexiness when twisting my front end, but good enough for how I ride and what trails I ride on my hardtail.

I usually just run it full open or lockout and relatively light rebound damping (I run low psi since I'm only 140 lbs) since the damper makes a somewhat annoying sound.

Also, I prefer the QR style dropouts on this Reba over the forward facing drop outs on the Fox.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   '11 Recon Silver TK, '07 Reba, '10 Fox F29 Float RLC, '10 F36 TALAS RC2

Bike Setup:   Ti 29er hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HomegrownMN a Cross Country Rider from Denver

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2011

Strengths:    Stiffness, plush, progressive, lock-out

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This review concerns the Reba RL 29er.
Absolutly loving this fork! Dual air is a breeze to adjust, MoCo damper is lightyears better than old RS dampers and the stiffness is plenty even with 29" wheels and using a DT Swiss RWS skewer.
Do yourself a favor and get an older thumb shifter for the lockout. Instead of On/Off, it can be tuned in combination with the FloodGate to infinite combinations. Way cheaper than RS lockout!
I am able to tune the fork to be nice and supple in the begining, with a nice progressive ramp-up towards the end. Take your time playing with the MoCo & Floodgate adjustments. This fork is highly tuneable.
Rockshox has come a long way since being purchased by Sram and the improvements are very noticeable. I've never been impressed with RS in the past, but they have stepped up their game.
I own all 4 major manufacturers forks on diff bikes & couldn't be happier with the Reba on my Monkey.

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Favorite Trail:   Sandy Wash

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   Fox F100, Manitou Minute Expert, Marzocchi Marathon, RS Sid

Bike Setup:   Surly Karate Monkey, 1x9, Reba RL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Oly_E3 a Racer from Cres, Croatia

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2011

Strengths:    Excellent build quality, great dumper system, lightweight (1600g, only 100-150g more than SID but cheaper alot), ruff terrain and technical XC is not problem for this fork. I also didn't notice any flexing while braking or turning in corners, very reliable

Weaknesses:    Non

Bottom Line:   
One of the best forks for money. It behaves like other dual air forks, very smooth over technical terrain. No problem with it after lots of kilometers, and air is held tight. I'm very happy with it

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche Expert/Reba RL 100mm/Shimano SLX, Deore XT and XTR components/FSA carbon handlebar,stem and seatpost/Fizik Gobi Seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hags707 a Weekend Warrior from Red Deer, Alberta

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2011

Strengths:    Lots of room for adjustments, stiff, plush.

Weaknesses:    not much good info on the setup.

Bottom Line:   
So far its good, works great. I will update if any thing changes

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   2011 X-Caliber

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by payne1302 a Cross Country Rider from Virginia, USA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2011

Strengths:    Sold by good people who were mortified that this garbage fork

Weaknesses:    Faulty Manufacturing

Bottom Line:   
THIS FORK AND ROCKSHOX ARE GARBAGE! I trimmed out the positive and negative air chambers before my first ride and carefully read the manual for possible break-in requirements (found none). I rode 30 minutes and the fork bottomed out and would not hold air. I brought it back to my very embarrassed LBS. They sent it back to rockshox immediately and ten days later I'm still without a bike because rockshox is taking their sweet time doing warranty work. No apologies, no updates, just terrible lag time after spending pretty good money on a presumably higher end product. Garbage company. Garbage fork. I'll be getting a fox racing shock as a replacement.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountainhead

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Similar Products Used:   Dart-II. Marzocchi and Fox Racing products.

Bike Setup:   2011 Gary Fisher X-Cal

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CubeJon a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2011

Strengths:    Smooth and reliable. Makes light work of even heavy duty XC riding.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
These forks came on the bike but I would happily change them like for like when the time comes. After riding other bikes with alternative forks I can't rate these forks enough. Very confidence inspiring.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on 2011 Cube LT

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Pilot XC.

Bike Setup:   2011 Cube LTD.

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