RockShox Sektor R 2011 Forks

3.13/5 (8 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Travel: 130/140/150mm Solo Air and Coil
  • Available Springs: Solo Air / Coil / Coil U-Turn
  • Crown: Forged Hollow 6061 T-6 Aluminum
  • Lowers: Magnesium, Post Disc Mount

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Herbie

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2013

Strengths:    Good feel on the U-Turn coil version. Smooth. 20mm through axle.

Weaknesses:    Minimally adjustable. Travel distance and rebound, that's it. I'm not sure I understand the appeal of the U-Turn feature. Sure, you can dial it down to 100mm travel (I have the 100mm-140mm version), but why? It doesn't seem to me that you would want that on a frame optimally designed for 140mm fork. If you're finding yourself riding terrain frequently that calls for that short amount of travel, you probably also want lock-out, which this fork does not have.

Bottom Line:   
The Sektor R came stock on my 2011 Norco Sasquatch. Now, coil is all well and good if you happen to weigh the 160-180 pounds the stock (medium) spring it comes with is rated for. I am 6' and weigh 210 with my equipment on. The stock spring was much too soft for me. In order to fix this, you have to replace the entire spring assembly, which is not the relatively simple process it is with a regular, non U-Turn spring coil. So you're looking at $50 for a new spring + about an hour of your time to replace it -or- perhaps 30 minutes worth of a pro tech's time. If you know exactly what you're doing and work fast, the job could probably be done in 15 minutes, but no less than that.

I would probably rate the solo air version of this a little higher. It's just a lot of hassle and drawback for a fairly limited use feature like U-Turn.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Slava

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2012

Strengths:    Don't know

Weaknesses:    Very poor QC of Rock Shox.

Bottom Line:   
I got as OEM kit, and after the first ride I found that fork bushing has defect - knocking. This fork is right out of the box and already with bushing issue!
It looks like my bike will stuck at the back of my house for a month or so, while RS distributer servicing the fork...
I would not buy both R and RL version, or would check twice for any factory defects!

Sorry... I don't like SRAM products, like Avid and RockShox

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Bike Setup:   SantaCruz Heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AMSMANFACE

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2012


Weaknesses:    not as adjustable as some would like but I have set it up just right anyway!

Bottom Line:   
I have the Sektor R Solo Air version (not the coil) with the 9mm QR. I come in at 13.5 stone (85 kgs) and this fork has taken numerous, serious beatings at trail centres and has performed great on long XC style rides. the 150mm travel is great and the rebound when set up correct is very sweet and controlled esp for the price. it is also very stiff (build wise) and you get no flex under braking etc. I have had them for 6 months and I have covered 300 off road miles with no issues. IF your on a budget (sort of) I would recommend these 110% great fork at a great price.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eckstream1 a Weekend Warrior from Reading, Pa USA

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2012

Strengths:    Decent fork for the price... Handles AM riding well. Easy to set up and adjust...

Weaknesses:    Not very adjustable... As a basic fork you can only adjust compression and rebound.

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad fork... I'm looking to replace my Sektor R with a Sektor RL 15mm TA


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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Penn/Neversink

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came on my Santa Cru

Bike Setup:   2011 Santa Cruz Nickel D Build

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Omid Ghassemi a Downhiller from Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2011

Strengths:    worked well for a while. really took a beating while it worked

Weaknesses:    The fork worked very well, but suddenly gave in a month and a half ago for no reason. i took the bike out for a spina nd found myself bottoming out on the smallest drops and bumps. I pumped up the fork 30psi above my weight leaking whatsoever, and yet it continued to bottom out and the sag was basically at 40-50%...and i only weight 135lbs!!!! i sent it in to Rock Shox and they replaced the cartridge, dampers, seals and spring...and when i got it back..same old same old. a friend of mine had his leak after a month of i am not at all satisfied.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that you shouldnt get this fork. it is great while it works, especially for the price...but seems to be VERY prone to failure. Get a used (or new if you can afford it) Revelation, Talas or Float if you are running a 4"-5" bike, or a Lyrik, Van, Float or Talas if running a 6" (well there is no 6" sektor, but you may want to go 6" like i did for a more dh oriented long as it doesnt compromise your frame integrity)

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Favorite Trail:   Z's, Magic Carpet, Sweetness

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox Van RLC

Bike Setup:   heckler, fox van all around, sram x9/xo drivetrain, elixir cr, azonic outlaws

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andrei a Weekend Warrior from Bucharest

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2011

Strengths:    Looks

Weaknesses:    Does not last

Bottom Line:   
After purchasing a Ragley Piglet frame from chainreactioncycles, I went to to have my brand new rock shox recon u-turn installed.When the mechanic cut the fork pipe, it was so short that it would not come out the other side of the bike.The shop offered to weld it back on and I started to laugh.Than they offered to exchange it for an used pike u-turn, once again I refused the offer.The shop finally gave me a sektor u-turn 110-150.A week after riding the bike to the office I took my Piglet to a light off road open muddy field.Half an hour later the fork just droped.I put the lock on the fork and barley managed to get to a gas station to wash the mud off and see what happened.The next day the fork was at the shop again.At the shop I was told sram does not allow 150mm forks on hardtails but they will overlook it, and that I will also have to pay for some parts because the fork was power washed.Also the shop gave me to use the same pike
u-turn.They also told me,this first time, that the fork does not work.Since was not authorised by Sram to fix the sektor the fork had to be sent to .During the three weeks I had to wait for the fork to be repaired at the Sram authorised dealer,I purchased a bike for my daughter from the same shop, I sent them new customers that purchased a new bike from them.When I asked why it took such a long time, I was told that the Sram mechanics had a race to go to.Also I was told that I had to ride aggressively because the fork lock does not work and it might start working, if the lock does not work I should bring the fork back for repairs.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Dart3

Bike Setup:   Ragley Piglet frame,avid elixir r,novatec hubs,slx kit

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Felix a Weekend Warrior from Auckland, NZ

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2011

Strengths:    For a 32mm fork can take a real beating, cheap for what it is.

Weaknesses:    Tends to need checking before every ride - during a few rides has lost 40 - 50 psi randomly.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this shock as a deal when buying a frame, intending to upgrade it when it bombed. So far this hasn't happened, I'm impressed with it.

As a trail fork its very good - I use it on my All Mountain/bike park mtb.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Planet Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Fox Talas 32, Van/Vanilla 32, Float 32

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by woahey a Weekend Warrior from Sedona, AZ

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2011

Strengths:    Overall good fork. Surprisingly strong despite it's appearance. Once I set it up properly, I have had no issues with it. Has taken some serious beatings. I will definitely upgrade when this one goes, but don't see that happening for a while.

Weaknesses:    None as of yet.

Bottom Line:   
Great, inexpensive (not cheap) fork.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox revelation, Bomber,

Bike Setup:   Heckler, xt, sektor, float rp23, outlaw wheelset,

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