RockShox Reba RL 2013 Forks

3/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $501.99

Product Description

The Rockshox Reba RL suspension fork is the chameleon of forks; it climbs like a mountain goat. However, once you point it down the mountain, it feels like sitting on a couch. The Reba is super consistent, durable, and easy to service. ...

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by zeke brynin

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2014

Strengths:    This is a fairly light fork for the price

Weaknesses:    poor quality control
As a bike store employee i have had to replace the air cartridge twice for working improperly and leaking air in under 600 miles

Bottom Line:   
basically its pot luck with some products, i did not get lucky on this one and am stuck with a halfway good fork, however sram is always happy to help in the warranty department although it is a pain in the butt especially for someone who has to wait for a shop to complete the work for them

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike in CC a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2014

Strengths:    1) Supple over small-bump terrain and eats up the big stuff just fine.
2) The multi-compression setting is a plus.
3) Bomb-proof design. Easily serviceable.

Weaknesses:    Some squish noise on hard hits but not detrimental to the operation.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first new Reba after a disaster that was a 2013 Fox Evo 29 fork on a previous bike. The Fox felt like a pogo stick (dried out w/ stiction) and this Reba is a dream in hindsight. It delivers a plush feel at the right solo air pressure and I know I can service this fork myself when the time comes. It's definitely an XC fork as it's a bit flexy under heavy load but it's light and race worthy, although not as sexy as a SID. Would I buy one aftermarket? Hell yea.

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Favorite Trail:   Quartz (Cave Creek, AZ)

Duration Product Used:   2 months

Purchased At:   incl w/ bike

Similar Products Used:   Fox Evolution 29

Bike Setup:   2013 Camber Comp Carbon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lardog a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2013

Strengths:    Sucks up the small bumps easily. Not really the shock for couple foot drops, more of a XC style shock.

Weaknesses:    Could have a little quicker reaction time. A rather loud air compression noise when its being worked...

Bottom Line:   
I have a Giant Trance 2 - a mid range bike and have been upgrading components over time. I used to have a Manitou Black 100mm and upgraded to the RockShox Reba 120mm. I have not tested lots of different shocks so my comparison point is versus the Manitou Black and the Rockshox Reba is far superior. it feels like it gets the full 120mm of travel, not some portion of the travel, and is very smooth and plush over smallish rock gardens and wash boards at speed. Lockout works fine, still travels about 20mm in that mode. Bigger drops not necessarily its strong suit, but excellent fork for the typical XC areas that I ride in No CA. Happy riding peeps!

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville

Duration Product Used:   1 ride so far

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black

Bike Setup:   2005 Giant Trance 2, XT derailleurs and brakes, RockShox Reba fork, Fox float rear, Reverb drop post.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Randall in NC a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2013

Strengths:    -Easy setup compared to the Dual Air
-Soaks up small bumps on groomed trails
-Light Weight
-Low price point

Weaknesses:    -Leaky seals
-Poor quality control
-Does not perform well on rougher trails
-Fork seems to flex more than other brands
-Bike Shop friendly

Bottom Line:   
I purchased a dual air Reba last year for a hardtail 29er build, the fork become stuck in the down position on the first ride. Rock Shox sent me a new Reba Ti dual air as a replacement and informed me that there were issues with trash contaminating the Reba forks during assembly. The Reba Ti dual air was good for about six weeks before the lockout stopped working correctly. Rock Shox then sent me a SID, but I sold the bike before riding the newly installed fork. Last fall I purchased a 2013 full suspension XC bike that was shipped with the new Reba RL solo air. I thought what the heck, a new design I will give it a chance. After about 10 rides, the fork was sagging 20mm at 115psi with no weight on the bike. I’m assuming that air was passing from the positive to the negative chambers causing the sag. The fork has be sent back to Rock Shox to be repaired.

When the fork was functioning correctly it seemed like a fork best suited on a hardtail for the more groomed trails. This is not the kind of fork I would install on a full suspension bike that may be used on rougher trails. The Reba did not seem to handle multiple rocks (rock gardens), roots, and dips very well. A fork from another manufacturer will be installed on my full suspension bike and the Reba will be on the shelf as a spare. Based on the quality control issues I’ve had with the Reba, I would not recommend either version of this fork…

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Favorite Trail:   Pisgah

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Reba RL Dual Air
Reba Ti Dual Air
Fox Float 32 (x3)

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic 29er Carbon Comp, Fox F29, SRAM X0, Stan's Crest


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