Cane Creek AD-5 Rear Shock

4.13/5 (47 Reviews)
Weight : 160 grams MSRP : $190.00


Product Description

Cold forged and machined 6000-series aluminum.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anthony a Weekend Warrior from Henderson, NV USA

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2011

Strengths:    Very lightweight, strong, and basically maintenance free.

Weaknesses:    No lock-out

Bottom Line:   
I have used this shock on my bike for 10 years! Yes, this is not a miss-print...10 years and I have never maintained it. I have never done anything to this shock other than put air in it on occasion. Recently it is not holding its pressure and after two weeks it completely bottoms out. I have ordered a re-build kit in order to alleviate this. I hope it works.

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Favorite Trail:   Brian Head, UT

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock 2001 Gary Fisher Sugar 3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ian Mathews a Cross Country Rider from Morgantown

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2008

Strengths:    plush, easy to use, light,

Weaknesses:    when compressed all the way in. it takes a while to rebound... way to long to rebound

Bottom Line:   
the sugar uses the AD-5 exceptionally well. with just 100 Lbs of air on the lower link hole (the + model sugar has adjustable B-links) it runs great and with no bob. however when im using hte top link and somhwere around 150 Lbs and i hit a large bump. the shock will almost bottom out and make a loud hissing sound and take mabey 2 seconds to rebound... i dont know if this is right, my fox didnt do that. pressure is still good, its not leaking.

in my opinion if you get a sugar... get the one with the fox shock. the AD-5 is good for a base price but nothing compares to fox's rear shocks.

all in all its a good little peice of equipment and it hasnt fubard yet

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   fox float

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher sugar3+, gary fisher hookooekoo, specialized Sworks, gary fisher super caliper, mongoose zero g-3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don T a Cross Country Rider from Bt Timah

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2007

Strengths:    Very light. Easy to instal & service. No complications.

Weaknesses:    Non, as I am not a fan of the lock-out system but may be important for some enthusias.

Bottom Line:   
Simplicity is very important to me. Being a weekend rider, I do not have much time to mess around with the technical aspect of an mtb ride. A shock must be light, tough, simple to use, economical, & does it's intended job. It's quiet on the trail, not like the noisy rattle I've to live with on the FOX coil shock. Moreover, the weight-PSI guide is good enough to tune to the rebound desired. Great for amatuer riders like myself. Could be too simplified for competitive types.

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Favorite Trail:   Bt Timah Nature Reserve

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $46.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Fox Coil shock.

Bike Setup:   Kona Kikapu

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Woodard a Weekend Warrior from Denver

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2007

Strengths:    Simple design. Clean action. Easy (super easy) service. Great for XC.

Weaknesses:    Light on options - but this is something the buyer sees before making the purchase so I'm not sure if it can qualify as a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the last pieces of original equipment that remains on my Fuel 80. I considered upgrading to a lock out version like the Cloud 9 but it's not necessary for my frame. The AD 5 feels great on the climbs and takes the edge off on the downhills.

The seals started to leak after a few years. I purchased a new set for $30 and installed them in ~20 minutes. Super easy with clear instructions!

I don't understand why Cane Creek doesn't get more notoriety. It seems like most of their products get great reviews. I'm definitely a fan.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Wheat Ridge

Bike Setup:   Upgraded Fuel 80.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by V8 a Cross Country Rider from Utah

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2006

Strengths:    Large Volume Air Chamber, Simple, Light, Good Customer Service (custom bushings -for a price-) Works.

Weaknesses:    No external Adjustments.

Bottom Line:   
No worries shock that works very well. Some bob while pedaling since there is no platform dampening, but pumped up just right you can eliminate it. Very large diameter so it might be hard to fit on some bikes, it barley fit mine. Works better than a comparable fox shock.

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Favorite Trail:   Riverside Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR 2004 custom built wheels with hope xc front, saint rear with hone derail, xt front derail, fox 2004 talas RLC.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TheBigC a Cross Country Rider from Tampa, FL

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2004

Strengths:    LIGHT!! Tough. Looks nice. Works good.

Weaknesses:    No external adjustment. What do you want for $35?

Bottom Line:   
works very nice. Definately better than the heavy crap that came with the bike. New shock took several pounds off the bike, I kid you not. Got the tune up kit from Cane Creek (shipped to the door within a week) and it helped tame the ejection seat effect a lot.

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Favorite Trail:   Rollercoaster

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   ebay, baby

Similar Products Used:   stock RSX coil shock.

Bike Setup:   GT XCR5000. All XT and avid.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Azmi Zack from Singapore

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2004

Strengths:    Strength? All said by other reviewers already.

Weaknesses:    NO tweeky techy features.

Bottom Line:   
The main reason I used this shock is because it's the only shock in the world that can fit a Girvin fork. Givin fork came outfitted with a (crapy) coil-over shock or the smart shock. The Noleen is noisy n the smart shock is heavy. AD5 out-do this setbacks.

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Favorite Trail:   Bukit Timah

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Similar Products Used:   other air shox n coil overs.

Bike Setup:   A bike frame n GIRVIN CROSS LINK ELITE FORK.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gabe camut a Cross Country Rider from johnstown, pa

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2004

Strengths:    i love the amount of versitillity this shock has when i know i'm gunna be climbing i'll set it hard when i'm doin singletrack i'll set it softer i love it plus they got me a shock pump to go with it.... i love speedgoat

Weaknesses:    i have a trek y-1 and where the valve is to set the psi is in a funny location so when i want to change the psi i have to dismount half the shock , this probably won't be the same with many other bikes

Bottom Line:   
bottom line i love this shock and would NOT trade it for ANY OTHER SHOCK it has great adjustability and performs awsome

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Favorite Trail:   home made singletrack

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat bicycles

Similar Products Used:   had a coilover?

Bike Setup:   trek Y-1 cane creek ad-5, easton ec-90 bar ea-70 stem , shimano spd pedals, irc serac tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bryce a Cross Country Rider from Springville Ut, USA

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2003

Strengths:    Good Shock. You hook up the pump to it, pump it to whatever you need and your off. Simple to use. Easy to take care of.

Weaknesses:    Bottom out easily. Even when the pressure is high.

Bottom Line:   
Its a good shock. I like the set up of it and how it works. It's a good shock if your using it just for a bike ride. If you racing you might consider a different shock, but i guess its a good shock for racing.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Bike Setup:   Garyfisher with lots of STYLE

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marco alberio from milano, Italy

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2003

Strengths:    strong (my weight is about 200lbs), easy maintenance, competely adjustable.

Weaknesses:    many settings are internal and require partial shock dismount...but AD10 or AD12 have these external settings ;-)

Bottom Line:   
AD5 is the entrylevel shock from CaneCreek but this means no compromise value, only set up is little complex due internal settings. I'm happy for its sensibility, you can forget that AD5 is "air" shock, seems use spring, expect its weigth...
My next shock ? Why change it... however it will be from CaneCreek, sure !

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   come with bike

Similar Products Used:   DNM ST10RC, Stratos Helix Pro

Bike Setup:   Trek VRX300, deeply customized...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by POSER NUMBAH ONE SDV a Cross Country Rider from DENVER

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2003

Strengths:    QUCIK PERFORMING, LOW MAINTANENCE SHOCK. CAME STOCK ON THE BIKE I BOUGHT TWO YEARS AGO, AND IS STILL RUNNING STRONG.

Weaknesses:    FINDING THE PREFERRED PSI IS A PAIN IN THE ASS, AND THEN KEEPING AT THAT LEVEL SUCKS. NO LOCKOUT, AS MANY OF THE NEWER REAR SHOCKS NOW HAVE.

Bottom Line:   
DECENT SHOCK FOR BEING AS OLD AS IT IS. I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THE AD-5 EXACTLY, BUT SEEMS VERY SIMILAR. MAYBE JUST AN OLDER MODEL. OVERALL, I DIG THE SHOCK AND HAVE NOT HAD A DESIRE TO REPLACE IT. IF I HAD A CHOICE, THOUGH, I'D DIG A NEWLY DESIGNED SHOCK WITH LOCKOUT AND OTHER TECHY FEATURES.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   CAME STOCK ON 2000 SUGAR 3

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   STOCK EXCEPT SOME FAT BMW PEDALS AND SOME NEW WTB TIRES. RIDE HARD 4 - 5 TIMES A WEEK.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Casey a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2003

Strengths:    came with the bike, i like the adjustable travel, i like the adjustable air pressure, but can't say i've used either yet.

Weaknesses:    I bought the bike, and after the first ride it lost all air pressure completely. Pumped it back up, and while I was going for my second ride, it lost pressure completely on the way home.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is that the shock should work on a new bike.. it didn't. The good news is that I had my new shock in about 2 weeks (I was on vacation for one of them), so it didn't really effect my riding time. I would have been pissed with Cane Creek if it was my commuter bike or mid-summer. The new warrantied shock works just fine after two rides, and haven't had to pump any new air in it since installation. I have nothing against Cane or Fisher, just though I would pass this info on as an un-biased consumer.

3 Chilis for each rating because I love the shock now, and Montlake has EXCELLENT guys in the shop, but I still wish my $1400 bike would have come with a working rear shock.

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Favorite Trail:   Tiger Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Montlake Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Hardtail

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Sugar 3+

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Quince a Racer from USAF Academy, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2003

Strengths:    No air leaks, low maintenance

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This is a great rear shock so far. I weigh 180 and keep the pressure around 140psi eventhough Cane Creek says 190psi. Will probably never ride a hardtail again.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with Bike

Similar Products Used:   First full-suspension bike

Bike Setup:   Sugar 3, Duke Race fork, XT everything, Chris King headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cliff a Cross Country Rider from City of Lights

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2002

Strengths:    light, good control for XC, EXCELLENT customer service, have to take apart to adjust damping

Weaknesses:    have to take apart to adjust damping

Bottom Line:   
Will buy again, light, great for XC (as it's designed for); don't think there is enough shock there to be doing downhill or big drops except maybe for a real lightweight? Only have to adjust air pressure if I want to change firmness. Set and forget damping internally if you really need to. Fairly warm around here so maybe won't have some of the problems other guys talk about possibly because of the colder climates? Customer service is tops (had a couple of problems with mounting hardware). Will post again if problems develop. Note: Not a biggie but used a couple of ultra-thin stainless steel "washers" on the mounting bolts between the bushing plugs and the frame so the alloy bushing plugs in the shock wouldn't be rotating directly against and possibly wearing the frame. It still left a small amount of space so binding or wear on the plugs shouldn't be a problem. Probably need to pull apart and clean and lube every so often as the mounting bolt, at least on my setup, is also the pivot "axle" for shock movement as I don't see how the pressed in plugs can move in the shock eye. For the XC lighter use trek type riding and reasonable price, and customer service, can't beat it. 5 torches x 2

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Favorite Trail:   Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Coil over/oil

Bike Setup:   Trek Y

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bigjay from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This shock is super light and relatively inexpensive - it's the absolute lightest shock on the market - and nearly bomb proof. You can tear the thing apart and service it your self quite easily with tools you probably already have.

I called the folks at Cane Creek to get a replacement seal kit and they sent it out immediately. The kit arrived by mail the very next day and I rebuilt it in around an hour which included having to read through the instructions. The same rebuild could be completed in about 20 min now that I've done it.

Can be pumped up and left for long periods. I usually check the pressure once every couple weeks and it has rarely lost more than a couple psi. Can't wait to try the Cloud Nine.

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Favorite Trail:   conyers

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bicycles East in Charlotte, NC


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