from London, England
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2011
Strengths: plush, easy to set up, the fact it has no piggy back means thats there's only spring and rebound to adjust.
looks quite cool. has fox's reliability and just is a fox.
for a budget shock it takes abuse like a beast.
doesn't bottom easily.
Weaknesses: seems to make a noise on impact (but at least you know its working)
i dont know about weight because if you bought a shock to save weight you wouldnt read a review about a coil shock really.
i've done full on downhill race tracks on it and havent bottomed it out on them, only once on a 4 foot jump but i landed ridiculously hard to flat so that was my own fault.
seems to be plush, i dont know how much it costs so ignore my value rating.
i want to upgrade but thats just cause i want a piggy back shock. perfect for all mountain i'd say. downhill was testing it a bit, but it happily took it.
Bike Setup: 03 kona stinky rasta edition, junior T, avid 5, deore shifters and derailleurs
from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2006
Strengths: Strong shock, durable
Weaknesses: Too stiff
It's a good strong shock, it never broke down on me in 2 years, good for light freeriding, don't try a 6 feet or + drop because the landing is going to be pretty hard (trust me I tried it). I'm 6'0' 175 pounds and the shcok only bottomed out twice, it is too stiff for extreme freeriding or downhill.
Strengths: fox name works great when u have it set properly
Weaknesses: blew it twice
this is a great shock, yes i blew it twice but it was my fault, i had the spring cranked up way to high. all the dumb kids think its the shock but its them. if its 2 sofft afrer 4-6 turns of the spring you need a heavier spring. dont blme it on the shock when its you, spend the 40 bucks and even get a used spriing its that easy
all in all this shock is awsome and would reccomend it to anyone, aslong as thier willing to set it up rite
a Weekend Warrior
from vancouver bc
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2005
Strengths: rebound adjustment works great, does everything, good value for what you get
Weaknesses: no compression adjustment, noisy, feels choppy over the technical stuff even with a lighter spring
ok shock, im now using mine as a backup as i got a 5th element, good for beginner riders. if it came on your bike and does the job keep it but i wouldnt go out and buy one because there's nothing really below it
Similar Products Used: vanilla rc, freinds dhx 5, swinger 4 way, 5th element cvt/5
Bike Setup: 04 rocky switch, sherman sliders, 5th element cvt/5, dual 26/24 doubletracks, xt derailler
a Weekend Warrior
from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 31, 2005
Strengths: Reliable, Good on any size of hit if you got the right spring rate and rebound damping settings.
Weaknesses: Not a great pedaler, lack of adjustability
This shock should be used for moderate freeriding. It's definately not the best shock out there but it's pretty good for the price. It's not a good XC shock because it's a coil shock which adds a ton of weight and because it uses old technology so that it pedals much worse than the newer 'platform' shocks (Fox DHX, 5th Element, Cane Creek Double Barrel, Manitou Swinger etc.) It's alright for freeriding cuz weight and pedaling efficiency don't matter as much. If you're on a budget it's the way to go for a cheap freeride shock. The more expensive shocks offer much more adjustabilty and pedaling efficiency if you have the cash.
Also the Vanilla R blows pretty easy if your bike has a bad leverage ratio (ratio of travel:shock stroke). Anything over 3.25ish will likely blow the shock eventually if you ride hard. Bad leverage ratios hurt all shocks but it seems to be more so on the Vanilla R.
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Switch Ltd. with 05 Marz. Z1 FR 1, Race Face Diabolus, Azonic, Hadley, Sram X9
a Weekend Warrior
from Calgary, Alberta
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2005
Strengths: Rebound works for about 6 months.
Weaknesses: I have this shock with my 04 stinky. I have been riding it for about a year now and i have never been more dissapointed. Problems? These are the problems: Rebound adjuster doesnt work, spring broke after a 8 ft drop, oil leakage, bolts are loose.
I am a 14 year old, 5'7 140 pounds, and i broke it. I suggest to go with a 5th element or a RC, don keep this.
Bike Setup: 04 kona stinky, sherman sliders, block 8 handlebars, raceface crank setup, 5th element, mag 30 in the rear, mavic 729 in the front.
a Weekend Warrior
from Burnaby BC Canada
Date Reviewed: January 7, 2005
Strengths: Overall plush ride. I came from a BMX then, few hardtails, so for my first fully, any back shox is wonderful. However, the shock it's self looks a bit cheesy with such a big frame.
Weaknesses: THE REBOUND. I dropped 6 ft onto concrete and broke my rebound adjustment. I bit of a surprise for me since it was brand new (about my 5th ride). I'll be patiently waiting for the day the oil just explodes out of the shock. Also, DO NOT go to sharpley for any cycling needs. The shop has the worst F*^kin service ever. The owner is unhelpful and he ripped me off my charging me more on a so called "derailer mount". The service is really really bad.
1)DON"T go to Sharpley Cycle. 2)Don't buy this shock if u r gonna go bigger than 6 ft huck simple as this.
Bike Setup: JAMIS DAKAR EXPERT 317 MAVIC WHEELS XT/LX COMPONENTS. THOMPSON SEATPOST/STEM EASTON BAR CHRIS KING HS.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2004
Strengths: the shock preforms nice, rebound works good, but still want to goto rc
Weaknesses: none yet, bottoms out easily(i have 4.3" travel with a 1.5" stroke shock)
the shock preforms good, but has lots of peddle bob, bottoms out easy unless landings are perfect(starting to do 5 feet to flat). bottom line is this is an very good shock but bottoms out easily and i am only 140 lbs.
Bike Setup: custom built 03 4by, 01 z5 fork(soon z150), double track rear, single track front, xt and raceface drivetrain, etc...
Univega RAM 9DH
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2004
Strengths: Great shock, I've had it for over 7year and it still performs like a brand new one, never had ANY!! maintanance done, unbelievable qualit, really!
Great shocks for life. The rebound although not ajustable is great. I gave it a hard time during it's 7years of existance but still performs like nothing happend, with NO maintanance. The best out there
Strengths: plush over small stuff, firms up for big drops, rebound adj. works well
the shox soaked up all the rocks, logs and bumps of snowshoe's trails, held the back down over shudder bumps and was still firm enough to hit the 40' racer's edge jump on I and the 15' drop @ the end of K. (trails are maked w/ letters) it even makes the choooossshhh sound after big hits. it's the classic that still can't be beat for DH/ big hit performance
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