Fox Racing Shox Vanilla R Rear Shock

3.75/5 (32 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99


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Product Description

adjustable rebound damping


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by norcorider95 a Downhiller 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.


Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Aston hill 4-2-3

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Van R, marzocchi rocco.
(cant really say fox dhx.5 cause theyre too different)


Bike Setup:   specialized big hit. marzocchi 55's, e13 ls1+ sunline v1 bars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by david a Cross Country Rider from Shenzhen, China

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2010

Strengths:    Plush, absorbs small bumps as well as the bigger hits. You don't notice it until you need it, in other words its not like riding a pogo stick like other lower quality shocks

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
great shock. I would recommend.

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Favorite Trail:   which ever one I'm riding

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   ks and some other POS

Bike Setup:   Corratec Glacier, deore disk and shifters, lx FD, Deore RD, SARS headset, bontrager bars and stem, quando hubs, Rock ShoX Dart 2 fork, Race Face crank and BB, Alex rims, Dabomb seat post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Racer from Lake Tahoe, California

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2007

Strengths:    Good amount of travel. Has the smoothness of a Fox!

Weaknesses:    n/a

Bottom Line:   
This is probably one of the best coil shocks you can get. It's a great all mountain shock. If you are looking for a freeride shock, do not look at this one. It's not meant for freeride.

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Favorite Trail:   Marham

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   rscycle.com

Similar Products Used:   Fox float


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by luke hlavenka a Downhiller from alliston

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2007

Strengths:    cant think of any

Weaknesses:    very easy to bottom out i dont know why but if i do like a 4 foot drop it bottoms out everytime

Bottom Line:   
maybe the shock just cant take anymore cus its 4 years old but i think if you ride downhill or freeride you should think of getting a better shock

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Favorite Trail:   waterfall (blue mountain)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   03 kona stinky rasta edition, junior T, avid 5, deore shifters and derailleurs

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by luke hlavenka a Downhiller from alliston

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2007

Strengths:    cant think of any

Weaknesses:    very easy to bottom out i dont know why but if i do like a 4 foot drop it bottoms out everytime

Bottom Line:   
maybe the shock just cant take anymore cus its 4 years old but i think if you ride downhill or freeride you should think of getting a better shock

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Favorite Trail:   waterfall (blue mountain)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   03 kona stinky rasta edition, junior T, avid 5, deore shifters and derailleurs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JF from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2006

Strengths:    Strong shock, durable

Weaknesses:    Too stiff

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nathan a Downhiller from ancaster

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2006

Strengths:    fox name
works great when u have it set properly


Weaknesses:    blew it twice


Bottom Line:   
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

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jord 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

Bottom Line:   
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

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came on bike

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

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Durston 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Urban

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came Stock

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Switch Ltd. with 05 Marz. Z1 FR 1, Race Face Diabolus, Azonic, Hadley, Sram X9

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Taylor g 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.


Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   none

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Alex 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Metro

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Sharpley Cycle

Similar Products Used:   haven't got to use any other back shock.

Bike Setup:   02 VPS Launch with 04 drop off triple, deore shifter, El Norte bars and stem and 26/24 single track wrapped in Blue Grove and Nevagal

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by IRVING NAVARRO a Cross Country Rider from BRONX, NY. USA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2004

Strengths:    VERY STRONG AND SOMEWHAT PLUSH.
GOOD SHOCK TO START WITH.
GO FO A AIR SHOCK ASAP..


Weaknesses:    TO HEAVY. OTHER THAN THAT A GOOD SHOCK

Bottom Line:   
GOOD SHOCK THAT CAME WITH THE BIKE NOW IS TIME TO CHANGE TO A AIR SHOCK .

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Favorite Trail:   BLUE MOUNTAIN

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   A BIKE SHOP

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   JAMIS DAKAR EXPERT 317 MAVIC WHEELS XT/LX COMPONENTS.
THOMPSON SEATPOST/STEM EASTON BAR CHRIS KING HS.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan S a Weekend Warrior from mission,bc,canada

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)

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   street and woodlot

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came on my 03 norco 4by

Similar Products Used:   rc

Bike Setup:   custom built 03 4by, 01 z5 fork(soon z150), double track rear, single track front, xt and raceface drivetrain, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Univega RAM 9DH a Downhiller from Amsterdam

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!

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
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

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came with Trek Y11

Bike Setup:   Trek Y11

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fred from salem VA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004

Strengths:    plush over small stuff, firms up for big drops, rebound adj. works well

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Trail:   H/I @snowshoe

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   MAC center

Similar Products Used:   swinger 3way air, DNM

Bike Setup:   03 kona stinky (6" travel) stock

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