a Cross Country Rider
from Spokane, Wa
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2009
Strengths: It feels like a coil, simple to adjust.
Weaknesses: Not much to adjust.
This 6.6” shock with 1.5” stroke came with my 90mm of rear travel bike. I have been using the bike on long weekend training sessions for endurance races. I don’t ride off of big drops, or jumps, but for what I do it works well. I tend to prefer the feel of coils over air shocks, so it feels good to me. I mostly ride for long durations on relatively smooth single-track, but when I do hit bumpy spots, it does a good job of insuring that I don’t feel violated by my saddle and keeps my under-carriage from getting bruised up, even after an 8-10 hour day of riding. I haven’t had any trouble with bottoming out (I’m 170 lbs), and there is no noticeable bob when climbing, which probably has more to do with the frame design than the shock, so I might not even use lockout if I had it. I wouldn’t mind having a rebound adjustment though.
I’d recommend the shock for anyone who likes XC or moderate trail riding, and is on a budget.
Similar Products Used: No name rear shock - consisted of only 750 lbf spring! (pure crap)
Bike Setup: Dramatic upgrade of Retail Giant bike (good frame, no signs of weld stress cracks) - Deore LX M581 Crank, disk brakes (front - Tektro IO, rear - Avid BB5), Alivio rear derailure (I don't speak French!), SRAM X7 front derailure, SRAM X5 front shifter, Shimano Deore LX rear shifter pod and other misc. upgrades.
from Canada, Québec
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2007
Strengths: Its pretty strong as long as ur not over 150-160 lbs Fox quality and realiability
Weaknesses: No compression adjustment
kinda cheap and cost efficiant rebound adjustment. not nearly as good as the RC or DHX adjustments
u get what u paid for.
good shock for beginner dh riders, don't expect to go 20 footers with it not even 15 its for the usual dh bumps boulders and speeds. Nothing extraordinary but it works. easy to maintain and rebound adjustment is so simple a monkey could work it out! But be warned don't buy the same shock twice. work it until its usless and do urself the favour of upgrading to something better like a RC model. Its worth puttin the extra hundred or so more to get the better shock.In the end the shock works fine,and its worth having one.
Similar Products Used: 5th element although it dosn't even come close!!!
Bike Setup: 2004 norco atomik, 2002 Monster T, 2005 vanilla r, double track rims..and all the usual DH stuff
from Clay, AL, USA
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2006
Strengths: no leaks, shock body is strong
Weaknesses: poor quality fitting for spring mount, no dampening, not adjustible
good entry level shock if all you do is ride around on smooth stuff. But if you ride on rocky or rough terrian or do drops bigger than several feet, never get this shock. it won't suit your needs. i weigh 185lbs, shock with a 550lb spring bottoms easily over 5 foot drops to flat, and way too bouncy.
Bike Setup: 03 devince chilly peper alex supra bh wheelset with michellin spot s tires,shimano xt cassete the rest is all stock
a Weekend Warrior
from San Francisco, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 6, 2005
Strengths: Simplicity, compression is great for this low priced shock.
Weaknesses: 550 lb rated coil not enough for my 170+ lb frame, lack of rebound adjustment.
This is the OEM shock that came with my '04 Jamis Dakar Sport frame. It's 6.5" eye to eye and has 1.5" of travel. The coil that comes with it is rated 550 X 1.6. It's probably not a fork you would actually want to buy for use beyond recreational riding. Occasional bumps on smooth paved roads or sidewalks are hardly noticable. This shock also does fairly well on hiking trails. The lack of rebound adjustment makes for quite a bumpy ride on rockier trails or even some downhill stuff. The 550 lb rated coil isn't quite sufficient to dial in the correct sag for my 170+ lb frame. Buying a different coil (lighter or heavier) doesn't seem quite cost effective for this low cost shock. I'm considering replacing this with a Cane Creek Cloud Nine rear air shock very soon. This would be a better shock if it had rebound adjustment. Don't touch it unless you need something to replace the busted shock on your full suspension city cruiser.
Bike Setup: '04 Jamis Dakar Sport frame with Fox Vanilla coil over shock, '05 Marzocchi MX Comp w/ETA 120mm, Race Face Evolve DH X-type triple ring crankset w/Evolve FR/DH BB cups, XT rear derailleur, XTR front derailleur, SRAM 9sp cassette, Race Face stem, Azonic carbon riser bar, Race Face Atlas post, XTR chain, Cane Creek Direct Curve levers, SRAM Attack shifters, SPD compatible platform pedals, XT hubs on Mavic X223 rims, Avid BB7 mechanical discs
a Weekend Warrior
from north bay, ontario,canada
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2005
Strengths: easy and reliable
Weaknesses: no adjustment really
nice and plush, fun and its a definat reliable shock for everyone
a Weekend Warrior
from Bothell, WA
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2004
Strengths: Simplicty. Nothing to go wrong with a coil spring and the damper is also simple (no spv, special valving adjustments, etc..)
Weaknesses: Simplicity. No damping or compression adjustments.
Good simple shock, obviously. I personally prefer the simplicity - nothing has ever gone wrong with the thing, which is generally true about all simple designs.
Sometimes it does make a fairly-loud "csssshhh!" noise on the rebound stroke after a heavy hit (oil rushing through the damper?). Nice when you're in a moto mood, annoying when you're enjoying a quiet ride.
a Weekend Warrior
from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2004
Strengths: Soaks up alot
Weaknesses: No adjustability
Ok i guess, i bought a large frame and i only weigh 70kgs and the 550lb spring has bottomed out quite a few times. thats on a 6" travel vs 2" stroke (1:3) ratio. might just be me. nice and simple tho, working well otherwise.
Strengths: good quality,smooth,reliable and makes a satisfying noise.
Weaknesses: same as everyone else:lack of adjustment.
good rear shock,simple and reliable but im upgrading to a vanilla rc. seems ok so far and manages to cope with big hits well with a nice choooooooooooooosssssshhhhhhh noise. (all good shocks make that noise!)