Fox Shox Ava RL Rear Shock

4/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 283 grams

Product Description

  • AVA adjustment system allows the fine tuning of the spring progressivity to optimize the air-spring characteristics for your riding style and bike suspension geometry.
  • NEW for 2004 ProPedal Damping : FOX's exclusive low-speed compression circuit, reduces unwanted shock movement caused by pedaling.
  • Patented lock-out system allows On-the-fly adjustability for those times when hard-tail firmness is desired.
  • FOX's patented self-adjusting negative-spring and Teflon air-sleeve bushings provide hassle free shock set-up and result in coil-spring like compliance.
  • FLOAT air-spring tune works in unison with the shocks damping circuits to provide the perfect balance between efficiency, control and position-sensitive bottoming resistance.
  • 24-clicks of externally adjustable rebound damping for an ultra-wide tuning range.

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    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matthew McCulloch from Las Vegas NV. USA

    Date Reviewed: June 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Light weight, very adjustable, durable, long lasting, easy to service yourself, very plush...

    Weaknesses:    NONE!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    Thid shock is awesome, works great on single pivot and vpp bikes. With any Santacruz bike a pro pedal is not needed, i have the 03 model with out pro pedal. I have been hard on this shock for over 2 years now and it keeps on working like new, the lock out works great, the AVA acculy does what it says it does, the reason why its hard to turn the AVA when its pumped up is because your not suposed to, de pressureize it first. nothing out there can beat this shock, i will use it untill i break it, i dont think that will happen.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bootleg Canyon

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Bike Stuff

    Similar Products Used:   5th element, Rock Shox, Manapoo

    Bike Setup:   Santacruz Superlight, LX hydro brakes, XTR componets, Fox Vanilla 125 RLC.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Johnson City, TN

    Date Reviewed: January 27, 2005

    Strengths:    Adjustability. Good ride.

    Weaknesses:    Setup quite difficult. Instruction manual blows, Fox customer service blows, lockout is useless(never worked all that great, now it doesn't work at all). Fox said they would service the shock for $100(what a joke, stand by your product).

    Bottom Line:   
    This shock rides well, and has a lot of adjustability. The lockout is not a true lockout(its supposed to have a blowoff valve). I've never used the lockout except when climbing or when on pavement and it still managed to blow the seal. Fox offered to service the shock for $100. I say if you're going to charge $400 for a shock, stand by your product and at least cut your customers a break. I'll never have another Fox part again. Terrible product, terrible service, terrible prices.

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    Favorite Trail:   ETSU, Warrior's Path, Hampton Watershed, Buffalo Mt.

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   My first rear shock.

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike L a Weekend Warrior from Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 24, 2004

    Strengths:    I was very impressed when I first got the shock. It's fairly light and the AVA works well. The shock is also well built, doesn't leak air and is incredibly smooth.

    Weaknesses:    The only thing I don't like about this shock is how hard it is to turn the AVA screw once you put air in the shock.

    Bottom Line:   
    Other than being hard to adjust the AVA when you have the right amount of air inside. The shock works exceptionall well. I was impressed when I first tried it, it took the bumps without a problem and much better then my previous Float R. The lock out feature is very useful, easy to use and work well.

    Overall, I would recommend this shock to any one. Preferably not to Xc for it's weight but any epic mountain or where weight doesn't really matter

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $226.00

    Similar Products Used:   Fox float R

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by aidan a Cross Country Rider from cambridge, uk

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2004

    Strengths:    super plush, but after a year im still messing about with setting the thing up! lock-out is fantastic though and the low weight is definately a plus

    Weaknesses:    slightly over-complicated

    Bottom Line:   
    While getting the shock light weight (air) and lockout were at the top of my list so after a bit of research the fox was looking like the best option and i felt it was worth the relatively high price (£340) as it is so adjustable. i haven't regretted it one bit. i must commend the service from the shop and fox, both delivered exactly on schedule.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $680.00

    Purchased At:   ben hayward cycles

    Similar Products Used:   fox vanilla r (std oem shock)

    Bike Setup:   2001 Schwinn Rocket 88 Stg 3, LX group, manitou scarab super, use atom bar, woodman carbo 400 post, selle italia tt, x317 rims on outland hubs, hope mini discs, ritchey stem

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Thomas Nicholson a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 2004

    Strengths:    Nice shox with lots of tuning ability.

    Weaknesses:    Not that customizable. Not good for riders over 200lbs.

    Bottom Line:   
    The shock that came with my Superlight is ok but I would have like to had a chace to try the 5th Air. Since I am a larger rider a coil might even be a better upgrade. Helps to keep the bob at a noexistent level.

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    Favorite Trail:   Los Peñasquitos Canyon

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Bicyclewarehouse.Com

    Bike Setup:   03 Santa Cruz Superlight R

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Eastern Pennsylvania

    Date Reviewed: January 14, 2004

    Strengths:    AVA is awesome, Regardless of VPP's anti-bob features, a true lockout is still the way to go for that hard-tail feel (road, etc)

    Weaknesses:    Weak product manual. Setup can be difficult for an air shock newbie. The AVA requires you to exhaust the air cylinder before adjustments can be made. Field adjustments require you to carry the shock pump. I guess this is to be expected, but you can count on multiple adjustments before finding "your" sweet spot.

    Bottom Line:   
    The spider is my first full-suspension bike, so I have little to compare against. Unless I count the limited use of my friend's bikes. And I'm not about to count the bikes I've ridden at a bike shop. (Of course the parking lot can be rather technical. LOL) In any event, the AVA lives up to what I expected from a rear shock. I gave consideration to the 5th element (air), due to the performance praises.. but I also heard lots of bad feedback pertaining to seals, leaks, etc.. so I stuck with the AVA and haven't looked back since.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Came w/ Intense Spider

    Similar Products Used:   Rockshox, various older Fox shocks

    Bike Setup:   Intense Spider

    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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