Fox Shox DHX 5.0 Rear Shock

4.54/5 (39 Reviews)

Product Description

Air shocks aren't just for weight weenies anymore. The DHX Air 5.0 is designed specifically for the rigors of big-hit, big-terrain riding. Offering all the tuning options of the DHX coil - position sensitive, patent pending Boost Valve, adjustable bottom-out resistance, 15 click ProPedal adjustment, and external rebound adjustment - but featuring large volume air spring, the DHX Air 5.0 offers superlative small thru big-hit performance, in any terrain and any style of riding, in an incredibly lightweight package.

  • Weight: .99lbs/450 g
  • Lengths: 7.5x2.0, 7.875x2.0, 7.875x2.25, 8.5x2.5, 8.75x2.5, 9.5x3.0
  • External Adjustments:
  • Air spring pressure
  • ProPedal
  • Bottom-out resistance
  • Adjustable tuning range via schraeder
  • Rebound damping

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sam a Downhiller

    Date Reviewed: August 10, 2013

    Strengths:    Good shock, it eats tiny bumps and jumps sooo well, reasonably light, adjustments are all very effective and easy to tune to your liking once you've figured them out. Looks good.

    Weaknesses:    Had a bit of trouble with rebound, it sped up and slowed down all of a sudden, had to be awkward and do this whilst i was hitting jumps.. Scary when she wants to kick you over the bars. Must have had a bit of dirty oil? Maybe air? I dunno. Its away now anyway.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great, chews chatter bumps and has a great ramp up. Brillant.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything

    Similar Products Used:   Marz roco

    Bike Setup:   Commencal supreme DH V1 2008

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Yeti Guy a Weekend Warrior from Calera, AL USA

    Date Reviewed: December 29, 2009

    Strengths:    Plush and active on small chatter bumps with very little pedal bob when cranking. Still great taking larger hits without bottoming. Very dependable.

    Weaknesses:    None, but always sat down in travel and seemed a little too active even with the correct spring rate for my weight.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great shock and really no complaints at all. Recently sent the shock and fork out to Push for service and went for the factory tuning system. Had em both for 2 years so figured they were overdue for service.
    The shock and fork is even better now, at the same time replaced the stock spring with a titanium spring from Diverse Suspension Products. Shock is still just as active on small chatter, but doesn't seem to wallow down in travel. Seems that the Push service and the new spring gave the shock more sensitivity to high and low speed shaft speeds. Back tire just seems to stay planted on the ground more and the bike just feels more connected to the terrain.
    Awesome shock new and through the two years without any service and the best after the service and addition of the spring.Very happy with both.

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    Favorite Trail:   All of them

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Came on bike

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Yeti ASX, DHX 5.0 shock and Talas 36RC2 fork.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Matt Schisler a Downhiller from London ON Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 23, 2009

    Strengths:    looks awesome, can be set up to acomadate many different riding styles

    Weaknesses:    this is the 3rd time now that i have to send my rear shock in because of failure... the first 2 times was because of oil leaking out of the rear shock. now it sounds like there is sand in it when compressed. this was one of the first 09 shocks ever produced so i think that that may be a factor

    Bottom Line:   
    this is a great shock when working properly... fox's customer service is alright... but because its broken 3 times... im sending it to PUSH industries to get it custom tuned (because my warentee is up anyways)

    hopefully you have more luck with your shock then what i have had

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    Favorite Trail:   waterfall, a-line, r-shore

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   beyond bikes

    Similar Products Used:   DHX 3, 4 rc4, roco tstr

    Bike Setup:   07 bighit w/ 07 codes, 08 custom marzo 66 rc-3, axiom road gap 2 peddles, e13 srs chainguide

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jarrad a Downhiller from melbourne, victoria, australia

    Date Reviewed: May 18, 2009

    Strengths:    The DHX5 is incredible. Everything on it works great! As soon as i got it it felt immediately better than my previous shock and it seems to just soak everything up. Recommended service is only once a year which is great for such a high performance shock. Once this shock is setup correct it will feel very responsive and has an endless feel to the travel. The Propedal is great as i live a fair way away fromt the local trails so i just cank up the propedal and it's so much easier.

    Weaknesses:    absaloutly nothing so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    If u want a shock that will last and last and give u all the adjustments and performance tihs is it.

    PS: Visit for absaloulty outstanding bike products at very low affordable prices, there staff there will go out of there way to help u solve the smallest of problems and this is THE BEST bike store u will ever visit.

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    Favorite Trail:   UB

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   TBSM :D

    Similar Products Used:   marzocchi roco coil r, dhx3, vivid 5.1.

    Bike Setup:   2008 Kona stinky. Marzocchi 66RCV, 2009 Fox DHX 5 FSA Pig DH headset, Da Bomb Head spin front hub, S-type rims, maxxis minions, kona bar and stem, Hayes Stroker Trail, X9 gearing, Sram 11-32 casseste, Sram hollow pin chain, E13 LG1, FSA Moto X cranks with a mega exo BB, Straightline pedals, Kona seat post, WTB rocket V seat, Shimano loose ball bearing rear hub.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by dirty kurty a Downhiller from sydney nsw australia

    Date Reviewed: January 23, 2009

    Strengths:    heaps of ajustments to get it right for u, fun to ride with, SMOOTH AS, dosent need servicing, reliable, works well with all forkswell its beter than the rockshox rear shok and cheeper than the boss

    Weaknesses:    non at all

    Bottom Line:   
    buy buy buy get it now u will not regret it, all the ajusments u need r on there (bottom out,pro pedle, rebound, air valve and you sring to ajust the sag)it works very well for short and long shock sizes

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    Favorite Trail:   ourimba

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   rockshox

    Bike Setup:   2006 turner dhr with rockshox boxxer team

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe a Downhiller from United States

    Date Reviewed: November 17, 2008

    Strengths:    this thing is great, nice and smooth, propedle is great, everything is adjustable which is nice...

    Weaknesses:    i havent found any yet

    Bottom Line:   
    this thing is great i highly recommend this shock, this is a serous DH shock it will work for cross country but it isnt great for that. i cant wait to take it off some big drops and jumps

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    Favorite Trail:   mount snow

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   fox racing

    Similar Products Used:   fox vanilla r

    Bike Setup:   specialized big hit, marzocchi 88rv forks, hayes 9's

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Waldi a Weekend Warrior from Boston

    Date Reviewed: October 17, 2008

    Strengths:    reliable shock with lots of adjustments, propedal works great, coil is great for heavy guys

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    initially I was confused by all the adjustment knobs available but you just have to play with them to eventually get what you need

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    Favorite Trail:   Middlesex Fells

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $485.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   Fox Vanilla 06

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by mjdthunder a Downhiller from Irvine, CA, Orange

    Date Reviewed: September 27, 2008

    Strengths:    Can take some good abuse and low maintenance.

    Weaknesses:    Pro-pedal!!!! I am a free ride downhill guy, I dont want any damn pro-pedal in my shocks. Put pro pedal in the cross country guys shock...I want my shock as plush as possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    This shock is a good starter shock but if you ride it, and read the reputation it has on the blogs and chat rooms, you will find that most people do not prefer it. The stutter sensitivity sucks because even though Fox says you can tune out the pro-pedal, there is a still some nagging pro pedal effect even if you turn it all the way off, which robs you of control on the fast choppy downhill. Also, they recomend that you keep 125 psi in the shock and it will not feel good unless you run a lower psi in it, but you are stuck wondering if the shock will be ruined. Bottom line, the shock suffers on the stutters and is choppy at best on the fast choppy, harsh terrain. The bottom out seems to want to buck you or spring you into the air if you bottom hard enough. Oh, and it is expensive!!!!! 1 flaming freak for this hunk of junk!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   P & G

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi rocco, Manitou Swinger

    Bike Setup:   Demo 8II 2008

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by improv.cycling a Downhiller from Portland, OR

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2008

    Strengths:    everything

    Weaknesses:    takes a little getting used to the adjustments but its not very hard if you give a little time.

    Bottom Line:   
    The shock is absolutely amazing, although it is a downhill shock it works great for freeride(or anything for that matter). With a couple of pumps into the boost valve it transforms from super plush downhill set up to dialed free ride firm. I heard that even with the shock stiff that it retained really good small bump absorption, and unbelievably so, it does. If you need a new shock, you would be foolish to not consider it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Drop out

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Van, DHX 3.0, roco(brief)

    Bike Setup:   iron horse, hayes, marz, truvative, 5050, sram...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by wayne nagata a Weekend Warrior from los angeles

    Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

    Strengths:    Looks super cool on the bike. easy to set up, and is has a super plush ride. I love coil over air any day.

    Weaknesses:    retail price, I got a decent price because of continuing issues with the OEM RockShox Pearl; 1 scratch from the factor, 2 failed air bladders, 1 broken valve stem.

    Bottom Line:   
    I pushed down on two identical bikes, one with the DHX coil the other with the air. The coil's down stroke felt plush and smoother than the air and the Marz rocco.

    Like someone else posted up, when on the trail I didn't notice the rear shock at all. The DHX coil 5.0 was doing it's job, dampening the bumps.

    After blown air bladders with my last two shocks, I'm hoping the coil will take the hits better than an air chamber. Funny thing I didn't even do any bike hits with the other shocks and air chambers blew.

    pedaling was great, didn't notice any bob on the flats.
    1st run, set the preload by guesstimate, approx 15 mm sag, 1 click on the probedal. 125 lbs air pressure, compression rebound with less compression than rebound, 3 clicks from center.

    You should buy it if you hate air shocks and love plush coil shocks. Fox is leader in the off road industry.
    Curnutts can compare at twice the price.

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    Favorite Trail:   chesebro, agura, cal

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $330.00

    Purchased At:   wheelworld culver city

    Similar Products Used:   Fox RP2, Roxshox pearl both I hate. blown air bladders, fox leake oil.

    Bike Setup:   KHS AM2000 4,5,6 inch, Marzocchi AM2, hone compponents, wtb saddle. WTB weirwolf tires.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tomi Eloranta a Cross Country Rider from Tampere, Finland

    Date Reviewed: April 22, 2008

    Strengths:    Very smooth, no hassle with air pressure as in DHX air

    Weaknesses:    None so far... Oh, almost twice as heavy as DHX Air but that is no problem.

    Bottom Line:   
    Got mine from Tftuned,PUSH-tuned and set to my specifications. This is a great shock, don't know how stock DHX compares to this one but ride is very smooth frome smallest stuff to medium range (i don't ride very big). I'm bit on the heavy side so coil suits me better than air shock, and is more set and forget-type than DHX Air. I was looking for CC Double Barrel but after serious thinking decided that DB is too excessive for me with all it's tuning possibilities (easy to get it completely wrong...). And after all, Fox service is right around the corner from where i live so there you have it ;-)

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   Tftuned

    Similar Products Used:   Vanilla RC, DHX Air.

    Bike Setup:   SC Nomad, Fox 36 van RC2, PUSH-tuned DHX 5.0, Shimano/Sram drivetrain, Avid Juicy 7 brakes, Selle Yutaak GelFlow saddle.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Grant a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

    Date Reviewed: March 21, 2008

    Strengths:    Mid range performance

    Weaknesses:    Low speed performance, small bump performance

    Bottom Line:   
    I could never get the low speed or small bump performance from the DHX-C 5.0 that i wanted. I tried changing the pressure in the boost valve, had the PP set to the lightest setting, tried running more sag, lubing pivots, etc. With this shock i cold feel some chain pull in the granny/3rd gear combo on the Nomad.

    I think the appearance of the DHX-C is a little cheap, but that's a personal thing.

    Once i replaced the DHX-C 5.0 with a CCDB all of the problems i had disappeared. The CCDB cost more than the DHX-C, but only by about 1.3 times as much and the better performance is definitely worth it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Menai, Sparrow Hill

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Phantom Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek Double Barrel, Fox Vanilla RC, Fox Float R, Fox RP3

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Nomad, '06 66RC2X, Crossmax SX, Minion 2.5" DHF ust tyres, Syncros stem, Answer ProTaper bars, Thomson post, X9, RF Atlas cranks

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Justin a Weekend Warrior from davis, ca

    Date Reviewed: January 3, 2008

    Strengths:    i think its responsive to some small bumps but also soaks up the big ones in the rock gardens, biggest flat to flat on this was about 5 ft. i dont wanna go much bigger

    Weaknesses:    the bottom out resistance is hard to adjust with your hands

    Bottom Line:   
    its good and maybe the only shock that tops it is the roco but i havent tried that. and why do people buy the dhx5 air? i looked it up and its actually heavier than the coil one, so whats the advantage? its not as responsive and more $$$ so why do ppl buy it?

    thats all

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   used

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   yeti as-x

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Eder Savio a Downhiller from Florianópolis - Brazil

    Date Reviewed: March 17, 2007

    Strengths:    Ever and all works fine. No leaks, no bottom out.

    Weaknesses:    No so sensitive like old Fox RC, but maybe I'm old to...

    Bottom Line:   
    I feel it is not so smooth like Fox RC, but it works great at the trail. I would like to try it at a FSR frame, because 4bar Kona is a little hard.

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    Favorite Trail:   Boqueirão da Serra

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Fox RC, Romic, Rock Shox Super Deluxe, DNM air, Fox Float R.

    Bike Setup:   Kona Stinky 05, Hope, MonsterT, XTR.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott a Downhiller from Seattle

    Date Reviewed: June 27, 2006

    Strengths:    Buttery smooth stroke from start to finish. Shock will not bottom, and setup is simple and effective for high end shock.

    Weaknesses:    Stock spring is super heavy. I must of got a lemon. After three days of downhilling it started spitting oil from the resovoir, and making a wierd squeaking sound. Another day and the resovoir was pissing oil and the sound turned to gnarly metal on metal sounds. Fox customer service has been very easy to work with.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had about 70 DH runs at local trails and Whistler on this shock before it failed. I'm not super abusive, but the shock did fail. I'm thinking it was just broken out of the box and that's how it goes. Seems like a great shock. Much smoother and better feeling that the 5th. I've had several to flat landings and the shock never bottoms. Adjustments are easy to make and actually make noticeable changes without having to go to either extreme. It looses one chili for the failure but overall is an smooth and great feeling damper with easy to use adjustments.

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    Favorite Trail:   Whistler

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Wheel World on 05 Stinky Supreme

    Similar Products Used:   Progressive 5th Element

    Bike Setup:   05 Kona Stinky Supreme, 888, pimped

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