Fox Shox Vanilla RX Rear Shock

4.11/5 (19 Reviews)


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Fox Vanilla RX


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Q. a Cross Country Rider from Seekonk MA USA

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2003

Strengths:    Cheeep NOS, fits shorter eye to eye bikes, strong.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I got this off eBay for $51 NOS. Did a little research and seems to be OEM on Cannondale V's from about 3 years ago. This happened to fit my bike perfectly, the OEM shock was a joke. Not many bikes these days have a 5.5" eye to eye and 1" travel.

I really like this shock. Does what it was meant to do, and does it well. In all fairness, I don't deliberately go out and try to break my bike, but I do have some fun.

Good, solid and works. If you can get one of these NOS ones for cheep, get two while you're at it.

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Favorite Trail:   deep woods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $51.00

Purchased At:   eBay


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ronny D a Downhiller from Bozeman, MT 59715

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2002

Strengths:    All machined parts, good tolerances, good seals,

Weaknesses:    No compression damping, Limited spring rates, No aftermarket tuning/shim kit, Fox will not give out any info(IFP setting,etc.) so racers can rebuild/revalve and get back up-and-running on raceday. blah blah blah

Bottom Line:   
Setup the suspension up for your riding style/weight; you will ride waayy faster. Don't use a Vanilla RX, you'll end up sitting on your butt waiting for the mailman...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Rock shock super deluxe, NR-2/NR-1(Noleen)

Bike Setup:   Heavy(progressive rate) springs, revalved Moto FR, XT components, .. .. ..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mikey Likes It a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2002

Strengths:    Great dampening, even stroke, does not bottom out (when adjusted right).

Weaknesses:    Needs a little knowledge when set up. Get the instructions off of the fox website.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great shock for XC bikes. The shock must be adjusted correctly, NO MORE THAN 2 TURNS on the preload adjust before upgrading/downgrading spring weight. That's all folks. Otherwise, if you do not follow these directions, you will be in the condition of the blokes below who blew their shocks.

It works well. the current model is the RC one, and it is the top of the line. you would probably be purchasing that one, as these are used and far and few between. If you find one, send it to fox to service it, and it will function like a new shock.

Worth having.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Float RC, and SID Dual Air

Bike Setup:   Too much money.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by NIck b a Downhiller from Jackson HOle WY USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2002

Strengths:    Works ok but no adjustation.

Weaknesses:    I hit a jump and when i landed the piston thing went through the dampening thing and it stayed in the bottom out position so i dont think they are built very strong.

Bottom Line:   
Not a very good shock go for higher line shocks.

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Favorite Trail:   Crackrock Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Wilson Backcountry

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Kona stinky. Boxxer up front. disk brakes. linkage upgrade.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rat a Weekend Warrior from Carlsbad

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2002

Strengths:    Dependable, plush on the small and medium bumps. The piggyback looks cool.

Weaknesses:    Packs a little on the big hits. No compression damping

Bottom Line:   
This shock came with my bike 5 years ago. Never has been serviced, never even weeped oil on the shaft, its been a very solid shock for me. i don't do big drops but i used to bottom the shock out about 3 to 5 times a ride and its still going strong. Lately the compression damping is getting a bit harsh and the shock alway packed on the the big hits but over all i am happy with this shock

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Favorite Trail:   Noble Canyon

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Action Cyclery

Bike Setup:   '97 Fsr

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeff a Downhiller from North Carolina

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2002

Strengths:    Looks good w/ the piggy back

Weaknesses:    Ok i know i submited a review earlier but since then i have broken 2 of these things. Both i broke in the same spot. What is up with that? so there goes 300 dollars down the drain and all i am left with is pile a crap. Sure it looks good but only use these things to put on ur wall cause thats all they are good for. I am switching to Stratos instead of Fox incraporated.

Bottom Line:   
They suck and if i ever found one on the street i would burn it and roast marshmallows in the flame. Save urself some time and get a Stratos or an Avalanche. If it would let me i would give it no hotdogs!

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Favorite Trail:   Slate Rock

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeff a Downhiller from North Carolina

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2002

Strengths:    Its DH worthy, has good adjustments, nice and beefy, love the piggyback, and love how peeps look at u.

Weaknesses:    I dunno if it was just mine but i hit a 6 foot jump to slope and hit a table top in the air and when i landed the rebound knob just snapped in half.

Bottom Line:   
Its a sweet shock but FOX needs to give u some kinda warranty on damage b/c i had to get a new freakin shock and they aren't the cheapest thing, but i think FOX is a good company and the only other thing id rather have is an avalache in the rear but my wallet doesn't agree w/ me.

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Favorite Trail:   slate rock

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Cheeta prowler, White bros. DH-2, Hussefelt, XT, Rhyno lites laced to XT disc and Sun JUJU, Maxxis tires, and profile stiffy.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sean Petro a Downhiller from Pasadena, California, United States

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2001

Strengths:    Very smooth rebound. Seamless travel. Lightweight. For the price this is a no brainer.

Weaknesses:    Strength and durablity are supposedly questionable. Personally speaking mine has been flawless.

Bottom Line:   
If you have an endless supplyn of money, look elsewhere. But if not, then this is the rear shock to get.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Hilyer

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Foes

Similar Products Used:   ALPS

Bike Setup:   Foes DHS mono, Foes F1, XTR, Hayes 8" disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Loch Miwa a Weekend Warrior from Chicago, IL

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2001

Strengths:    Smooth travel
Build quality


Weaknesses:    Lack of compression damping (I know, buy an RC!)

Bottom Line:   
A LOT better control than the stock Vanilla and smoother travel than the Stratos.

I'll probably try to replace it with a Vanilla RC at some point. Expecting a single compression damping setting to work for all conditions and variable travel probably isn't realistic! The rebound adjustment covers a good range.

With appropriate spring and damping rates, this is a great shock.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   used from mtbr.com classifieds

Similar Products Used:   Vanilla
Stratos Helix Expert


Bike Setup:   '00 RockHopper A1 Comp FSR
'98 RockShox Judy XL
BETD 6" rear travel kit

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hugo Wals a Downhiller from Brunssum, The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2000

Strengths:    I broke the shock, but I still say it`s a very good one. It is progressive, so you always have a safety when reaching a big jump or stone. It really works perfectly.

Weaknesses:    I broke it. The aluminium seemed not to be strong enough, oil came out during a fast downhill. But I think this was unique.

Bottom Line:   
I can recommand this shock to everybody who doesn`t really care about weight, and everybody who wants a shock that works in the way it should work!!

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Favorite Trail:   Freeride Trail Todtnau, Germany

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   The shock was on a Cannondale Super V frame, Hope brakes, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Downhiller from Manhasset

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2000

Strengths:    Great for downhilling, never had a problem with it.

Weaknesses:    Nope

Bottom Line:   
This is a great product.

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Favorite Trail:   Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Constantine a Downhiller from London

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2000

Strengths:    Very strong and hard wearing. I have had no problems with it at all very plush and adjustable

Weaknesses:    No adjustable compression but hey.

Bottom Line:   
A great rear shock buy one you won't regret it

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Rock shox deluxe and super deluxe

Bike Setup:   Intense uzzi DH

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bikerchik a Downhiller from Allentown, PA

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2000

Strengths:    
SOOOO plush and quite adjustable


Weaknesses:    
OEM only :(


Bottom Line:   
This shock is great...especially on the lightweight bike setup I have. I have only bottomed it once and that was a HUGE waterbar after a steep at Plattekill. Since I ride different downhills at home, I like that I can easily adjust the shock to suit the terrain. Even the big guys at the races like to ride my bike around. It has been labled plush and cadillac by many who have taken it out for a spin.

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Favorite Trail:   
PLATTEKILL

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Marin factory shock.
Also I have demo'd
a few straight 8s
and a Kona Stab DEE Lux. Too heavy for me.


Bike Setup:   
customized
Marin B17 FRS

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Mark a Downhiller from NY

Date Reviewed: December 10, 1999

Strengths:    
Plush, Effective rebound Damping adjustment, Smooth, PIggyback


Weaknesses:    
Easily botom even with a heavy spring, Bent 3 Spring collars, no compression adjustment, bent the mounting bolts, leaks oil from the robound clicker, gritty feel of rebound clicker after alot of use, Blew out the compression damping


Bottom Line:   
This is and OK shock. I've had it for 7 months and because of its constant bottoming i've folded 2 super V frames in half (firts person ever!), Sems like theres no compression damping anymore, rebound cliker feels gritty after a while, its really plush, but is you run any rebound damping and you hit a huge bump, the shock makes a sucking sound on the return, buy a stratos or RCR instead

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Favorite Trail:   
Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Stratos helix exper/pro (way better), every thing out there


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale super V freeride set up for DH racing

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Zeus a Weekend Warrior from East Amherst, NY

Date Reviewed: November 20, 1999

Strengths:    
Long Travel
Piggyback
Wide Adjustment for Compression and Rebound


Weaknesses:    
If you really listen well, it makes a little squigi sound when you go down just a little. OEM only.


Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent product. Fox would make a lot of money if they opened them to the general market. It is a high-quality, top of the line product.

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Favorite Trail:   
Whiteface Mountain, NY

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Ridden bikes with: Fox Vanilla R (excellent as well), Fox Alps 4r, Fastrax, RS Super Deluxe


Bike Setup:   
Trek Y-Glide Deluxe, X Vert-R, Fox Vanilla Rx, Full XT, Hayes Hydraulic

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