RockShox Ario 2.2 Rear Shock

3.38/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 230 grams

Product Description

  • Damping: Hydrulic
  • Spring: Air positive
  • Body Material: Forged 6061 aluminum

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by klembasek a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2009

Strengths:    Easy to maintain, great lockout capability and easy to switch while riding. Lockout provides strong hardtail like performance.

Weaknesses:    Seems like it looses air over the course of a few rides,but not enough to destroy performance.

Bottom Line:   
this shock has performed wonderfully for the last 2 years without any hassle. It has lost air here and there over the course of 6-8 months of use at a time but can easily be refilled with a shock pump. Feels nice and plush when you need it too.

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Favorite Trail:   Trail 100 - AZ

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came stock on Motobe

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   Motobecane Phantom Comp DS - XT, Avid Juicy, Rock Shox Ario 2.2, Rock Shox Tora 302,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kraz?rider a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2009

Strengths:    lockout very effective, instantly turning into a hardtail!
Cheaper than most rear shocks around these days!
Good for beginners!

Weaknesses:    unknown reason for bottoming out... (Happened ONCE, never happened again... Suspected leaking schraeder valve)
Wouldnt say it was a weakness, just an unusual occurance

Bottom Line:   
Get this if you want a shock that is affordable and functions MOST of the time, haha
Not the BEST on the market... But it will suffice!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   XC setup, Deore Mavic wheels!

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cogged a Cross Country Rider from Honolulu, HI

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2008

Strengths:    Lockout feature. Easy to service.

Weaknesses:    Harsh ride. Negative air spring can't be adjusted.

Bottom Line:   
Very disappointing shock.
Even with only 60 psi in the air chamber, the shock would perform inconsistently, and never have a comfortable ride.
It would take some bumps smoothly, and others would kick you out of the saddle like a bucking bronco.
Either the shock would bottom out easily when getting close to a semi-plush ride, or adding more air would make the shock ride like a semi-hardtail.
The Ario does not have the motion control feature, and running it at low psi to try to get a decent ride resulted in a really soggy, inconsistent, power sapping rear suspension.
The only positive side of this shock was the lockout lever.
The MC 3.3 which shares the same can and shock shaft performs like butter in comparison.
Rockshox must have changed the valving in the MC 3.3, or I happened to get an Ario with too much air in the negative chamber, which is nonadjustable.
Rockshox also has a bad habit of not lubing their forks and shocks internally, counting on the shock fluid to do all the lubrication.
This works fine for about a month, and then stiction sets in, as shock oil alone makes o-rings and rubber parts stick to the metal surfaces, causing the suspension to get extremely harsh.
With all Rockshox products, I would highly recommend to disassemble it before using it, and coat all rubber parts and o-rings, and the shafts with Buzzy's Slick Honey.
This made a tremendous difference in reducing stiction.
It almost feels like the shock shaft is riding on ball bearings!

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Favorite Trail:   Tantalus

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Swinger 3-Way SPV, Rockshox MC 3.3, Fox Vanilla.

Bike Setup:   '03 Ellsworth Joker XC, XTR crank, shifters, derailleurs, and wheelset; Avid BB disc brakes, Rockshox Reba Team fork, Rockshox MC 3.3 rear shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kenlay a Cross Country Rider from Portland OR USA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2008

Strengths:    Strong lock out feels just like Hardtail. pretty light. excellent rebound. Easy to pump up. inexpensive. Responsive.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Excellent value. I have not experienced a better feeling shock. Everything about it is great especially the lock out. If you’re an XC rider this shock is for you. With a low price tag how could you buy anything else?

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Favorite Trail:   Over There

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   BTI

Similar Products Used:   Fox Float R

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro Pro: RF Evolve DH Crank, FSA xc 300SL wheels, Rock shox Reba Race fork, XT and XTR drive train, Hayes Disk

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Byron a Racer from Arkansas

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I had to come back and add a note to my review. The leak problem turned out to be a leaking shrader valve where you fill the shock. It seems many leaked in this manner. A little red loctite on the thread, no more leak.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   OEM bike part

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Byron a Racer from Arkansas

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2007

Strengths:    Did adjust out well after break-in. Lock out works well even though I really didn't need it. Rebound adjustment range is good.

Weaknesses:    Long break-in period. Lost air after a month or two.

Bottom Line:   
Liked it till it died a premature death. After only about one and a half months it started to lose air. Slowly at first, now in minutes, it's gone. Haven't contacted RS yet. I never needed to put more than 120PSI in it, you'd think it would have lasted along time since it will take 250PSI max. Guess not.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none first FS bike for me.

Bike Setup:   4" travel XC

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ralf Woodlund a Cross Country Rider from Sweden

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Strengths:    Easy to find lock out switch, pretty easy to maintain.

Weaknesses:    Difficult to set at your correct sag, feels like you have a puncture.

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad shock if this is your first buy, beacause I am a hard tail sadist, I tend to have it locked most of the time and feel there is too much bob when locked. Very difficult to set.

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Favorite Trail:   Rallar Vagen Norway

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Trek Sweden

Similar Products Used:   None X Hardtail

Bike Setup:   XT, XTR with DT Swiss Wheels Bontrager Stem and seatpost.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Stevo from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2006

Strengths:    Holds air very well, tough, lockout works well, doesn't bottom out easily

Weaknesses:    Slightly harsh on small bumps, lockout switch catches on scrub sometimes and switches itself on (this really sucks if it happens at the top of a downhill and you haven't noticed).

Bottom Line:   
Seems like a good shock for the money, particularly if you are fairly XC oriented. I tend to do more trail/light freeride stuff so I have the sag set at 10% to avoid bottoming out on bigger drops. After 12 months I am about to give it its first service as it is starting to get a bit stiff probably due to dry seals; considering I mostly ride in dry, sandy conditions I think this is a pretty low-maintenance shock. Perhaps not the plushest for epics, but a good, reliable and generally hassle free shock. Recommended if you can get one reasonably cheap.

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Favorite Trail:   up rocks and down drops...

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   stock on Trek fuel 90 (06)

Similar Products Used:   Swinger 3-way (tested), Scott genius-thingy

Bike Setup:   06 fuel 90, recon351, Thomson duo, candy's, WTB rocket V team, ODI ruffianMX

Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

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