RockShox Ario Rebound Rear Shock

2.8/5 (5 Reviews)
Weight : 220 grams


Product Description

  • Adjust: Positive air pressure via Schrader valve
  • Damping: Hydraulic with IFP
  • Adjust: Rebound
  • Shaft Material: 7075 Aluminum
  • Body Material: 6061 Aluminum


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bernard a Weekend Warrior from belgium

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2009

Weaknesses:    first was not ok on my new spark 50, replaced by a new one .problem, the pressure is ok for my weight but impossible to have a good result, on strong shock it react like an "ejection seat",it's a nightmare if you ride down trying all positions of the rebond does 'nt help; i'm looking to replace the ario 2 by another model.

Bottom Line:   
scott spark is probably very good with another rear shock damper

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Favorite Trail:   scott spark 50

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   belgium

Bike Setup:   scott spark 50 11/2008 1500km

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Billy Brough a Weekend Warrior from Hawkes Bay

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2007

Strengths:    Easy to set up this shock. It is very user friendly. Good online information from the Rock Shox website which I found valuable for set up.

Low air pressure in the can is a big plus (cuts down on maintenance), while still allowing you to have some flexibility to adjust the ride to suit trail.

I like the location of the rebound dial.

Easy to mount, when you have the right spacers!


Weaknesses:    Seal kits and service from Rock Shox has a lot left to be desired. On a ride the shock haemoraged oil every where. I walked the 10km home and dismantled shock and sent to service centre. The verdict - no warranty. I understand that mtb riding is a mechanically abusive sport, but when you look after you gear and follow the servicing requirements to the letter and the thing lets go, it is disappointing that the manufacturer won't stand by their product. I'd definitely ride Rock Shox again, but would be more wary of there claimed customer service. Sorry Rock Shox its just the way I feel.

Bottom Line:   
Rock Shox Ario is a useful rear shock. Rock Shox service is not as good as their product, and should be sharper (i think)

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Favorite Trail:   gonna gotcha Rotorua

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   ebay.com

Similar Products Used:   5th Element CV/t, Manitou Radium R

Bike Setup:   Current: 05 Iron Horse MkIII Comp (hollowpoint),Rock Shox Team Reba Race w/lock out. Sram x9 and x0, cassette and chain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mikey O a Weekend Warrior from PA

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2007

Strengths:    Smooth and plush, good rebound damping, holds air so far, quiet (no big squishing noises detected, lightweight, good match for air fork, hard to bottom out

Weaknesses:    The babbit coated bushings are crap, but I had to install the teflon plastic bushings from my SID inside the stock bushings to put it on my Giant AC-Air anyway, so no problems yet in this area.

Bottom Line:   
It was a little hard to fit this to my bike as the width of mount and size of eye are different. I expected performance and feel to be about the same as the old SID-XC it replaced, but the Ario was noticably smoother and much less harsh than the SID, especially in cold weather. Damping also felt better overall. Good shock-Good price

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Favorite Trail:   My Brothers Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox SID-XC, Fox Vanilla R coil

Bike Setup:   Giant AC-Air, Bomber Z-1 FR-SL fork, LX/XT, Conti 2.5's, pig squeaker on handlebars, etc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by peter park a Weekend Warrior from vancouver, canada

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2006

Strengths:    smooths out all but the biggest bumps

Weaknesses:    leaks air - I set it at 130 ft/lbs and a week later its at 100 ft/lbs every time
bushing wears prematurely - only rode it maybe 15 hours and it has already started to have a bit of free play in the bushings that hold the shock to the frame


Bottom Line:   
not sure how much longer the seals will last if its losing 20-30 lbs of pressure each week and the bushings should be made to last longer than 15 hours - really. Otherwise, when pumped up, it seems to work fairly well

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came stock

Bike Setup:   hollowpoint mkIII comp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eric a Cross Country Rider from new orleans, la

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2005

Strengths:    very smooth action, requires very low pressure to set up

Weaknesses:    the rear eyelet bushing wore in about 30 miles rock shox replaced the bushings and wore out again in another 30 miles.

Bottom Line:   
not a bad shock holds air. just that the rear eyelet bushing doesnt seem to last very long. but, we shall see what rock shock will do about that.

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Favorite Trail:   oak mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   fox float r, sid rear, cloud nine

Bike Setup:   sala cabellero, race face cranks, easton bars, fox fork, the rest is xtr

Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

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Monarch vs Ario = rebound damping differences?

Been doing some research on these two shocks and from what I can tell from the RS website, the basic difference in the models is that the Monarch has "Dual Flow" rebound damping, and the Ario has "External Rebound Adjustment" listed as it's rebound damoing. Anybody out there ridden both, and can ... Read More »

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