Vivid Air R2C Introducing an obscenely lightweight andTotally new air spring system builtToTackle World Cup downhill competitions, big mountain riding and aggressive all-mountain excursions. Dropping a whopping 400g fromThe Vivid Coil design,The Vivid Air’s unique fade-free performance ensuresThe entire run is smooth and controlled, right downToThe last drop.The supple and consistent feel of a coil shock, withThe adjustability,Tunability and unparalleled weight savings of an air shock—the
Strengths: - Consistency of performance in the 10km extreme ride for air shock, due to hot rod (The weakness of most of air shocks is their performance worsen after 3-4 km of extreme ride)
- Excellent in big drop and jump
- Great weight and looks (not too extreme)
- Good in small bumps, corner and rock garden
Weaknesses: Since i just in the trial mode, perhaps i need to redial in the compression setting and beginning stroke rebound setting in my Vivid Air
I believe Vivid Air R2C is the excellent rear shock alternative for rider / bike which is low profile (weight and looks) but high performance capability
Strengths: Don't really know as I had to have it rebuilt after 2 freaking rides. Marketing speak this thing should rock. Large volume air can, available with factory tunes to match bike specs. Shock has had some really good reviews.
Weaknesses: During the second ride shock became stuck down. Fix involved a full rebuild kit (not sure if it was required or not - perhaps I should be aiming my hate toward my LBS). Full rebuild kit $160 plus labour for a total just north of $250. Did I mention that the shock is two rides old. Should have been warranty, but I bought it as a take off of a new bike, so I am left screwed. The $100 I saved has quickly evaporated and now cost me.
I am willing to give it a try, if the thing breaks down again I will go on a campaign against Rock Shox. If it works flawlessly, I will merely be terribly disappointed.
It is not like a bought a cheap shock and hoped it would work. Aside from the DB Air this is one of the most expensive shocks out there. Yet, despite the relatively small number of Vivid Air shocks out there, there are the reports of poor quality seals being used, or manufacturing process problems which result in seals not installed properly, or not enough oil in chamber to act as lubricant.
I really want this shock to work, but my impression of Rock Shox is now at a rock bottom.
My previous experience with RS was with a Boxxer Race, never could get it to feel right. I did own a couple of their shocks that worked well. I had a Reba that felt pretty nice and was quite adjustable. Also owned a Pike Air u-turn which felt and rode very nice, just a little heavy compared to other offerings.
As far as the Vivid Air it was down to a couple of choices: I had considered the X-Fusion Vector Air, but not a lot of press on it, so I passed. The other option was the Roco Air TST or WC. I had previously ran a Roco WC coil and Roco Air TST, so as much as they worked and felt pretty good, I wanted to try something new.
Enter the Vivid Air, from the small amount of reviews and info I could find, this shock sounded pretty good. Some saying it was hard to tell it's performance apart from a top end coil shock ...
Well, all I can continue to say, it that it better fricken well work now after spending $250+ to rebuild a 2-ride old shock. It better wash and lube my bike as well, and pedal to the top of the hill for me too.
I will post a follow up review once I can actually ride with the shock.
Similar Products Used: nothing as good as vivid air, but iv e used FOX RC4 and CCDB
Bike Setup: intense m9,vivid air, manitou dorado pro 2011
from Marin County, Bitches, USA
Date Reviewed: July 16, 2011
Strengths: Just as Rockshox claims - This air shock feels just like a coil. Amazing bump compliance, handles drops without bottoming, doesn't stiffen up after long runs
Weaknesses: This really isn't a weakness, but setup was kind of challenging. This shock is different from anything that I've used before. It doesn't follow the traditional "air shock" setup that others do. You have to do a lot of trial and error before you get it right. Don't get discouraged when trying different air pressures. I found that I ended up running less pressure than I would normally set in other air shocks. The design allows the user to run lower more supple air pressures that mimic a coil but you don't give up the solid pedal efficiency.
Unbelievable product! Rockshox hit he ball out of the park with this one. I was skeptical to fall for the media hype at first. However, as I talked to some trusted industry gurus, they convinced me this was the shock I had to have. I had considered a coil shock earlier but couldn't justify the additional weight. Once I got the shock dialed, the bike became what I had been after for 2 years. A big thanks to Rockshox for finally making this technology available.
Have a rebuild kit, and plan to tear into it later today/tomorrow, but though I'd see if anyone has had a similar issue.
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It's bound to happen sooner or later, since this is the only other top dog contender, so here it is!
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