a Weekend Warrior
from Corona, CA
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2003
Strengths: * Very Little Bob * Great Action * Range of rebound adjustments * Build Quality * Ease of set up
Weaknesses: * None so far (Wish the spring was black?)
This shock takes the pedal bounce away, but remains compliant to the bumps. The rebound does not seem to fade on long downhills. This shock soaks up the big hits, and keeps the bike tires on the ground during high speed decents. I liked the helix pro a-lot, but I like not having to remember to set the manual lockout on climbs and then remeber to turn it off going down. I rode a friends bike with a curnutt shock which was a little better than the romic in pedaling. I've tried alot of shocks and the romic seems the best for the hardcore all around rider. Best rear shock I've owned.
Similar Products Used: RS Pro Deluxe, Stratos Helix DH, Helix Pro, Helix Expert
Bike Setup: 2002 AC1 pretty stock, a few upgrades..Blah Blah.
a Cross Country Rider
from Hoboken, New Jersey
Date Reviewed: January 13, 2003
Strengths: Ability to limit pedal induced bobbing bullet proof design
Weaknesses: none so far
I was about to drop $1600.00 on a more efficient frame until I read about Romic. I got the shock about 3 months ago and have been extremely pleased. I am now able to set up my frame with 4-1/2" of travel and still have very little pedal induced movement. great shock, actually saved me over $1200 bucks.
from Trabuco Canyon, Ca
Date Reviewed: January 8, 2003
Strengths: Easily adjustable, super smooth stroke. Hard to bottom out.
Weaknesses: The mounting Hardware was not sized exactly right. It was a tight fit on my Giant AC.
This shock blows Rockshox and Fox away. I've raced DH 3 times with it, and it is so smooth. I also do a lot of trail riding, and it has very little pedal bob. So far it has required no maintenance, and seems rock solid.
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Prodeluxe, Fox Vanilla RC
Bike Setup: Giant AC with 03 Boxxer Race, Rhynolite Rims, Avid 8 inch mechanical brakes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Houston, Texas
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2002
Strengths: Plush and efficient
I bought this shock to replace my Fox float and go from 4 to 6 " of rear travel. After a short dial in, I was amazed at the performance. At first I kept looking at my rear tire to see if it was half flat, because I could feel small bumps hardly at all. I also had far less bob that I did with an air shock with 2' less Travel. This increase in efficiency FAR outweighed the weight increase. I weigh over 190 with gear and pounded this thing for 1200 miles before it develed a slow fluid leak after a 35000 foot plane trip to San Diego, followed by some rough downhills. The shock had no noticable loss of performance, and worked perfectly the rest of the trip. Romic CS was great. This was an early shock, and they told me that they had made some improvements to fix the problem. Got the shock back as promised, with a full rebuild. The spring I ordered with the shock was a bit heavy, but Romic swapped it out for a lighter one that is perfect. Thaey will have titanium springs for these awesome shocks soon, and that will save some significant weight. Great product with CS to match. Worth every penny.
Similar Products Used: Fox air and coil, Stratos air
Bike Setup: Older Isis with extra mount for 7.5" shock (6" rear travel), Zokie Z1FR
from so cal
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2002
Strengths: plush, pedals efficiently, no screwing around with air assists.
Weaknesses: no piggyback reservoir
very cool shock. i got it at the factory; custom shimmed for my bike. amazing pedalling efficiency. with the compression 5 clicks out, i can ride up long hills for miles no problem, almost like my XC bike, and yet it's super plush on the downhill. for downhilling i sometimes go out 7 or 8 clicks. rides as well as the bullit / 5th element combination. i see a lot of Romics up at Big Bear, and everyone seems stoked w/ the reliability. enables a single pivot bike to really ride well. MUCH better than the FOX rc vanilla did. good price too.
Weaknesses: heavier than avg shock if u care about that which i dont.
i upgraded to this shock after snapping my old dnm ST12's shaft in half, all i wanted out of the romic was not to break ;) but it surprised me alot, it made a huge difference in the rear end of my bike this shock is very beefy, yet takes bumps very smooth, it feels great it showed me how truly crappy my old shock was ;)
a Cross Country Rider
from Merrimack, NH, USA
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2002
Strengths: easily tunable, excellent small and large hit response,tough
Weaknesses: heavy, long warranty repair turnaround (small company)
This shock is an absolutely super plush awesome performer. The ISIS handles 100% better with this shock than Air Vanilla. Excellent durability, with a blowout after 5 months of heavy riding on 190lb rider. Repair turnaround time was 3 weeks total exactly, which includes overnight to Romic, 11 days in repair, one week ground shipping back. With this shock, the ISIS single pivot performs better than my old FSR 4 bar linkage!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 12, 2002
Strengths: reliability, ease of use, no gimmicks !!!
i have converted all my bikes to romic rear shocks, my bullits are now 7 and 8 inch rear travel with the t2 and my truth is now much smoother with romic coil over, the dabomb has yet to see action with the romic but based on the article in MBA it appears to make the bike a real DH rig. Romic is reliable and easy to use...very smooth through out its range of travel....the dials work thoughout their range...The Romic guys are very helpful....Darin at romic is very willing to assist in any way he can....give this shock at try ....you won't regret it !!!
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