Utilizing advanced features, as well as state-of-the-art computer controlled design and manufacturing, Romic's exclusive Twin Tube Damper leads the way, producing unmatched performance and tuneability for your MTB.
Derived from Motorsports, Romic's Twin Tube Dampers combine massive performance as well as the best features of external reservoir dampers in a lightweight compact design.
Reactor Valve Technology Developed for the rigors of off-road riding and racing, Romic's exclusive Reactor Valve offers unparallel and independent tuning of both bump forces and rider inputs. Why sacrifice pedal efficiency in order to have a plush ride when Romic's Reactor Valve allows you to have both. Will Increase Rear wheel travel up to 7.2 inches
Strengths: coil spring, easy to adjust and live with, super plush and lively, reactor valve is the best platform i saw on a coil spring, made my bikes serious off road mtb, deal with anything you throw at it, amazing technology
Weaknesses: depends on wich one you have, a good or a bad one.
on my first one the red click did work on the last turn of the click...after a service, it was still the same !!
on my second bike, the shock was faultless and i did bring my attention for the superior shock and it s potential , and made me realize that it s what a shox and how it track the way
it s the shox who made my bike riding and flying, the reactor valve is amzing for cruising and hectik in the gnarly stuff.
i never bottomed with it and instantanly my bikes came alive instead of only dealing with absorbing my ride.
i use the 3 in 1 silicone brand , it lubrify the main shaft and dials, it s like an air max with the punch of a hammer.
but get the good one, if you did, you know what type of technology you own.
if not, a good service should bring life to that.
get one !
Bike Setup: turner dhr 2007
specialized enduro 2004
and now devinci hectik 09 with dhx5
a Weekend Warrior
from Wally World
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2009
Strengths: DOes what its suppose to do.. Easy to use... Plush, adjustable.... Strong...
I called Romic at get a rebuild.. 50$.. and 50$ for a new spring.. Their was no customer service problem..?
I could go out and buy a Fox .. But why.. the Romic works well at what it does.. and its transparent and easy to use.. Just put it on and go...
I see no reason to do anything other then get it rebuilt every year...
Im tired of bells and whistles in this industry... Just give me something solid , that is proven , and that works.. for get about the cream colored bikes and all the shimmery paint , and 400 dials in every direction... Im finding that I dont even use a lock out .. I just have bar ends and go.. The rest is up to me.. and that is what this romic shox is like.. independent common sense...
This is a great shock, it works very well for more aggressive trail riding. The design is straight forward, performs very well, and is quite user friendly. Also, contrary to other reviewers, Romic provided me very responsive customer service. I sent it to Romic on a Monday ($45 for rebuild), they had it back to me rebuilt the following week. Great job Romic, thank you.
a Weekend Warrior
from Rainier, OR
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2007
Strengths: Great feel and control. Works as well or better as any coil shock I've either owned or demo'd. Reactor Valve limits (but not eliminates) pedal induced movement.
Weaknesses: Customer service...that would actually require that Romic either answers their phone or returns messages and e-mails...they seem incapable of either
First off...I got the shock used for $89 from E-bay and it worked fairly good but made a loud "sucking" sound on big rebounds. I sent it to Romic for a rebuild and one month and $44 later it was returned. Since the rebuild, the shock has performed flawlessly. I really like the feel of this shock, it seems to suck up almost anything in its path. Coils are my favorite over air shocks (I'm a Clyde and rarely get full travel out of a air shock). I was also able to trade for the right weight coil with another MTBR user. So for $133, it has been and hopefully will continue to be a great shock.
Now the downside...I'm a former bicycle mechanic and warranty manager so I'm very experienced in working with companies on warranties and repairs. Some companies have been on the ball while others are less responsive. Romic falls into the "less responsive" category. If you don't plan on returning phone calls...don't have an answering machine. If you don't plan on responding to e-mails...don't have a e-mail address. It's not too much to expect a simple call back from a company letting you know when your shock will be ready...especially after 3 weeks of not hearing anything. Its called customer service, don't ever think your product is so good that you don't need to be good at it!
Weaknesses: Blew in less than 3 minutes, no customer service
Purchased a new Azonic Propulsion frame, built it & within 3 minutes of buzzing around the neighborhood (no jumps, hucks, etc) there was oil seeping from the top (blue) nob & the rebound adjustment was gone. Called Romic twice & never even got to speak to someone. After reading these reviews, I'm pretty sure I got a "bad one" & Romic has not been at all helpful. Replaced it with Fox & can now enjoy the bike. If anyone needs a 750lb spring...
Bike Setup: Azonic Propulsion, XT 752, Avid cable disc
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 8, 2006
Strengths: Super plush, striking red springs, adjustibility, bombproof construction
Weaknesses: Zero customer support in my part of the world
The shock came stock on my Banshee frame and I really have nothing bad to say about them. Super plush and tons of adjustability. If you love your rear end plush, go for the Romics. You'd probably want to get a stiffer spring though 'cos I felt that the stock 450lb spring was a tad too soft. If you're searching for Romic replacement springs, do try chainreactioncycles.com. They stock 'em and best thing is that those guys are fast and reliable.
a Cross Country Rider
from Greensboro, NC, USA
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2006
Strengths: Responsive like a Vanilla, pedals like an SPV
Weaknesses: Blows out quickly even after factory service (I/m not talking big hucks, 3ft flatties at speed), compression adjuster lacks in ability
I shoot for lively and reliable, the best shocks I've ridden with these attributes are the DHX and the Swinger. If the Romics controls worked and didn't spew all over my swingarm maybe I would feel differently, maybe that's why it was a gift my homeboy couldn't sell it online.
Similar Products Used: Fox Vanilla, DHX, and Manitou Swinger
Bike Setup: 7" bullit, with z150, etc
a Cross Country Rider
from Hurley Mountain NY
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2006
Strengths: linear feel, tons of adjustibility, confidence inspiring, makes the bike feel bomb proof, holds well on climbs (little to no bobbing)
Weaknesses: weight? The thing weighs a lot, but ummm... that's it.
I've been very happy with this shock, bought it from the classifieds here on mtbr for 150 bucks, sent it to Romic soon to have it rebuilt. Not that it needed it, I just wanted to make certain everything was in working order. For their standard rebuild fee they gave me in addition(yes, as in for free) the right weight spring to replace the 900# behemoth it came with which I got to keep, fresh spacers and reducers, and a replacement of the oil and all seals in the shock. Its been one of the best purchases I've made for my bike in the last 4 years! This shock now makes all the weaknesses in my rear rim just that more pronounced since it ties the rear end of my bike together so well. As it stands now, I feel hardly anything from the rear of my bike when I'm rolling over roots, small rocks or holes in the ground. If you're considering one of these shocks, I've never had any trouble with it and would recommend it to someone looking for a bombproof shock made in the US.
Bike Setup: '02 Ellsworth Isis, RF cranks, stem, bars, salsa shaft seatpost, nonsense Sun DS2 XC rims that don't stay true laced to nonsense DT Onyx hubs
a Weekend Warrior
from burly, nc, usa
Date Reviewed: June 1, 2006
Strengths: adjustibility. when set up right there's very little pedal bob, climbs well and plush on downs. this thing has gone without any maintenance for 2 years.
i've read a lot of negative comments about romic's customer support and just don't believe it. my bike came with a 400x2.5 spring and i needed a 500. i tried to get the spring from a myriad of retailers over the span of a month and nada. so i called romic direct and had my spring in two days. i was so impressed with their customer support i'm in the process of having them build a shock just for my bike and riding style. after i have some ride time on the new shock, i'll send in the old one for some TLC.
Similar Products Used: manitou swinger, fox float on XC setups
Bike Setup: ventana el chamuco with a bunch of fun stuff on it.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2006
Strengths: Easy to setup,super smooth,Keeps the rear wheel on the ground.Has never failed!!
I bought this shock used off ebay 2 years ago to replace my OEM Manitou QR air shock. I had no idea how old or what condition this shock was in when I bought it. It has been on my bike 2 years now and has never failed me. Never leaked oil, soaks up every bump on the trail and has been such an improvement over the shock that came with my bike.
Bike Setup: '03 Ellsworth Isis,Manitou,Sram,RaceFace,Chris King,Hayes,Thomson,Mavic.
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2006
Strengths: Leaps and bounds ahead of a DNM shock. Good, noticeable adjustments. The anti-bob system puts my Marz. 120 MX Comp ETA fork to shame (although, an awsome fork especially for the price)
Weaknesses: The one I got came with the KHS FR 2000 03 frame I bought, so I'm a bit worried about the tolerance issues Romic was having around that time. Half a year and no problems yet, so maybe mine isn't defective (I hope)
I always wanted a shock that wouldn't be seen on a Walmart bike. The difference between the Romic and the DNM is unbelievable.
The price was right, since I only paid 350 for the frame AND the shock :)
I'm a little suprised that the 750lb spring is way too soft on the 6 inch setting of my frame. I know the shock isn't blown, so maybe the frame has a high leverage ratio (it's a 4 bar)
Bike Setup: Transition Dirtbag, marazzochi for, sram, avid, and truvativ everthing else. Azonic wheels
from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2005
Strengths: Looks great. Low profile design. Works great when it is properly set up.
Weaknesses: Customer service sucks. Romic takes a 2 hour lunch brake from 11 AM to 1PM. Nobody is there to take your call.
When I got the shock, it was bottoming out off a bunnyhop so I sent it to Romic. They charged me over $180 CAD to rebuild it and put in a new spring. When I got the shock back 3 weeks later, the old spring had not been replaced but they had billed me for it. I had to spend 2 hours phoning them before I could speak to a person.
They recognised that they had made a mistake and are now sending me a new spring.
Bike Setup: 04 Ellsworth Joker 1.5 set up for freeride. It has 7 inches of travel.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 22, 2005
Strengths: Can't tell yet, customer service is preventing me from riding!
Weaknesses: CUSTOMER SERVICE!!
Romic needs to step back and ask themselves why are they doing what they are doing. How can you expect to earn loyal customers when you treat them this way? I ordered a new shock spring weeks ago...and still waiting. Inquired about getting new spacers for a loose lower eyelet (came loose on a new bike build...not good Romic) they said they would send me a set...WEEKS AGO! Go with Fox or Manitou and stay away from Romic. Who cares if the shock performs? The company needs to back it up!
I'm thinking about selling the 7.875 X 2.25 Romic with off of my ID, but i can't find anyone selling one used. Anyone got an estimate on a fair price on a lightly used, no leaks Romic Twin Tube? have 500 LB coil spring with it.Read More »
I recently purchased a used Turner DHR (2005). Overall the bike is in great condition, but rear end feels a little under sprung. I would like to get a stiffer spring for it if possible.
I am well aware that Romic no longer manufacturers shocks for bicycles.
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Can anyone recommend a thickness for steel plate used as a brace/plate/platform for the Retrotec style twin toptube frames? Anyone know what he uses for this purpose?
Do you think 0.032" is thick enough? I'll try asking Curtis if nobody knows.
Photo stolen off the internets to show what I mean:
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I know it's a bit of a long shot, but I wonder if anyone out there has come up with a clever way to repressurize a Romic? The access screw is on the top cap and has to be flush because the bottom out bumper flattens out on top of it. I believe that there's no valve inside that access screw, just the ... Read More »