Derived from motocross racing technology, the El Jefe is the new benchmark for downhill suspension. The housing is hard anodized, precision honed, and has a 32mm ID providing twice the oil volume of other shocks on the market. It has a bladder system hat is more responsive, uses less sliding seals, and has more nitrogen volume than other bladders due to our exclusive super volume bladder cap. In addition, it has locking preload rings just like pro motocross racers. To top it off, the El Jefe comes with an optional titanium spring and is completely user serviceable!
Strengths: ROCK SOLID, SILKY SMOOTH, VERY EASY TO SET UP AND TUNE, GREAT TECH SUPPORT
Weaknesses: ALITTLE HEAVY...ONLY A LITTLE FOR ME
RECOMEND PRODECT TO ANY FREERIDE AND BOMBERS OUT THERE. EASY TO SET UP AND COMFY FOR EPIC RIDES ALSO, I DO MOSTLY LONG RIDES DUE TO MY AREA YET I RACE A COUPLE OF DH EVENTS A YEAR ON THE SAME BIKE. DIFFERENT TIRES AND A DIFFERENT STEM AND IT IS A SWEET PEDALER FOR ALL OCCASIONS.
Similar Products Used: rock shox pro deluxe (worst shock ever). Fox vanilla rc, vanilla r.
Bike Setup: giant AC1, dt Fr hub, el jefe with comp adj.
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2003
Strengths: It works, it's heavy, it's stiff as hello, incredibly smooth. Like sitting on a marshmallow.
The El Jefe may not be the best shock on earth, or be the ubershock that everyone's talking about, or have a trillion adjustments; it's just an incredibly solid shock that performs.
Personally, I'm not interested in the negative approach holding pressure, inside out ramping spring rate, medium downward release reciprocity threshold; none of it actually improves anyone's riding...for me, all of that is actually taking away from the art of riding a bike. It's turning the whole sport into who can spend more money for more b.s. so that they can have some high-tech lingo that separates them from the rest of the bunch. None of it means anything.
It's incredibly funny how so many people strut around talking about their bikes as if they designed and welded them.........HELLO! - YOU ONLY BOUGHT THE STUFF! So quit strutting around and ride.
I've said my piece, thank you for sitting through it. Please email me (BilDottCom@aol.com) if you have disputes or want to agree, I enjoy stimulating conversation about the sport I love.
Oh yeah, the El Jefe is a top notch shock and I'd recommend it to anyone. Thanks again.
Bike Setup: two wheels, a seat, some springs, lots of go.
Vilen Boston, MA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2003
Strengths: Super Plush, Great investment for the bike and for the money. Plus so far outstanding performance
Weaknesses: None, Except you really need to know what length of the hose u need!
For the money it is outstanding buy. I had Fox Vanilla RC and i had to send it to recharge the nitrogen and just to service it every half of the year. Really, Fox Vanilla doesn't even comes close to this shock. Stratos El Jefe is so much bigger, better and worth the money. If you have a choice between El Jefe and Fox, go for El Jefe without any doubt, it will blow you mind and make you more confident in your bike. Just make sure that you call them up first to see if this shock would fit your bike. Cause i had to play with it until i got it setup right.
Need your help here. Does anyone know if the spring of an (old) Stratos's El Jefe would fit on an Elka. Weight and stroke are perfect but I'm wandering if the internal diameter would be a problem. I would be very grateful if anyone could provide me with both internal and external diameter of an El J ... Read More »
does anyone where you can buy stiffer springs for an 05 boxxer world cup, i have ebayed, and check websites, no one does, and my el jefe ti spring is just too soft for me, and the stratos website has been down for over amonth... just looking to stiffin my ride, thanksRead More »