Lizard's Skin Fork Boots Shock Upgrade

3.3/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $10.00


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Lizard's Skin Fork Boots


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Arrigo a Weekend Warrior from Grants Pass,OR, Good Ol' U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2004

Strengths:    Good Looks, Black, easy to install, cheap, Don't have to lube my forks so often now.

Weaknesses:    Just barely long enough.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Inverted fork model. For what it is it seems to work good. They say right on the package if immersed in water to remove and let fork dry, so they never claimed to be water-proof. They need to make them a bit longer though.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Dumb a Cross Country Rider from southern California

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2004

Strengths:    saves expensive forks!!

Weaknesses:    bunch up once in a while but not often

Bottom Line:   
I can't understand why manufacturers don't include boots on their bikes. Well actually i do its a vast conspiracy to wear out our forks faster so we buy new ones..

Unless your rich or don't care about cleaning the dirt outta the "stock dirt seals" after every ride these cheap things are gonna save you money.

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Favorite Trail:   all of em

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $14.00

Purchased At:   performance


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2003

Strengths:    Keep your stuff clean

Weaknesses:    I don't think you can use them with adjustable travel forks??

Bottom Line:   
Used them for 2 years with Marzocchi air shock. Never lost air, never needed to clean them. Simple to install and worth it to make an expensive shock last longer.
Of course I live where it is dry, but there are some water crossings and they will protect your fork legs.
They do NOT bunch up and expose the seals unless you install them wrong, and if you install them wrong you are a complete moron.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Bike Setup:   MArzocchi on Santa Cruz superlight

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George a Cross Country Rider from Rochester, NY

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Strengths:    These boots look great and have kept mud out of my Judy 100's perfectly, even when I ride in the pouring rain through tons of mud. Don't have to take the fork apart to put these on!! Big plus there!

Weaknesses:    A little confusing to put on the first time. I think the "Bunchhing" people refer to happens if you put them on wrong, because mine don't.

Bottom Line:   
I've used these for a year and have had no bunching problems. I read a lot of reviews saying that the Judy 100 would fail in pouring rain, and that hasn't happened to me although I ride in the rain a lot (welcome to Rochester). I put a lot of judy butter on the shock and then sealed it in using the Lizzard Skin boots. The red looks great w/ red grips and red/black nashbar 2x seat (works great w/ black frames, too...) I highly recommend this product...unless you're spacially (spatial) challenged and don't use sissors well, then let your bike shop install these for you 'cause you shouldn't be working on your bike! (The bottom of the boot wraps around *below* the brake/shock arch.)

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Favorite Trail:   Crack'd Helmet, Tryon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Rubber boots.

Bike Setup:   GT i-Drive 5 2001 w/ Judy 100's (1999), XT, LX drivetrain, SRAM PC69 chain, Lizzard skins on both front and rear shocks as well as on the headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sprocketeer a Cross Country Rider from Narashino, Chiba, Japan (native of New York)

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2003

Strengths:    They clean up really easy--just rinse them under the tap.

They don't get stretched out, but they do break-in nicely.

The velcro is durable.

(weenie comment alert) I like the lizard graphic appearing on the side of my staunchions; I'm glad they don't have some crappy flame design or--worse--a big brand name display. Also, they come in good colors.

Like another rider posted, the fact that they keep out shale and lime dust--which are both about as fine as talcum powder--is highly appreciated.

They protect the forks from getting dented at least somewhat.


Weaknesses:    Other people have mentioned a lot of problems with fit and wet stuff getting under the boots, but I haven't had any of the problems other people mentioned and I come home with both bike and rider caked in mud quite often. So weaknesses=zero

Bottom Line:   
These things are indespensible and couldn't function better. Because of the complaints about mud getting under them, Lizard Skins actually prints on the label that they should be removed for wet conditions now, but I don't see why anyone would have actually more mud and caked on dirt while using these things unless they simply aren't in the habit of cleaning their bikes more than once in a while (I do a quick cleaning after every ride and a thorough one about every 250 miles or a month, whichever comes first).

I didn't even cut mine. I just roll them back over on themselves at the tops and they stay in place--though when they were new they did bunch up just a bit.

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Favorite Trail:   I like it rough an' dirty baby!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Seo Cycle, LalaPort Tokyo Bay shopping mall, Minami-Funabashi, Chiba, Japan

Similar Products Used:   Other Lizard Skins products on other parts of my bike and just plain good maintainence.

Bike Setup:   2002 TREK 8000, Shimano 959 pedals, Shimano XT cranks (172.5mm) and bottom bracket, Bontrager-Selle San Marco Race Lite titanium rail saddle, Thompson Elite seatpost, Panacer Fire XC Pro tires, . . . .

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by adam di cara a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2002

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    dosnt fit my fork looks goofy and you better off just wipe your fork down

Bottom Line:   
only by them if you really get muddy

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Favorite Trail:   anything with big jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   halfords

Similar Products Used:   none others

Bike Setup:   sarecen xile frame v-drive crank dmr satern chainring

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from L.A.

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2001

Strengths:    Easy to install as long as you cut it to the right length. Keep dirt and dust out.

Weaknesses:    Not good for wet conditions but as long as you live in sunny California you are ok.

Bottom Line:   
I no longer had to clean my stachions after every ride. I recommand everyone to buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Ana river trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar.com

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC SE1.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by C a Weekend Warrior from C algary, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2001

Strengths:    keeps stuff out
looks


Bottom Line:   
Keeps out dust, mud, etc. I just rode in the rain today and they stayed nice and dry. And clean. Easy to install and remove for seal lube and stanchion tube cleaning (not that it needs cleaning cause these things keep it all out). Most of all it keeps out red shale dust from Fish Creek. I hate that sh.. excuse me, stuff. A perfect add-on to forkless boots like the SID SL to reduce cleaning and regular maintenance. Without them I was cleaning the seals after every ride. Now I just have to keep up with the lube. Minimal cleaning.

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Favorite Trail:   whatever I can ride

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   Pedalhead ($22 canadian)

Similar Products Used:   rubber factory boots

Bike Setup:   Moab - XT everything, SID SL fork, Race Face Turbine LP cranks, Crossride wheels, Wildgrippr tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bighare a Cross Country Rider from San Rafael, CA

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2001

Strengths:    It works if you install it correctly

Weaknesses:    Neoprene will hold water if you don't open it after a wet ride.

Bottom Line:   
If the product bunched up and ran up the fork leg on the first ride, YOU INSTALLED IT IMPROPERLY!! You didn't wrap it around the brake arch on the bottom. They work just fine and look much better than accordian style rubber boots. You do need to clean under them occasionally, but this is easy to do with the velcro attachments. Rubber boots require cleaning underneath also, albiet less frequently.

No fork boot will keep out 100% of dirt and water.

For the $$ and simplicity, they are great.

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Favorite Trail:   China Camp

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Bike Setup:   MARS forks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jonathan a Weekend Warrior from St Helens, England

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2000

Strengths:    Easy to fit and remove, allows the fork legs to be cleaned and lubed

Weaknesses:    Price ($15 over here)

Bottom Line:   
I bought some Mars1 w/o booots fitted. I've used Lizard skins and find that if fitted over the seal, they keep mud off the fork legs, while they are easily removed to allow the legs to be dryed thoroughly and lubed after each ride. Yes they bunch up a bit, but that allows them to conform to the movements of the leg. Fit them as tight as possible for the best seal. Ordinary boots trap mud, and are difficult to clean under. These boots don't.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Manitou Mars1

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Luke a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville,TN

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2000

Strengths:    Will keep dust out...kinda

Weaknesses:    Will not keep actual dirt, mud, crud, water,boulders, small passenger cars,etc. out of your fork.

Bottom Line:   
The fork "boots" only work in very dry and dusty conditions that a fork seal could handle anyways. When it gets wet, they do too and will hold moisture, dirt, mud etc against the fork wipers, effectively doing the opposite of what it is supposed to do.
Neoprene and cotton are porous. Rubber is not. It's that simple.
If you ride ONLY in dry conditions, then I guess they would be ok, as they are not any better than a rubber boot.
If you ride where it even gets humid, then forget about these things as they are a waste of money and can only do more damage than good.

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Favorite Trail:   Lock4

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   (former) LBS

Similar Products Used:   WB wipers (just as bad), Mountainspeed speed seals (great)

Bike Setup:   99 Jamis Dragon.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jimmy a Cross Country Rider from West Newton, MA USA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2000

Strengths:    If you can get one that matches the color of your bike, they look better than regular boots.

Weaknesses:    Does it need to be this hard to put these things on?

Bottom Line:   
Performance-wise, these things are no better than rubber boots. The reason why I have a pair is because I found red ones which compliment my red SID very nicely. However, I have never experienced the bunching up like some of the others. Value-wise, 1 flaming poop if you get the black ones. 2 flaming poops for the colored ones. Overall? 2 flaming poops because they're evolutionary, not revolutionary.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   stock rubber boots

Bike Setup:   1999 SID

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Huey a Cross Country Rider from London, UK

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2000

Strengths:    These Lizards fit excellently around my Pace RC-35s. They let nothing in, don't wander or bunch as they're wrapped under teh canti boss, and remove easily for cleaning of the forks and boots.

Weaknesses:    There's a technique to getting the velcro done up evenly all the way, but I'm used to that the past 5 years.
A little pricey for the materials and technology involved.


Bottom Line:   
Good for my forks and a few others. Try a friends set for fit before you buy. These are designed for older forks, so bear that in mind. Pace don't recommend their use for their newer forks, which have improved seals anyhow. They last - I'm on my second pair in 5 years!!

They do the job I want them to do on the forks I use.

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Favorite Trail:   Red Bull run, Coed y Brenin

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Nothing, which led to strip-downs each ride :-(

Bike Setup:   Kona Explosif '94, Distance XC, UK Winters.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by nb from CT

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2000

Strengths:    Could be cut up and used to protect chainstays

Weaknesses:    Hmmm....now let me see...........

Bottom Line:   
Bad. Do not even waste the time looking at them.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2000

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    They keep riding up the fork legs

Bottom Line:   
these just don't work. As soon as the fork compresses they ride up the leg and leave the seals uncovered. seems like the bottom of the boot needs a better way of attatching it to the fork. Save your money and don't bother with these.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Marin Wildcat Trail,Boxxer forks, Hope O2 disc brakes

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