Fox Shox Vanilla 125RL 2003 Front Shocks

rebound adjustment
compression lock-out

User Reviews (19)

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Arcel   All Mountain Rider [May 21, 2012]
Strength:

still alive 2003-2012

Weakness:

make sure you adjust the travel when your going downhill if you forget you will damage the shock

Heavy Duty for my 2006 Santa Cruz Chameleon

Similar Products Used: XT,XTR,XO,XX formula brake, avid brake, hayes brake, magura brake
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mark   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2003]
Strength:

Buttery smooth travel and lots of it! Lock-out and 32mm sanctions are a plus.

Weakness:

none yet

Man this fork is awesome, dial it in to riders specs and go! Very plush fork; just as good or better than the Marzocchi's. Don't buy this fork if you're into XC or have a bike that has less than 5" of travel because your geo. will get f@#$%up.

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi FR SL, Psylo SL,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
malibu barbie   Downhiller [Jun 21, 2003]
Strength:

Plush and a whole lotta travel. Great for downhilling.

Weakness:

The lockout works sometimes.

Not ideal for a small XC hardtail setup--used for DH riding...but is a great slolom bike. My setup makes it difficult for uphill XC riding due to the tall 5" travel.

Similar Products Used: Marzochi Z-4
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Dana   Weekend Warrior [Jun 19, 2003]
Strength:

Plush travel and lots of it

Weakness:

Starting to make squishy noises after compression.
Some flexing when braking (Disk).

Flexier than my old Marzocchi and makes a squishy noise after only 3 months of use... Not sure if I would recommend this for bigger guys (say over 220) but very plush travel and the lock out feature is very nice too.

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi CR1
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
John   Cross Country Rider [May 19, 2003]
Strength:

Plush while it worked.

Weakness:

Failed first ride, less than 20 miles on it. Sent it in 6 weeks ago, still not back.

Poor quality. Broke almost immediately. Poor customer service. I would not buy another Fox.

Similar Products Used: Many. Keep going back to Marzocchi, they work, are dependable, and have good customer service.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
W. Pete   Cross Country Rider [Mar 02, 2004]
Strength:

The fork comes with three different springs and the ability to be run at three different travels. Right away you know that these folks want you ridding their fork. 32mm stantions are stiff, and the "webbed" or whatever crown tops it all off.

Weakness:

I've not had any toubles with mine -- I have changed the travel a number of times so perhaps some of the metal on the edges of the bolts have rounded -- no functional problem, just cosmetic.

This fork has seen many different types of rides (from epic to urban) on both 5" travel trail bikes and lightweight hardtails. I have played around with other forks, but keep comming back for the combination of feel, stiffness, and weight. I don't know who the lightweight rider who had the dropouts ripped of hisher fork was, but it should be obvious to them that something was not right before hand -- I overtightend a skewer once on these (it was a ti skewer), but the fork ripped the head of the skewer and shot it against a near by wall after setting for 5min or so. Roots don't kill forks, people kill forks.

Similar Products Used: psylo, various light weight zocchis
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Bobby Curly   [Mar 04, 2004]
Strength:

strong, better than average construction (no plastic!), straight forward design.

Weakness:

minor issue - top caps on forks are odd-ball size & a bit soft. just be careful.

32mm stanchions, quality construction, easy to maintain (except those top caps are bit of a pain) and for the esthetically concerned - they're pretty low-key looking (rather than sporting some cutesy colour scheme of the year).

I weigh nearly 200 lbs and these forks have received a decent pounding w.o any failure or issues. Not sure what that 'broken drop-out' over a small root story is all about - but I have done 3 foot high drops and hit tons of roots of all sizes and I have had no problems.
There are lots of good deals out there on non-current versions these days - I'd buy another set if I needed them.

Similar Products Used: marz x-fly, old girvin vectors (doesn't really count?)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Liam   Cross Country Rider [Apr 10, 2004]
Strength:

Excellent Ride!!! It sucks up all the stumps, bumps, humps, and cobble stones that are thrown in its way.

Weakness:

The Lockout stopped working after the third ride. I took it to the local bike shop to be fixed, but was told it has to be sent to the FOX distributer here in Germany to be fixed. $45 shipping! Ouch!!! And no telling how long it will take to fix!!! Still riding on it with out the lock out.

I love this Fork, even with the lockout not working, it is still a fantastic ride. I would by another FOX before any other suspension Fork.

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox, Manitou.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Craig   Weekend Warrior [Feb 18, 2003]
Strength:

Plush

Real nice fork, however one needs to make sure the right spring is in. Standard spring is 25lbs- I am 207 lbs and like air so I am putting in a 35lbs spring.If that is still not enough I will go with the yellow spring. I am sure once this fork is dialed in, it will be the big hit buttah landing gear I am looking for.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mus   Weekend Warrior [Nov 07, 2003]
Strength:

Very very tough and it will take a beating

Weakness:

none so far

i had this fork for more than 1 year and i think i have abused it so many times that i think it calling out for more.

when i 1st got the fork it came it its default factory setting at 125mm. sent it to a local bike shop for it to be changed to 100mm - coz on a hardtail its a bit high to be setting it up on 125. though i had the right setting after changing it to 100mm, so i rode it for more than 6 months. during this time i had done xc, a bit of freeriding, epic rides and had a couple of bad falls with it. until a friend pointed out to me that the fork didn't seemed 100mm. i checked that the number of spacer that was remove was right (the 25mm) but the travel was more than 100mm. tried to open it up by myself but was unsuccesful and i was clumsy enough to lost one of the 3 tiny bearings on the blue lockout leaver. sent it back to a different shop (did trust the 1st one i went to), and he got it right. i told him that i've been riding with a faulty fork for more than 6 mths and was worried that there might be some other internal components that were damage in the process. he said everthing else was OKAY. it felt somewhat similar like before except less plusher on climbs and flats, which was a good thing.

remember the bearing that i lost? it made the rebound adjuster knob (the red cap) loose and the lockout adjuster (blue) a bit hard to dail. i thought it will hold until i find the bearing that i lost. but due to my stupidity (which was also due to the rush that had been accumulated for so long), i did a 5' jump (i also did several times when the travel wasn't 100mm like i mention before). i nailed the jump but the red knob came off and the blue adjuster was still hanging on its last 2 bearings.

set it to the shop and the guys said they can't get the replacements any time soon (all i need was the red knob and a bearing). instead he customise me special knob for the rebound and it worked just as good as the original one. been using it since for more than 6 months without any problems.

unlike other components on my bike, i think the fox is the most unluck one to be expose to so much abuse (besides my 5 yr old frame) and still functions flawlessly - sometimes i think its asking for more abuse that i can ever give it :) well it time for its 1st oil change, hope it'll last me till the 2nd one as well.

ONE AWESOME FORK


the 1st ride was plush on bumps but stiff on coners and during clims. though

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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