RockShox J3 2006 Front Shocks

RockShox J3 2006 Front Shocks 

DESCRIPTION

  • Travel: 80 or 100 or 125mm
  • Steerer Tube: Steel
  • Damping: TurnKey Lockout
  • Crown: Forged 6061 T-6 aluminum

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 13, 2017]
Darius Sequeira
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Style Points, Better than a rigid fork, Lockout is useful, adjusters are good for tuning

Weakness:

Stiff asf, preload is hard to turn until i move it to the middle

It does its job, it absorbs hits, but when it hits small ones, you can really feel the hit, and on large ones it feels like it locks at 75% travel. The seals are dirty and when I flush the seals the oil is really dirty, but i got it second hand. It came stock on my GT Avalanche 1.0 2006. The bike feels great but probably because I had a crap rigid frame retro Raleigh CRO-MO 21.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 24, 2009]
MKor
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Adjustments, strong fork, not flexy came with bike

Weakness:

Weight, doesn't work very well when cold. Not very smooth.

Overall, this shock has been okay, I've used it on some pretty rough terrain and it's held up pretty well. It gets stiff pretty quickly when the weather cools down, and isn't all that smooth. This shock is pretty much exactly the same as the new Dart 2-3. Get it if you are going to do mild off road, or on road. If your going to do a lot of biking the weight is going to be tiring.

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox Judy TT

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 25, 2007]
lone rider
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Adjustability

Weakness:

Failed twice in 8 months

I posted here in May about them losing damping ability. The were fixed under warranty really fast and continued to work for a while after that. Now they've messed up again though they've hardly done many miles since and have been used only for the occassional potter around the countryside, no jumping/etc. The lockout function doesn't work anymore regardless of lever position and they now lock out when they feel like it. When they do lock out on their own and I depress them one of the wipers *pops* up the stanction and spits oil about the place. They don't seem to have much travel anymore either... *sigh*.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox Mag 21

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 04, 2007]
Lyndon
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Rebound adjust.
Preload adjust.
Lockout.
Quick Single Track.

Weakness:

Spring stiffness.
Travel length.
Compression on slow rides, small bumps.

This fork came with the bike. So far I rode to work for one winter with the bike. Since the end of winter I've continued riding to work and have gone trail riding about 4 times 4hrs each time.
I weigh around 240lbs and it does flex when cutting side to side because I hear the rotor ping against the pads when doing so. Like others have said the fork doesn't seem to soak up the little stuff, especially at slower speeds.
The springs are whatever comes in them by default and are too stiff. To get full travel I have to get over the handle bars and throw all my weight up and down compressing the fork over and over till it loosens up a bit, not that this would help while riding.
I set the sag as per directions and my rebound adjust is in the middle of the range. It works great on fast single track, soaking up roots and rocks. The lockout really saves me when riding to and from the trail up and down paved roads.
Took a hard fast hit into a big root and got worried after hearing the noise it made but its still holding up and no oil leaks.
If you can get a great deal on this fork its good for its intended use and I would say buy it. If I was shopping retail I would not buy this fork though.

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 29, 2007]
B P
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Does exactly what meant to. Absorbs the bumps. Good adjustmant. Easily takes the odd drop off or more regular crash. Very smooth

Weakness:

nothing other than Shiny silver stanchions

Can't be beaten for price but don't buy if ur fat and do lots of jumps. Its a bloody xc fork.

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Judy XC Manitou Stance Fox Talas

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 17, 2007]
Chris Higgins
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Does its job

Weakness:

The locout and rebound doesnt work

Good forks shame about the lockout and rebound

Similar Products Used:

SR Suntour

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 15, 2007]
james gunter
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Great options for fine tuning to fit my needs (at first)

Weakness:

everything. forks crapped out after 1 year of mostly highway riding. no big jumps or anything!

obviously they had to put a cheap fork on a relatively nice bike. I kept thinking when I bought the bike, why is this such a good deal? now I know.

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manitou 6 ( had 2 years & no problems)

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 25, 2006]
Peter Knight
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Lockout, travel, looks.

Weakness:

None.

This is a great fork for the money. I paied around £90 and it soaks up the hits on the trail without any probs and then thwack the lockout on and it does the climbs without any complaints.

The guy that said there was movement in the legs - maybe there is a little - but it's barely noticable and i've never had any probs.

The guy who was trying to use it for 5ft drops is abusing the fork - it's not a DH/jump fork.

Similar Products Used:

Marzocchi bomber air equiv, rockshox Pike 426, suntour equiv.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 25, 2006]
Joe Kim
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Lockout is nice. Seems to soak up any hits I take. Mounts both V and Disc.

Weakness:

Preload doesn't seem to do much. What the heck does the rebound thing on the bottom do?

I only weigh 140 lbs so it seems to take anything that I throw at it. Not that I ride all that hard, but it gets the job done. Lockout doesn't lock-out the fork entirely, but enough to keep you from bobbing when slugging it out uphill. Great Beginners XC fork. Only 4/4 'cause it's not an air-fork :)

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RockShox JeTT, Marzocchi Mx Comp

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 16, 2006]
DJ Ponte
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Hard spring and good for dirt jumping130mm

Weakness:

you don't get the full 130mm of tracel becuase the fork is too hard even with the softest sprinng in

too hard for a freerider or xc rider because it doesnt respond to little bump or jumps well
ok DJ fork

Similar Products Used:

Marzocchi mz comp, rockshox tora 302 solo air

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
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