RockShox Tora 302 2006 Front Shocks

RockShox Tora 302 2006 Front Shocks 

DESCRIPTION

Stiff 32mm tapered wall steel upper tubes mated to U-Turn or Solo Air make Tora the perfect choice for today’s high value All Mountain bikes.
Key Features:

-Stout new chassis design, travel up to 130mm
-Weight saving tapered wall 4130 steel upper tubes
-Disc specific or bossed lower leg options
-Forged 6061 hollow aluminum crown
-Solo Air and U-Turn coil spring options
-Motion Control Damping (318)
-Compatible with all PopLocs
-External rebound adjustment

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 28, 2011]
excalibur1200
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

stiffness. no twisting under loading, stable even on stoppies, low maintenance.

Weakness:

On the heavy side, long break in period.

Notchy at first but Plush once broken in which takes a while, no shimmying under load or at speed, torsionally stiff. great for the price

Similar Products Used:

RST Gila , Rock shox Dart 1

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 02, 2009]
bike rider
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

good cheap fork quite soft

Weakness:

rebound not very effective lockouts stop working after a few months of not very much riding

alright fork does the job lockouts are a bit dodgy

Similar Products Used:

rst gila t4

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 30, 2009]
roguetrooper
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Bought for an absolute bargain!! 99 british pounds! It has been strong and reliable so far...

Weakness:

Abit crunchie when new...got smoother with use. oh, and abit heavy!

Bargain fork which takes all the knocks I throw at it! Read a few bad reviews but havent had any bad experiences.. There are better out there, but hard to beat on value!! Decent fork for those on a budget!!!!!!

Similar Products Used:

Had dart 2 previously.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 11, 2008]
Diomedes
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Design of body is strong (heavy too, but strong). Relatively little flex, even at 130 mm. Put a good fork oil in it, and get the levels right, and it will be fairly plush.

The design is pretty universal, so parts from other forks can be used to fix this when it breaks. (and it probably will)

Weakness:

The internals are crap. Plastic, plastic everywhere. They break, too. I fixed the rebound damper three times (plastic piston slid down the shaft), and it broke again each time after only a short time in use.

Finally, I broke out the hacksaw, and cut a groove in the damper shaft, then safety-wired the piston so that it could not slide anymore. This effectively eliminated the ability to adjust the rebound, but that didn't really matter, since the adjuster knob fell off in the first few weeks of owning the fork.

Oh, and it leaks from the bottom of the damper leg. I've replaced the seals three times, and it still seeps oil. Not a lot, but it is FRUSTRATING.

The lockout is not very durable either-all plastic. It broke within 4 months of normal use. Found a motion control damper on eBay for $10 to replace it. A world of difference!

The lowers and stanchions on this fork are fairly burly, and I've never worried about them failing me. The internals are where SRAM cheaps out on this one.

I'd like to give it a higher rating, but the rebound damping (breaking and leaking) is a massive achille's heel of this fork, and is beyond the ability of most people to fix.(my fix is not even really a fix... just a stopgap measure until I can get another damper, or better yet, another fork and relegate this one to backup status) This means downtime and expense while a shop fixes it, or it gets sent off for warranty work. Not fun.

Granted, I may have gotten a lemon, but I don't consider it unreasonable to expect trouble-free service from a nearly $200 fork.

Would I buy it again?

Not unless I found a really smoking hot deal. Given the chance to do it over again, I'd spend my money on a used 2004-2006 Marzocchi AM1, or possibly a Recon- I hear that they are a bit better on the internals department.

Similar Products Used:

None for any long period of time. I've worked on Darts and Judy forks though, and this is definitely better designed than they are.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 09, 2008]
Dave
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Performed flawlessly for first six months.

Weakness:

Hasn't stopped Leaking oil from rebound adjustment since

If you had to ask me whether I would reccomend it, I would have to say no.

Sooner or later it will start leaking oil from around the Rebound knob. Once it does, you lose rebound and may as well be running a toy store fork. I took it to the LBS, they fixed it, and now less than 10kms later it is leaking again. I don't ride hard so have to put this down to a design flaw.

Similar Products Used:

none, previous fork on old bike was a RST capa

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 06, 2008]
justinwug
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

price,good for big roots and small drops, bad for any thing else

Weakness:

weight, lock out broke first week.

get a air fork...dont buy a 302 spring

Similar Products Used:

reba, marzhui r1

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 13, 2007]
Griffin
Downhiller

Strength:

Good for a few weeks

Weakness:

breaks easily

i jumped a 6" curb and the spring came out with such force it stripped the threads and hit me in the collar bone.

Similar Products Used:

sr suntor crap

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Sep 04, 2007]
Andrew Palliser

Strength:

Sucks up eveything,not too heavy and the rebound,compression and pressure really do make a difference (unlike my old dart 1's).

Weakness:

The poploc broke but that was my fault

This is a really nice pair of shocks as far as im concerned.It takes everything you throw at it as long as its all set up alright. And for the price I paid for it it was definately worth it.

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox Dart 1's, some rigid carbon forks and some lovely forks on my old (and very dead) apollo excel

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 17, 2007]
Randy
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Cheap

Weakness:

Cheap. Worked on this fork as a mechanic. Sold to customer, fork failed on first ride. Took apart fork to find that rebound assemble had moved down on the rebound shaft and was covering the rebound slot. On older forks this assemble was held buy a C-clip. On this fork the shaft was knurled and the parts are just pressed on. I repressed the parts on the shaft, fork worked again untill the first hard compession moved the rebound assemble back down the shaft. Put in a call to Rock Shox/sram and was given the same reponse as every time you call them, which was that they had never seen the problem before. Returned the fork, the rebound assemble and shaft was replaced, but they were unable to tell me why it had failed and/or why it wouldn't fail agian.

Rock Shox/Sram sells a well marketed, cheap products and has one of the worst service/warranty departments in the industry, which seems to get worse by the day. If you want a product that will hold up and you can trust, dont buy sram.

Similar Products Used:

Worked on all brands of forks as a professional mechanic for the last 18 years.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Mar 31, 2007]
Ben
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Looks good, works extremely well, the U-turn travel settings is a great idea, great for an upgrade

A good fork for an upgrade, Quite cheap and affordable, I upgraded from some crappy RST's so i can really feel the differance when im out hitting the trails

Similar Products Used:

Marzocchi mz or sumthing

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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