Halson Shock Front Shock

Halson Inversion

User Reviews (33)

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Tom Manseau   Cross Country Rider [Mar 12, 2002]
Strength:

Simplicity. Light weight. Ease of service.

Weakness:

Company is out of business

I wrote a review in '97 and stick by it today. The unit has performed flawlessly. The design works perfectly. Judys all suffered from a fatal flaw: lateral flex. The other new forks I've tried have been unimpressive, e.g.: S.I.D., Manitous, or Marzocchis. They're either too flexy, too limited in speed range, too heavy, or WAY too expensive. $700?! For a fork?
I applaud the people who admitted that eventually ALL things will fail under enough abuse. Always check your bike for cracks or loose parts. You just might save yourself a whole lot of aches and pains.

Similar Products Used: Rock Shock Mag-20, Marzocchi B2 Bomber, Lawill Leader(by Control Tech - JUNK)
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5
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5
John Blenio   weekend warrior [Mar 28, 1996]



From my experience this is an excellent fork. Very stiff and the inverted design provides for a more responsive ride. They are much better than my old Mag 20's and much nicer than the Judy's I have ridden. Aesthetically, this is an awesome choice too. I'm a proponent.

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4
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Tim Simmons   cross-country rider [Mar 28, 1996]



I am surprised I don't see more of these on the trail, they compare very well to Judy's, at a significant discount. They are soft enough on the initial part of the travel to soak up the small bumps, and can handle the big hits very well too. And as a bonus they look really cool and are available in several colors.

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4
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jo jo   Downhiller [Jun 10, 2001]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

all

it is bad

Similar Products Used: rst 182
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1
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1
Eric   Cross Country Rider [May 02, 2001]
Strength:

I bought this fork something like 4.5 years ago, and havent had a day of trouble with it. It really is very good for the $$, don't get me wrong, there are way better forks out there, but with the lack of maintenance involved with this fork, it's been great!

Weakness:

Not a plush fork by anymeans, nor any rebound adjustments, kind of like a pogo stick at times.

All you gotta do to this baby is put some teflon based lube on her elastomers every now and then, to keep them from drying out and cracking. That's all! You can't buy these anymore, and that shows how far the suspension tech. has progressed in 5 years, but if you bought one 5 years ago and haven't touched it since, it probobly works just fine, like mine.

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Judy LT
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4
VALUE
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4
tommy   Racer [Jan 06, 2001]
Strength:

very lightweight and tracks nearly perfect lines on fast descents. No crappy oil seals, no oil at all!! a big plus in wet conditions. Inexpensive and easy to maintain. A good fork for medium weight and not very aggressive riders.

Weakness:

What the h*** is up with the glue-together constuction?! I haven't seen a poorer desing before, ever! This fork works great until you attempt to land a two-foot drop and the fork leg comes UNGLUED from the top brace. Seriously, there are threads on the legs and everything, but they're just glued yo the top brace! The upper leg simply slid down the lower leg and thewhole thing snapped off. Like it was slow motion--I didn't actually go down until ten feet after the landing. What the h***! Also, not a lot of travel.

Works great until it completely falls apart. I was a fan until yesterday. A great design, but no wonder the company went out of business. Oh, and good luck finding any parts for them.
Also note though, I am not a small rider and I do ride HARD. At 190 ibs is there anything that won't break? Well, haven't had any problems with my Super 8 yet.
I would recommend a sid, straight out, or a marzocchi.

Similar Products Used: Bomber z3 and z1, Rock Shox SL and 100.
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2
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4
tim   Weekend Warrior [Apr 01, 2000]
Strength:

super rigid,
short travel good for slow technical/ trials stuff
quick, springy rebound
simple, low maintenance design

Weakness:

short travel not good for really high speeds
hard to get spare parts
offset crown on first-generation forks slows steering
stiffens up in the cold
no fancy adjuster knobs

i used the old, black halson on my khs for over three years. my fork had some trouble just as halson was going out of business, but i found the owner ofthe company's e-mail address and he got me up and running on no time. the old fork is great for trials, the short travel and simple design are good for bouncing. the fork also lacks preolad adjusters, but that's fine because the elastomers pop out in no time flat. the brake brace and crown are both cast (which i see as a definite weakness), but at least the crown isn't gutted from the bottom, (like a rs, manitou, or marzocchi) which creates a huge weak spot. the only real problem i had was that the offset of the fork was in the crown, which slowed steering a bit.
i use the newer (but still old- 1996) fork on my litespeed. it doesn't have external adjustment, but again, disassembly could hardly be simpler. all the different pieces on the fork are cnc machined. the stanchions are 34.9mm in diameter, bigger than a marzocchi or white bros. the machining is amazing- 3D internal and external butts (wall thickness tapered not just along the length of the tube) as well as some impressive rounded edges. smooth, incredible workmanship. the fork brace is a .75in diam alum tube mandrel bent into an arch. it is the stiffest fork brace i have ever used. a booster really isn't necessary. the air damping on the fork is super simple, speed sensitive, and has no moving parts (there is a stationary valve inside the fork that slows the movement of air when the fork compresses- no seals). i think it works really well. the only fault i have with this fork is that it has an aluminum steerer. but the inner diameter is so great that you have to use a 1inch star-fangled nut- a 1 1/8 won't fit. burly. an innivative design that got pushed aside in favor of more easily mass-produced designs.
i will miss this fork when it finally dies.

Similar Products Used: mag21, judy sl, manitous, etc
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Jason   cross-country rider [Aug 11, 1997]

Smooth fork with excellent handling. Way better than Rokshits or manitous. No complaints besides a complete lack of customer service. I need a new steertube and think that I might be pretty much #$@. Anyone out there have access to a 1 1/4 threaded tube for a Halson? The threads on mine are shot.

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4
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Kris Bagdasarian   weekend warrior [May 22, 1997]

This is truly a remarkable fork. It is much smoother that ANY other elastomer fork. Also, it takes the big hits as well as most air/oil shocks, but doesn't require the maintainance thereof. I've had it 3 years and still have all the original boots. Easy to adjust, tune, and maintain. It's also very strong at the crown, which makes it almost as stiff as a rigid fork!

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5
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J Boeker   cross-country rider [Apr 09, 1997]

Very plush, durable and low maintenance fork that still competes (1994 model) with new technology and looks great.The best facet must be their versatility over trail shock and big bumps and ease of adjustment.Unfortunately they don't get the 5 star rating as the boots have deterorated faster than expected and the spare parts service here is not well developed since they were introduced with a bang.

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4
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