RockShox SID XC '01 Front Shock

RockShox SID XC '01 Front Shock 

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USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 02, 2003]
Cory Molzahn
Cross Country Rider

Good fork. . . and now response to Manuel's bad publicity of Gregg's about three reviews down. He must either have the kind of personality that warrants a "snobby attitude" in return, or he caught them on a bad day, because every time I've been in they've been more than gracious, even going so far as to give me free service when I wasn't even buying anything. You'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar, Manuel. Turn that frown upside down.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 04, 2002]
Donovan
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

light
shock performance

Weakness:

service insturctions
adjustment knob

I was suspicious of the SID at first- had heard bad things about the old blue model, and couldn't believe it that there wasn't any special mods necessary for a 200+ rider, since the Marzocchi and Girvin both got beefier springs. Just put in more air they said. I've been happy with the ride quality. Even the few times that it has bottomed out, the rebound keeps the front wheel from planting, which has happened to me on previous shocks. The air pressure remains constant, I've never seen it leak, unlike the Fox on the back.

Three issues- the little adjustment knob doesn't have much of a tuning range; a quarter turn is all. I'd like to have a bit more adjustment for dampening. Also the knob fell out and a little oil dripped on my sunroof. I called rockshox and they sent me a new knob at no charge. The tech support person I spoke to was very helpful.

Second issue- when rebuilding, the manual doesn't mention the trick listed on their website to inflate the legs to 30 psi before adding shock oil, causing me to spray oil all over myself (and the poor car again) No raise for the technical writers this year ok?

Third issue- when rebuilding, the little retainer ring is very difficult to work with, I was sure I'd be wearing an eyepatch after trying to reinstall it. Rock Shox are you listening? Should you want to hire any degreed mechanical engineers please let me know, a snap ring would work much better there.

I guess attaching my resume would be pushing it.

Similar Products Used:

Girvin Vector, Judy XC, Atom Bomb Z2

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 01, 2002]
Si
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light, adjustability
They look really pretty (If you like that sort of thing)

Weakness:

flimsy, anyone over 13 stone wouldn't advise.
Paint chips easily around the corners

If something goes wrong with a Rockshox and it will if your any sort of rider, you're buggered. Try to get new parts for it and the company dosen't want to know. Or they quote you a price that is just rediculous. If you were to buy all the component parts to build a complete fork I wouldn't be suprised if you exceeded the price for a complete fork by more than 100%. Try and contact them, well how do you do that. No E-mail address on their website, a few incorrect phone numbers and addresses and yet they can update their website for the "2002" products.
Bottom line is they are only interested in sales.
I initially thought that products of RockShox were good.
I have now change my opinion.
I have now switched to marzocchi.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 15, 2002]
Steve Young
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light
set-up relatively straightforward
Can be dialed in just right for lighter riders

Weakness:

Stiction
Difficulty of getting accurate pressure

I got the XC's about 8 months ago with my new bike. I had the bike shop set up the forks for me first off and the air pressure they got was good for the first few months - I adjusted the rebound damping a bit but was generally pretty happy with the set-up.

A couple of months back I moved to California (from the UK) and let the air out of my shocks when I took the bike on the plane. This has caused me loads of problems since as I found it very difficult to get the shocks correctly pressurised again (when I went to remove the rockshox pump a load of air got out and messed everything up). I eventually got something I am happy with (but was not as good as the original set-up). However the local bike shop said there is a thing (about 10 bucks worth) which can be put on the valve to stop the problem so I have ordered one of those in the hope that it will solve the problem.

My other main issue with the forks has been that, despite careful and regular maintenance, there is a residual stiction that is a slight annoyance - it is worst at the beginning of rides on cold days but I don't think it should happen. I used to lubricate the stanchions with GT45 silicone spray but swapped to redrum just in case it was anoperator induced problem (wrong lubricant). The redrum has eased the problem slightly but it's still there.

The guy in the bike shop said that other people also experienced the problem and the latest generation of SID's ran nitrided titanium stanchions to overcome the problem - I don't know how successful this is but I'm not in too much of a rush to spend 6ooUSD to find out - if I was replacing the forks I may go for an alternative manufacturer !

Having said all that the XC's are pretty good most of the time. I think they're probably worth 2-3 chillies on both counts, although had you asked me when I first bought them I would have rated higher.

On the plus side, they have been very reliable (I was laid off a few months ago and got two months off work before coming to CA. In that time I rode probably 4-6 hours most days (redundancy is not all bad!) and despite that I have had not problems with the Rockshox. About 70% of the riding would have been on single track I guess although I'm lightish (150lbs) and a relatively gentle rider (the pleasure for me is all in choosing the line rather than going for airtime).

Bottom line: Not bad but wouldn't buy another set

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 14, 2001]
Jason
Racer

Strength:

Holds up well, never had no problems with it. Feels good, somewhat light weight.

Weakness:

Air cap (black piece on top of shock) came unglued. No biggie! Nothing a little superglue can't fix!

This is a really good shock for the price, I don't think you could go wrong buying it!

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox Judy T2

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 30, 2001]
tj Sleboda
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Feels good - seems stiff enough

Weakness:

Dampening seems difficult to dial in. Quarter turn is the extents of the travel and may not have enough "resolution"

The fork seems to do a great job on the trail. After about 50 hours of riding however, the right seal popped out of the lower leg. Called RS (great phone service) and they told me that the oring in the inner leg probably blew. The tipoff is if you are leaking more in one leg versus the other. Whats happening is that air leaks around the oring and builds pressure below the seals. I always take care of this fork after every ride so it was not neglect. RS support suggested that I buy a 25 cent oring from a local hardware store. I took the fork apart, noticed that the oring had a depression in it - almost looked like a defect in the ring - not an abrasion or cut! I replaced it with a hardware special, reassembled and back in business. Little disappointed that the shock had to be rebuilt but I guess thats part of the 50 hour service anyway. Bought some REDRUM but looks suspiciously like automatic transmission fluid - does anyone know what it is? Email me if you do, always looking for cheap alternatives.... FYI my manitou mars fork ran strong and never serviced it. I hope the SID holds up as well over the next couple of years.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou mars

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 18, 2001]
Henry
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light Weight
Stiff
Infinite Adjustability

Weakness:

Pumping them up: I had to over pump because of the fact that air was getting released when I unscrewed the pump from the shock

Great so far. I'm impressed with the adjustability of the fork, I have to over pump it in order to achieve the proper air pressure, probably the pump. I'll update in a few months!

Similar Products Used:

98 Z4 Alloy Air, 2000 Manitou SX, 2001 Psylo SL (demoed)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 19, 2001]
Steven Moss
Racer

Strength:

Light weight and smooth at first

Weakness:

Poor quality, difficult to maintain, not enough bushing for everyday use.

After 6 months of riding and routine care the shock developed a fore and aft movement complimented by a knocking sound. The busing were shot and it is now on its way back to rock shox. If you ride alot get something else. It may be o.k. on a race bike on a race course but don't expect it to last if you use it daily.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Mars 01

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 29, 2002]
Dave Barratt
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Excellent ride and easy to setup

Weakness:

reliablity

Fork came as standard on Bike, so price is not real. Forks nice to ride but unreliable, I'm 160 pounds and 56 years, so not a mad rider. Dismantled in order to service, found broken parts. My dealer tried to get replacements, no joy. Emailed Rock Shox, their response is no email only accept 1-800 number calls. not possible from UK. Suppose I now bin the forks and try something else, won't be from rock shox though, their service is non existent, spoils a good set of forks.

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 07, 2001]
KOna duDe
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Light and pluuuussshhhh!

Weakness:

None yet

No problem with this fork yet.

Love the plushness and weight (lack of it) of the fork.

This is better value than the Duke Race of which it replaced. Duke is slightly heavier and more expensive than the 2001 SID XC.

Black colour goes with any frame too!

Similar Products Used:

Judy

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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