RST Alfalfa XL 00 Front Shock

Alfalfa XL 00

  • Coil/MCU spring
  • 6" (152 mm) travel
  • Externally adjustable preload
  • Hydraulic open-bath with adjustable rebound damping
  • CNC double crown with intergrated adjustable stem
  • 7075 aluminum stanchions, 36 mm diameter
  • One piece cast magnesium slider
  • 20 mm axle clamp
  • Universal disc brake mount
  • Quick release hub adapter

  • User Reviews (17)

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    blah blah   Weekend Warrior [Feb 04, 2002]
    Strength:

    IVE GOT THE SINGLE CROWN RST ALFA2 AND IT SUCKS!!!
    WHAT STRENGTH?, looks maybe but functionality wise it sucks. THE PRICE IS UNREASONABLY HIGH FOR AN ELASTOFREAK. THIS FORK SUCKS BIG TIME!! DO NOT BUY!! UNLESS IT IS 1/10 OF THE MSRP!! YEAH LOOKS MASSIVE BUT SUCKS MASSIVE TOO!!

    Weakness:

    PRICE, MCU - at this price range the freakin looser rst uses mcu!!! HEY RST YOU SHOULD BE ASHAME!! GO TO HELL RST!!

    bottom line - DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT!! IF YOU ARE EXPECTING AN OPEN-BATH TECHNOLOGY ON THIS SHAMEFUL PRODUCT YOUR WRONG!! YEAH IT DOES LOOK MASSIVE AND STRONG BUT DON'T BE FOOLED!! IT COST MORE THAN MARZOCCHI Z1 SO GET YOUR SELF A MARZOCCHI AND STILL HAVE A CHANGE

    Similar Products Used: i hate to say this but RST hi end products sucks big time!!
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    Seth Linkovich   Downhiller [Nov 05, 2001]
    Strength:

    They look big and tough

    Weakness:

    They friggin suck. They freeze up when it gets cold. They stick way too much unless you clean them every day. Not responsive at all. Pathetic in dry, dusty conditions or in the rain and mud.

    About a month after I bought these forks I tried to sell them. About six months later someone was dumb enough to buy them. When I went into a bike shop with these forks they laughed at me. These forks are the worst forks I have ever used. I had nothing but problems with them. They were serviced about four times and they still sucked. They felt okay after the fourth srvice for about 4 rides then they starting sticking again. In the cold they freeze up and just stay compressed. I would not recomend anybody buys these forks, unless you're some pretty boy who wants to look nice while you ride around on the streets

    Similar Products Used: Manitou Xvert TI
    Marzocchi Super T
    Boxxer
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    Tough Guy   Downhiller [Sep 17, 2001]
    Strength:

    Look Good?

    Weakness:

    After only havving for less than a month, i the bottom horseshoe from the side of the fork! I only weigh 85 Kgs!Way too much cleaning for my liking.

    Don't Buy them!!! Spend the extra and go get something like Boxer's Worst purchase made by me so far in mountain biking.

    Similar Products Used: Mr T Jr.
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    Alexey T   Downhiller [Nov 30, 2001]
    Strength:

    + good looking
    + no flex
    + great stem
    + q/r adapter
    + superb damping control

    Weakness:

    - 12mm allen key
    - yes, they freeze
    - clean it often and that is it

    I find this fork is superb for mild downhill and freeride too.
    Some people here says that it’s rebound is too slow – then try going to the lighter oil, and different springs.
    I tryed Jr MrT not even close to the AlfalfaXL , they are to hard for me ( 70kg) and work in the workman sort of way, not plush at all.
    I,ve ridden this fork for 1 year and didn’t really had any problems with it.
    I definitely would advise this RST product to my friend who’s on the budget, And who will not sell his soul for a DH fork.
    Now I have a new version of Alfalfa with the changes in damping . Didn’t try it yet .
    The only thing I would change on that fork is – add the cover against mud .

    Similar Products Used: 98/99 boxxer- no , Jr T- really bad , RockS XL – real crap
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    4
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    4
    matt   Downhiller [Mar 18, 2002]
    Strength:

    good look,

    Weakness:

    slow rebound

    it's a great fork for summer and winter use. the alfalfa xl work well in downhill,freeride and dropping.

    Similar Products Used: judy xl (this fork sucks),z3 5" QR20(i've broke it in 2)
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    5
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    5
    Rabideel   Downhiller [Sep 28, 2000]
    Strength:

    hmmmm, lets seeee, it moves

    Weakness:

    WAY TO MUCH STICTION, the money i spent on this fork should've meant that my fork would work well, this is a super NOT plush, seriously. My dealer let me trade it in for a 99 Mr. T, that is a real fork

    This fork shouldnt be bought by anyone who wants their fork to preform like it should. This fork was VASTLY overpriced for the pile of $H1T that it is. Serioiusly, do not buy this fork. Only buy it if you have a lot of money, and have a RST fetish.

    Similar Products Used: Mr. T, Z3 longtravel, Manitou Exvert DH
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    2
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    1
    Pee Wee Herman   Racer [Aug 24, 2000]
    Strength:

    A great looking fork, not too heavy, and you get a cool stem!

    Weakness:

    Other than looks, this fork is useless, ive had nothing but trouble with them, theyre anything but plush and they have the most stiction i have ever seen. Who carries a 12mm allen key around with them?

    I would relly advise against these forks for a serious racer, but maybe if your a little short on the dough....

    Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Mr t's
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    Urban Dynamo   Downhiller [Jul 26, 2000]
    Strength:

    +Decent Price
    +Nice design
    +Great travel
    +Stiff lower sliders
    +Integrated on-board stem

    Weakness:

    -Slow damping
    -Either needs boots or better seals.

    This is another of RST's great products, the Alfalfa XL. Since the Alfalfa XL is not top of the line, it is not going to be the best, but it's still a greak fork. I loved the stiffness of the lower sliders, probably because of that funky brake arck design. The on-board stem was good, too, it handled pretty well during the really extreme stuff. Though by todays DH fork standards 6 inches of travel may not seem alot, but it was enough to keep me on my bike. This fork has a pretty nice price, $1000. This fork, however, has slow damping, even when set on fast damping it's slow, and the seals aren't the best either, I hope RST would work on that on next years model, Frankly I think that RST should throw away the Sigma and just make a suped-up Alfalfa XL.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    :) Ideal buyer- Extreme Downhiller on a tight budget.

    :( Non Ideal buyer- Anyone who demands 7-8 inch travel and want fast damping.

    Similar Products Used: '99 Rock Shox BoXXer
    '98 Marzocchi Super T
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    5
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    4
    A Marsian   [Apr 20, 2000]
    Weakness:

    No oversized boot available. Cleaning em after every ride is a minus.

    Youll never go wrong with this fork. I will never trade this with Mr.Ts. Youll get a free stemm, QR/Thru axle convertible are excellent. Good thing that there are only three of this are in my planet. I'll have a lesser chance of racing with those 2 guys who has it, whew...If you find one like this, get em. You'll save more money compared to other DH forks that doesnt work. Congrats to RST!!This is an excellent job.

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    5
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    5
    Mat Gray   Downhiller [Apr 04, 2000]
    Strength:

    good big downhill fork that has a good six in and 20mm axile

    Weakness:

    hard to get 12mm alen key to fit axile

    Real good fork for down hill use only, i havent bottem out yet but i only weigh 70 kilo's. I recomend them to any one that want's to race DH, there defanlty not Freeride forks.

    Similar Products Used: Mr.T and Jr. and Boxxer
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    5
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    5
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