Fox Shox Vanilla r Older Rear Shocks

Vanilla r

fox vanilla r

User Reviews (47)

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norcorider95   Downhiller [May 17, 2011]
Strength:

its good, nice and plush, rebound and spring adjustments actually have an affect.
looks decent.
light as well which you wouldnt expect.
i think its fairly cheap but it came stock.
it has pro pedal to make it easier to pedal too.

Weakness:

its not a piggy back shock :(
and it makes a kind of knocking sound when it compresses but it could be my derallieur or something

seems a decent shock but i want to upgrade, not because of the shock but its not a piggy back and looks a bit gay when you have a pair of triples with out a piggyback shock imo.
it does look quite thin but seems strong.
seems good for freeride but not downhill racing, will be good for all mountain too i guess.

Similar Products Used: fox dhx, fox rc4 fox van.
rockshox vivid
manitou metel and 4way swinger
and marzocchi roco
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
JamisonW   Downhiller [Jul 01, 2010]
Strength:

Reliability, Plushness

Weakness:

None that I have found

Excellent shock. Saved my a$$ many times. Its pretty cheap new, so get it if you have the chance.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
GrampBredo   Weekend Warrior [Feb 23, 2010]
Strength:

Simple, reliable, cheap.

Weakness:

Not much adjustability, not user serviceable, the "Propedal" on this shock is a joke.

It works, not spectacularly, but it works. It's not perfect, it's a bit bouncy and I wish it had compression adjustment. It makes the bike roll smoother, so it works. Soon or later I'll be getting it PUSH'd, I'll see how it works after a bit of TLC. I mostly used it for DH and FR, with a little bit of XC thrown in.

Similar Products Used: Cane Creek AD-12, Cloud Nine, Marzocchi Rocco Air.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
aSnowman15   Downhiller [Jul 09, 2008]
Strength:

Good stock shock. Descent for cutting costs and having a better rear suspension set up.

Weakness:

Tends to be weaker on the seal, rebound, as well as durability.
very little adjustment capabilities, keep an eye on your tension.

If you are a hard rider, just swap it out, your gonna end up tearing the hell out of this thing if ur doing drops bigger than 10 feet.

Since it doesnt have the piggy back it cant really take care of itself, get the one with the piggy back.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
David Lavigne-Masse   Downhiller [Jun 08, 2003]
Strength:

Looks cool but thats about it!!

Weakness:

Hmm lets see.... The whole motherf*cking thing. look for anybody looking for a shock who does downhill biking forget the Vanilla R cause it sucks! I road it for about 2 weeks befors landing a 20 foot jump and it blowing up and d*mnit it f*cked up my rear disc brake cause of the b*tching oil and scrwed my geers!

DOnt by this shock if your a dwonhiller. But for the price its a good shock

Similar Products Used: 5th element ( what i have now and it rocks)
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
Ralph   Downhiller [Jun 03, 2003]
Strength:

when sprung right, does the job well.

Weakness:

No place to recharge the Nitrogen locally at any LBS. HAd to be sent out to Fox.

Great shock!!! Plush as long as it's sprung right. I was a bit miffed when the Nitrogen leaked out and couldn't have it charged locally. Takes a big hit well, and the adjustment once dialed is is superb. Wish it was more servicable locally. Key with this shock is proper spring setup. If you have the right spring, awesome shock!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Jeff   Weekend Warrior [Feb 20, 2002]
Strength:

plush (well.. at least for the first ride when it was new).. nothing else

Weakness:

bottoms out
fu(king annoying hissing and sucking noise

fox really should do something about this product.. everyone is complaining about the hissing and the sucking noise of this shock.. i wouldn't recommend this shock to those who are *real* downhill riders..
this shock just annoys me when it has the sound...
whenever the shock rebounds the sucking noise appears.. i wonder if there is any oil in that thing since there is room for air.. fu(k this product

i am sending this back to warranty if my LBS can't solve the damn noise

Similar Products Used: Fox Vanilla RC
Fox Vanilla
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Hui Chuen Chuang   Downhiller [May 26, 2007]
Strength:

Fairly good shock. ProPedal works to reduce pedal bob.

Weakness:

No piggyback resevoir.

Very lasting shock.

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox BAR, Progressive 5th element.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Eric   Cross Country Rider [Jan 16, 2002]
Strength:

Smooth, maintenance free.

Weakness:

Do I have it set up right?
Lockout would be nice.

My Heckler now feels very balanced with 100mm up front. It has been problem free for me after 4 years of hard riding. I did replace the bushings about 2 years ago. That's the only maintenance that I have done. Still works perfect.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mark   Downhiller [Sep 29, 2001]
Strength:

Works when new or revalved

Weakness:

doesn't work so wel when its not new or revalved

These are pretty good when they are all clean and new but unless you give them very regular maintenance they become very erratic - sometimes they rebound slow and sometimes they rebound fast. As an aftermarket upgrade I would skip it and get an RC, which are much more consistent.

Similar Products Used: yeah
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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