Fox Shox Vanilla R Rear Shock

adjustable rebound damping

User Reviews (32)

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norcorider95   Downhiller [May 29, 2011]
Strength:

plush, easy to set up, the fact it has no piggy back means thats there's only spring and rebound to adjust.
looks quite cool. has fox's reliability and just is a fox.
for a budget shock it takes abuse like a beast.
doesn't bottom easily.

Weakness:

seems to make a noise on impact (but at least you know its working)
i dont know about weight because if you bought a shock to save weight you wouldnt read a review about a coil shock really.

i've done full on downhill race tracks on it and havent bottomed it out on them, only once on a 4 foot jump but i landed ridiculously hard to flat so that was my own fault.
seems to be plush, i dont know how much it costs so ignore my value rating.
i want to upgrade but thats just cause i want a piggy back shock. perfect for all mountain i'd say. downhill was testing it a bit, but it happily took it.

Similar Products Used: Van R, marzocchi rocco.
(cant really say fox dhx.5 cause theyre too different)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
david   Cross Country Rider [Jan 10, 2010]
Strength:

Plush, absorbs small bumps as well as the bigger hits. You don't notice it until you need it, in other words its not like riding a pogo stick like other lower quality shocks

Weakness:

none so far

great shock. I would recommend.

Similar Products Used: ks and some other POS
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jason   Weekend Warrior [Jun 06, 2003]
Strength:

Smooth, rebound works, can't say the same for other suspension companies.

Weakness:

None so far.

It's a great shock, I can recommend buying this shock to anyone. If you are aggressive trail rider this shock is for you. Reading the other reviews it sounds to me that these guys do not have the right spring weight.
Call FOX tech support, they will set you up with the right spring weight for you.

Similar Products Used: Stratos TR-1, FOX Vanilla
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Josh   Cross Country Rider [Sep 02, 2003]
Strength:

Super plush, will easily take drops, once it is dialed in you can forget about it

Weakness:

No lockout, but it really doesn't matter to me...also will of course bob more than say 5th Element

performs very very well. It isn't as bob-free as 5th element, but also is jumpable unlike a 5th Element. If you want a reliable shock that is good in any conditions, get the Vanilla R.

Similar Products Used: Cane Creek AD-5
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Robo   Weekend Warrior [May 18, 2003]
Strength:

Good sensitivity

Weakness:

Bottoms out on 3+ft drops

Shock bottoms hardly an every drop over 3ft, tried to increase preload to recomended sag and more, still the same. Looks like there's low pressure over floating piston. I'm going to go to my bike shop for some tuning tomorrow, so I'll see what will happen then. Maybe harder oil can help.

Similar Products Used: DNM ST-8RC
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
John Vajk   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2003]
Strength:

Good for cross country riding.

Weakness:

Shock started to blow out in Guam Ch 10 around 500 miles. May want to consider an aftermarket coil.

Rode moderate trails in San Diego, Intermediate trails in Oahu, Intermediate trails in Guam, and intermediate/advanced in Japan. The shock started to seep oil climbing out of Ch 10 and completely blew in Japan. If you MUST HAVE this shock, spring the couple $ for a new spring and don't try to lock it out on the road. I am going to get the 8" upgrade with RC and a bigger spring.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
luke hlavenka   Downhiller [Aug 13, 2007]
Strength:

cant think of any

Weakness:

very easy to bottom out i dont know why but if i do like a 4 foot drop it bottoms out everytime

maybe the shock just cant take anymore cus its 4 years old but i think if you ride downhill or freeride you should think of getting a better shock

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
luke hlavenka   Downhiller [Aug 13, 2007]
Strength:

cant think of any

Weakness:

very easy to bottom out i dont know why but if i do like a 4 foot drop it bottoms out everytime

maybe the shock just cant take anymore cus its 4 years old but i think if you ride downhill or freeride you should think of getting a better shock

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
nathan   Downhiller [Feb 26, 2006]
Strength:

fox name
works great when u have it set properly

Weakness:

blew it twice

this is a great shock, yes i blew it twice but it was my fault, i had the spring cranked up way to high. all the dumb kids think its the shock but its them. if its 2 sofft afrer 4-6 turns of the spring you need a heavier spring. dont blme it on the shock when its you, spend the 40 bucks and even get a used spriing its that easy

all in all this shock is awsome and would reccomend it to anyone, aslong as thier willing to set it up rite

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
dennisd   [May 03, 2003]
Strength:

Reliable
Coil over performance
Reasonable price

Weakness:

Heavy
Lack of tuneability
Old technology (compared to stable platform valve)
Limited small bump performance

The shock is an oem unit that has worked very well for me during the last eighteen months that I've used it. But its limitations are there. It's heavy, it lacks any tuneability other than preload and rebound. The technology is outdated: no stable platform valving.

There are better units out there nowadays. Get a fifth element air for your trail bike.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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