RockShox Ario 2.2 Rear Shock

RockShox Ario 2.2 Rear Shock 

DESCRIPTION

  • Damping: Hydrulic
  • Spring: Air positive
  • Body Material: Forged 6061 aluminum

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 29, 2009]
klembasek
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Easy to maintain, great lockout capability and easy to switch while riding. Lockout provides strong hardtail like performance.

Weakness:

Seems like it looses air over the course of a few rides,but not enough to destroy performance.

this shock has performed wonderfully for the last 2 years without any hassle. It has lost air here and there over the course of 6-8 months of use at a time but can easily be refilled with a shock pump. Feels nice and plush when you need it too.

Similar Products Used:

NONE

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 05, 2009]
kraz?rider
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

lockout very effective, instantly turning into a hardtail!
Cheaper than most rear shocks around these days!
Good for beginners!

Weakness:

unknown reason for bottoming out... (Happened ONCE, never happened again... Suspected leaking schraeder valve)
Wouldnt say it was a weakness, just an unusual occurance

Get this if you want a shock that is affordable and functions MOST of the time, haha
Not the BEST on the market... But it will suffice!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 12, 2008]
Cogged
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Lockout feature. Easy to service.

Weakness:

Harsh ride. Negative air spring can't be adjusted.

Very disappointing shock.
Even with only 60 psi in the air chamber, the shock would perform inconsistently, and never have a comfortable ride.
It would take some bumps smoothly, and others would kick you out of the saddle like a bucking bronco.
Either the shock would bottom out easily when getting close to a semi-plush ride, or adding more air would make the shock ride like a semi-hardtail.
The Ario does not have the motion control feature, and running it at low psi to try to get a decent ride resulted in a really soggy, inconsistent, power sapping rear suspension.
The only positive side of this shock was the lockout lever.
The MC 3.3 which shares the same can and shock shaft performs like butter in comparison.
Rockshox must have changed the valving in the MC 3.3, or I happened to get an Ario with too much air in the negative chamber, which is nonadjustable.
Rockshox also has a bad habit of not lubing their forks and shocks internally, counting on the shock fluid to do all the lubrication.
This works fine for about a month, and then stiction sets in, as shock oil alone makes o-rings and rubber parts stick to the metal surfaces, causing the suspension to get extremely harsh.
With all Rockshox products, I would highly recommend to disassemble it before using it, and coat all rubber parts and o-rings, and the shafts with Buzzy's Slick Honey.
This made a tremendous difference in reducing stiction.
It almost feels like the shock shaft is riding on ball bearings!

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Swinger 3-Way SPV, Rockshox MC 3.3, Fox Vanilla.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 14, 2008]
kenlay
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Strong lock out feels just like Hardtail. pretty light. excellent rebound. Easy to pump up. inexpensive. Responsive.

Weakness:

None so far

Excellent value. I have not experienced a better feeling shock. Everything about it is great especially the lock out. If you’re an XC rider this shock is for you. With a low price tag how could you buy anything else?

Similar Products Used:

Fox Float R

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 19, 2006]
Ralf Woodlund
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Easy to find lock out switch, pretty easy to maintain.

Weakness:

Difficult to set at your correct sag, feels like you have a puncture.

Not a bad shock if this is your first buy, beacause I am a hard tail sadist, I tend to have it locked most of the time and feel there is too much bob when locked. Very difficult to set.

Similar Products Used:

None X Hardtail

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 03, 2006]
Stevo

Strength:

Holds air very well, tough, lockout works well, doesn't bottom out easily

Weakness:

Slightly harsh on small bumps, lockout switch catches on scrub sometimes and switches itself on (this really sucks if it happens at the top of a downhill and you haven't noticed).

Seems like a good shock for the money, particularly if you are fairly XC oriented. I tend to do more trail/light freeride stuff so I have the sag set at 10% to avoid bottoming out on bigger drops. After 12 months I am about to give it its first service as it is starting to get a bit stiff probably due to dry seals; considering I mostly ride in dry, sandy conditions I think this is a pretty low-maintenance shock. Perhaps not the plushest for epics, but a good, reliable and generally hassle free shock. Recommended if you can get one reasonably cheap.

Similar Products Used:

Swinger 3-way (tested), Scott genius-thingy

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 23, 2007]
Byron
Racer

Strength:

Did adjust out well after break-in. Lock out works well even though I really didn't need it. Rebound adjustment range is good.

Weakness:

Long break-in period. Lost air after a month or two.

Liked it till it died a premature death. After only about one and a half months it started to lose air. Slowly at first, now in minutes, it's gone. Haven't contacted RS yet. I never needed to put more than 120PSI in it, you'd think it would have lasted along time since it will take 250PSI max. Guess not.

Similar Products Used:

none first FS bike for me.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 22, 2007]
Byron
Racer

I had to come back and add a note to my review. The leak problem turned out to be a leaking shrader valve where you fill the shock. It seems many leaked in this manner. A little red loctite on the thread, no more leak.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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