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seems like fox is winning the suspension wars. is there anyone that thinks rock shox is making a superior product?
 

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My fox triad and my buddies both failed pretty quickly... So, thumbs down for Fox for putting both him and I out of pocket that money. I am going to rockshox monarch next so is he. Why chase your losses?
 

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Truvativ is spelled without a "e" and they don't make forks...they're just another company owned by SRAM whom also owns Rock Shox.

BTW-Rock Shox's service is way better than Fox, but so is most other companies
Yup, surprise surprise Fox never answered any of my emails until the warranty was up, then they were all ears... :skep:

My bicycle isn't an mystery box appliance, so, I also like full service manuals and parts. I can't buy Fox parts online across borders due to their aggressive market policy... another hassle which made me change my mind.
 

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I'm still a Marzocchi fanboy, don't see that fox stuff is more than twice the product with usually twice or more the $.
 

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I havent tried anything but a fox rear shock in years, but for forks I would go with rockshox almost every time. Being able to work on my stuff goes a long way with me.
 

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I got no beef w/ SRAM front shocks Reba SL 29 and Reba Team 20mm TA have both been aces (see no reason to go with something other than RP-23 on my dualie).
 

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Fox wins the PR battle for putting up sweet ads with famous riders in magazines and online. And their forks and shock feel super sweet on the showroom floor.

Rock shox products seem to be superior in ways that really matter, IMHO.... Things like reliability, simplicity of design, customer service, and actual performance.

Fox has a fancy new Sashimi coating that helps to make up for all the stiction from the labyrinth of seals inside their forks needed to make them work.
 

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Fox, because nothing is cooler and sexier than the word "FOX". I think it also cures cancer.

In all seriousness, I'd have to go with a late model Lefty, preferably carbon.
 

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When it comes to DH I personally think Elka and Avalanche, and Diverse are far superior when it comes to rear shocks. For long travel forks I would put the boxxer in last place because of the constant maintenance needed to keep them operating properly. The Fox 40 is a great fork but i have not heard many good things about their customer service. I have not had a chance to ride the new 888's from marzocchi yet but i have heard nothing but good things about them so far.
 

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SRAM/Rock Shox has the best CS in the industry, by far. That said, both Fox and RS make great products. I would consider Marz if looking for coil sprung stuff. We have warrantied far more RS stuff than Fox at my shop (over the last couple of years) but they are incredible to work with. Fox could definitely learn from RS in that area. Many people like the feel of the new RS stuff better, but that's highly subjective.

In my experience working on forks I feel like the internals in a fox fork are of higher quality, but the new RS forks are very light. Hard to choose. If reliability was my priority I would go Fox if weight and CS was my priority I would go RS. Fox makes it's internals available, they actually still offer parts for their first edition forks in the early 2000's (that can't be said for any other suspension company that I know of).

The lefty's not bad (it's retarded light and expensive in carbon) but they've quit making parts available for older models so I may be hard to keep the thing going for more than 5 years or so. Lefty's also seem to blow more often than other makes (we've replaced a ton of lefty Max seals). The newer models may be better though.
 
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