Pros: The Rock Shox Dart 3 is a really durable fork. I have put it through the ringer the past 3 years. As long as you add a little oil to the fork once and a while it will probably last forever. As they say its bullet proof.
Its a great deal for a fork that can handle medium size drops and rough terrain and also be able to lock out and ride hard on the flats.
Pros: A decent fork for the price, very smooth, adjustable rebound, and remote lockout
Cons: A bit heavy and not very durable
Recommendation: A good choice if you want something better than the stock your bike came with but not for real heavy use, have had this for 1 and a half seasons and the lockout and adjustable rebound are both shot. I just had it lubed but its starting to bind. All and all a good entry level fork but if you ride hard spend some extra money
Pros: - inexpensive
- works as intended
- easy to adjust
- looks good on a bike
- good quality for an entry level fork
Cons: - iexpensive
- coil spring shock
- entry level
Recommendation: As an entry level fork these are nice, but for any serious trail riding these could definatly use an upgrade. I found that they bottom out pretty easily and as most spring forks they are either too hard or too soft.. They come stock on a lot of entry level moutain bike, mine was on a Gary Fisher Advance that i inherited.
Recommendation: For an entry level fork on a budget, the Dart 2 performs pretty decently. If you evaluate it on any other criteria though, this fork is pretty shoddy. I would not recommend this unless you are 1. Very new to the sport and are 2. On a budget 3. Very light weight.
Recommendation: Love this fork. Love that I can engage lockout while riding, (a first for me), how quickly I was able to dial preload, and how in a year of crashes, I haven't had a single problem with it.
Pros: Fully adjustable. But most notable is the ride. I weigh 270lbs and these are awesome forks. I have owned them over a year now, no leaks, no problems
Cons: I dont have any, other than I wanted these black, and the place I bought them from didnt have black in stock, so I got a silver one
Recommendation: I bought these about two months after I bought my Trek 4300 last year. The stock Suntour forks had no adjustments, and just felt like cheap forks. I put on the Rock shox and couldnt believe the difference. I have read people had trouble with these forks leaking, mine never has
Pros: It's cheap,it got me back on the trails. It's black.
Cons: HEAVY.No real damping.
Recommendation: I got mine from PricePoint for $80.00. It got me riding again after my Manitou Mars seals gave out and I couldn't get parts for it. Money is really tight so the price was right.The first thing I noticed was the weight,heavy. Almost 21/2 LBS heavier. Installed it and rode. I know why they call it Dart.The bike was darting all over the trail with very little control. Top out clunk is annoying. I changed the oil to a heavier grade but it didn't seem to make any difference. Maybe the turnkey option makes a big difference but this shock just doesn't cut it for intermediate riders on up.
Pros: CHEAP and what I would call a barely borderline decent fork.
Cons: If you take a strong hit cover your eyes!!!!!! Cheaply made from cheap parts.
Recommendation: I've not personally had this happen yet, but I've heard several people say a big hit causes the plastic top caps to strip out turning them and the springs into projectiles. One person almost lost an eye.