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#26 out of 151 MTB Forks
Brand: RockShox



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  • RunBikeSwim
    ****

    Yes, for beginners or for easy or intermediate riding

    Pros
    Great entry level fork, just enough for anything you will encounter on intermediate single track. Lockout is firm on roads so that is also a plus.

    Cons
    Cant use it for anything crazy

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  • Seetheworldthroughme
    *****

    Yes, of course.

    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.

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  • greateaght
    ***

    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
    A decent fork for the price, very smooth, adjustable rebound, and remote lockout

    Cons
    A bit heavy and not very durable

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  • jtorlando25
    *****

    Fork still works great after a couple years of being abused. What more can I say!?

    Pros
    -100mm of travel
    -coil = no fiddling with air pressure
    -Not super heavy
    -Out performs most other stock coil forks
    -Can fit a fat 2.5" tire

    Cons
    -Not very adjustable

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  • JacksPerson
    Reviewing Rock Shox Dart 2:
    ***

    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.

    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

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  • jfigel76
    ***

    Came with my GF bike with G2 geometry 29er. Sold after about 4 months.

    Pros
    Great lower end shock for the price.

    Cons
    Heavy, I needed stiffer springs.

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  • Shootr
    *****

    I have had these forks for over a year and they a rugged. The Lockout is great for hard pack and pavement.

    Pros
    Rugged and Great Bargin

    Cons
    Weight

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  • saminguz
    ****

    These forks are fitted to some entry/medium level bikes. They perform better than many stock RST, Suntour forks and make a cheap upgrade.

    Pros
    Reasonably performing entry level fork. Some adjustability

    Cons
    Weight

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Rock Shox Dart 2:
    ***

    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.

    Pros
    Price tag

    Cons
    Performance and weight

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  • jpo
    ****

    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
    Lockout, Easy to Adjust

    Cons
    Weight?

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  • Forceofwon
    *****

    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
    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

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  • slap8up
    Reviewing Rock Shox Dart 2:
    **

    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.

    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.

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  • slap8up
    Reviewing Rock Shox Dart 1:
    ***

    Great entry level fork. If your aggressive, stay away!!!!

    Pros
    Good all around trail/XC fork. Cheap.

    Cons
    More or less suck for anything but trail/XC riding.

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