Noleen Chubby LT Front Shock

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Noleen Chubby LT

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[Aug 29, 2003]
bigripper
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

5 inches of travel. Low maintenence. Affordable. Easy to upgrade to stiffer elastomers/springs.

Weakness:

Aren't compatable with disc brakes. Preload adjusters on top caps spin freely without adjusting anything if you peg them all the way to + or -. Disassembling the fork lowers from the uppers can be tricky if the allen bolt under the dropouts decides it wants to rotate freely.

This is a good entry level DH/FR fork. For the price that Nashbar was selling these, $125, You can't beat it. This isn't a dream fork, and it isn't something I would have chosen by request. But since K2 decided to spec the Beast with it, I ended up with it, used it and I have very few complaints. The worst thing about this fork is that you can't upgrade to disc brakes. OH, and For all the people who claim to bottom this fork out, or flex it, I'm calling BS! I'm 220lbs and do some pretty aggressive trail/DH and freeriding with this baby and I have'nt bottomed out or noticed it flex once! And if you have these concerns, you can upgrade the elastomers and/or springs to heavier ones. I am running stock springs w/5 tan and 1 pink elastomer in each leg. It's smooooooooth!

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Rockshox boxxer, jr. T

[Feb 18, 2002]
steve
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

you wont care when you kill it.

Weakness:

FLEX, you can bottem it out on any thing! cant put disc brakes on it.

the fork stinks like flamin sh*t, I dont know why i bought it. DONT buy this fork if you get it for some stupid reason get the spring kit for it from cambribike.com it will make it much better but dont worry it will still be VERY flexy and will still sink like flamin sh*t.

I would onley recomed it to some one on a low budget who is just learing to ride DH.

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nill

[Sep 23, 2001]
lwh
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

lots of travel, easy to maintain, very durable, price

Weakness:

color, who could this appeal to. Steering is a little slower, but not unbearable, it is a downhill fork so this should be expected.

I am 275 pounds(plus 100 oz.camelbak) and ride three to four times per week, I have had no problems with this shock. Overall I am extremely happy with it and feel confident that it will remain in one piece through the ride. I have gone over the front pretty hard twice and have not twisted it. The trails are dusty here but the boots have kept everything clean. If you hate working on your bike buy this shock set it to your liking and ride. At my weight and with the amount of singletrack ridden I bust alot of stuff but haven't even messed up the paint on this shock.

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rock shox, manitou

[Jul 09, 2001]
Garson
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Price (however, you get what you pay for), can be smooth if set up right.

Weakness:

Where should I begin? They are SOOO flexy, and I'm 5'10 and 135 lbs. They are really weak. My friend took out one elastomer stack on his one (which he sold after riding it a month), to see what it would ride like with softer elastomer, and bend the damn stanchion tubes riding once around a parking lot! They bottom out way to easily (I can bottom them out if I land on my back wheel when I rock forward on something as small as a three foot drop). Finally, I actually wore the internals out, causing the stanchions to move inside the lowers.

The fact that I'm a really agressive freerider/dirt jumper/urban rider probably has a lot to do with it. I have done some really big drops with it (almost 15') but my normal everyday sessions usually don't inlude anything over about 9'. Plus I'm 135lbs and 14 years old. I know that there are a whole bunch of people out there who put a bunch more abuse on forks than me. I imagine that these would be a good fork for anyone who is a less agressive, probably older casual trailrider, who needs the extra travel because of a bad back or something, and for these people, this fork is ideal. However, this won't stand up to the rigors of everyday freeriding. The only other use for them that I can see is if you are building a freeride bike, and don't have enough money for the fork you want, buy one of these and use it until you have the money for the fork you want, because I'm sure that these could hold up for a month or so without to many problems. For agressive riders, though, these forks just won't last.

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Risse Trixxy 1999, 2001 (my friend who bent his stanchions bought a trixxy, and sent it back to get 2001 everything)white brother ud150, boxxer, marzocchi z1 dropoff qr20 (sick)

[Mar 17, 2001]
alex
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

very, very cool shock, love the travel, seems to be tough i dont think i can brak it riding down here in florida unless an alligator comes at me.

Weakness:

turn ratio limited because of the triple clamp.

i like the travel and feel, the single track in florida is very rooty with major cypress tree spikes sticking out everywhere and these shocks soak it all in nicely. Also leaves some room for those drop offs.

[Jan 01, 2000]
Dano
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

smooth, easy to clean, easy to upgrade springs, lots of travel, light as hell for a five inch fork

Weakness:

bad bearings wear in no time, elastomers need the coil upgrades not available from noleen

get the coil springs from either www.bikeride.com/dirtworks or www.mountainspeed.com and this fork will rock your world forever

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lefty, Z-1, jr.T, stratos mx-6, rst something-or-other

[Dec 30, 1999]
John Nguyen
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

PLUSH, smooth, lots of travel

Weakness:

A bit heavy, wide turn radius

Very nice, smooth travel. Not too heavy for XC. Pretty stable at high descent speeds. Gives feeling of control.

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Manitou, white bros.

[Jun 10, 2001]
John
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

inexpensive, 5 inches of travel for that cost?, look somewhat attractive, ok for jumping, head turner

Weakness:

none so far

i got this for a fork for christmas and have had nothing but good from them so hard. it was a great deal for the cost, free to me but cost my parents some dough. great for freeriding and some slalom/jumping. could even be used for aggressive x-country. a great buy!

Similar Products Used:

manitou, rock shox, stratos, others

[Sep 11, 2000]
Tim
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

You can't beat the price. 5" for $130!!! Travel feels good. And the mango color matches my 'Dale!

Weakness:

Heavy. Turning radius sucks.

Since this is my first real experience with a long travel fork, I don't have a lot to compare it to, but hey - it works for me - I absorbs the stuff I used to bottom my DD60 out on. I'm a bigger guy and it just feels nice. I give it 5 chilis for value and 4 chilis overall.

Similar Products Used:

Headshock DD60 - Stock on my 'Dale.

[May 04, 2001]
stan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy maintenance, simple design, upgradeable to springs, looks good, it's just a nice solid fork...

Weakness:

the color! also, i can't tell what the top caps are made of but they can't possibly last too long... it's a bit flexy as well

A great fork for the money. I bought mine slightly used for $150, and that's after it had been repainted black and upgraded to full springs. THe unprogressive nature is bad for some people, but it has yet to bottom out for me. Maintenance is extremely simple! it takes less than 20 minutes- just take the fork apart and lube every part. IT's that simple! It may not be the best fork in the world, but forks don't get much better at this price...

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