Noleen Cross-Link Front Shock

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Noleen Cross-Link

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 26, 2012]
geoff

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

By far the stiffest fork ever created (other than double crown 20mm thru downhill forks). Literally doesn't budge an inch whatever you may hit. Coil spring gives a nice solid linear feel on the trail. Dialing down the preload makes the fork soak hits as long as they aren't huge drops. Very efficient at pedaling, due to angle, weight and shock creates the feeling that the shock doesn't compress when you pedal. Great for xc. EXTREMELY STRONG.

Weakness:

No adjustments other than preload. Except for an Internal rebound adjust that I didn't know how to mess with) endo effect that shortens wheelbase as you come down from a large bump or obstacle. Short travel (if only noleen made a long travel version!). Quick release tends to shift in dropouts which tends to offset the rim, making brakes difficult to keep adjusted. A quick compression of the suspension would aleviate it but it was still annoying.

The stiffness is phenominal. Nothing can beat the feel of something so solid. Definately worth it if you are doing xc. Almost nothing can beat this fork for that but anything else, it just doesn't have the right feel for it despite being strong enough to take down some serious downhill boulders(which I tried). Very very strong fork, everyone should try this at least once even if they don't strictly do xc biking. My version was the noleen crosslink exp. With aluminum legs and an nr1 shock bought new. Weight: 1598.2 grams (self weighed)

[Sep 06, 2008]
Oldschoolride
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Laterally stiff, no stiction, neat looks, light weight.

Weakness:

No disc tabs, no longer available (but bushing kits are still available).

Super sweet fork. There is a slight amount of adjustment in ride height depending upon how you shim it when installing. The "correct" measurement is something like 140mm, but you can go a mm or two in either direction to increase or decrease rake, trial, ride height and weight distribution. As this is essentially a 4 bar linkage in the front, you have to be careful when setting up to make sure that there is no interference when stroking through the travel.
Holds a line very well compared with a cheap telescoping fork.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Magnum, Manitou Black

[Mar 08, 2002]
Steve Vesco
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Zero Maintenance, Takes on rock gardens with ease. Very predictable and dependable on the down hills.

Weakness:

Blew out the shock twice. My shop put a heavier spring in. No problems since.

I love this fork even though there isn't a huge amount of travel. Great for cross country riding. If your looking for big air, but something else. Very durable, dependable and no maintenance.

[Jan 23, 2001]
doug
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

non flexy

Weakness:

maybe the j path but only on bikes with steep rakes

well I think you can say goodby to these forks as I don't think k2 is making them anymore. i think it's a case of non acceptance due to the non mainstream look. it's a real shame because IMO nothing even comes close.

so thanks alot you bunch of lemmings. another superior technology bites the dust

Similar Products Used:

white broths, zokes,

[Dec 28, 2000]
s.e. muller
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

It's not a "Smart Fork", Ive had enough of the electronic wonders.

Weakness:

Heavy compared to a SID. What Isn't?

I got this fork through REI on a warranty exchange from K2. This is a great cross country fork, this thing is rock steady on narrow trails. Good feedback from the front wheel, and it's getting more supple with every ride, I had to dial in more preload. No flex, and works better as the speed increases. (I keep the suspension set up a little firm) Loosen the fork bolts to grease, and retorque carefully, only disassemble to clean when necessary as there are a lot of spacers and shims that must be installed correctly or the suspension binds up or can get sloppy. If you are looking for a cross country fork, and have a little mechanical talent this is a good product. If you are mechanically inept, get a telescopic fork and have it serviced once a year at the shop.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox Indy C, Judy XC, Noleen Smart Fork.

[Apr 28, 2001]
salah
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

awesome all around ride

Weakness:

bottoms out pretty easily

Great cuz it's super plush, feels more like 4 inches than 3. However, it does bottom out quite easily. As long as you stay under 4 feet of air it's fine. Super acurate handling, even under braking. Easily adjustable also. Best of all it's maintenance free.

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jan 13, 2001]
DiRT
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Precision. Maintenance is easier than tele

Weakness:

limited to 3" travel

Noleen Xlink forks are simply the best XC fork for the money. Precise steering is the best you can get for XC. Low maintenace compared to any telescoping fork I've ever owned. (You don't maintain the shock, just the links thru greaseports. And complete disassembly takes 1/2 hr (1 hr first time).)

You can save weight by switching out the shock for an air shock and go sub 3#.

The bottom line is, for under $300, there is no better XC fork than a noleen carbon crosslink.

Similar Products Used:

Many, many RS, Marz, etc

[Aug 14, 2000]
Marc
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Stiff Laterally, Tough to Break

Weakness:

Not Plush

Very stiff. I have hit large objects head on at high speeds with not problems.Easily maintained(use torque wrench).
Not plush enough. New bike I'm building will be Z2 Atom 80.

Similar Products Used:

Judy, Sid XC

[Apr 27, 2000]
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Smooth. Point-n-shoot. Smart.

Weakness:

price.

Maintenance is not that bad. Try maintaining a telescope fork after hardcore riding. Taking the parts out of the stachions is no less painless. In fact, I find loosening a few bolts (not removing any part completely) a LOT easier than all the removing of springs, elastomers, cartridges of telescoping forks. What a pain to get back together!

This fork rides silky smooth on XC single track. It is NOT a DH fork, so don't buy it for that. linkage forks rule for precise control.

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox

[Apr 23, 2000]
Craig

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3

For the year and thousands of miles I rode on my fork, I loved it... I think the majority of griping comes from people who expect this fork to take downhills in stride, when it is really setup for cross country... Being in that category, it is the absolute best on the market... Almost all XC-specific forks are flexy and most also dont have the adjustability range of the Smart Shock... The Noleen tracks a true line and has the stiffness of a downhill fork... I turned on the smart shock about twice in its lifetime for two reasons; The first being the fork performed flawlessly without the "brain" turned on, and secondly the shocks electronics interfered with my wireless computers transmitter... No biggie... The only thing that this fork lacks in my opinion is disc brake mounts and a wider rebound adjustment range...

Similar Products Used:

Marzocchi Z1, Jr T., Manitou X-Vert DC

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