Noleen NR-2 Rear Shock Older Rear Shocks

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Noleen NR-2 Rear Shock

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[May 25, 2020]
MadVermonter


OVERALL
RATING
2
Strength:

Very smooth. Adjustable tension.

Weakness:

Unavailability of spare parts Push rod tends to snap

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1997
[May 10, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Felt smooth on harder bumps

Weakness:

Seals failed too soon

I did not like the way this felt once I set it up seemed way to stiif at first but worked ok once a big bump jumped out at me. This was nothing compared to the dt swiss that I replaced it with. no true adjustabilty

Similar Products Used:

Noleen spring and dt swiss

[Jun 06, 2003]
andrew plant
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

trying to get information on what other kind of rear shock ican put onto my pro flex 857 as one i have is blown and shops in new zealand dont deal with noleen shocks or pro flexs bikes at all .any help would be great thanks

Weakness:

n/a

help

Similar Products Used:

n/a

[Feb 17, 2002]
Doug
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Fairly lightweight, apparently good build quality, damping works well.

Weakness:

Built from cheese, continually snaps where the shaft joins the base.

This shock works great until it breaks which seems to be far to often.

[Oct 25, 2001]
TiM
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very stong and durable. Nice rebound and compretion. Very easy to maintain. Lots of usable travle!

Weakness:

nnone

The bottem line to this shock is that is is very nice. I have never had any problems with it. In my preferance it is one of noleens best shocks.

Similar Products Used:

Fox RC

[Jul 25, 1997]
chris majerik
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

great shock i would put it on my car if i could.

[Oct 27, 1997]
Jason Ellershaw
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I have an 856 When my elastomer stoped working I spent some time looking for a replacment shok. I chose a Nolen NR2 because its not to pricy and works great. The only complaint is that it squeaks during compression.

[Apr 22, 2001]
Bam-Bam
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1

This is an update to my review of 3/7/00.

If you buy a K-2 bike, you should make a tube of K-Y jelly your first accessory purchase. Dealing with K2/Noleen/ProFlex, it's a dead-nuts certainty you'll eventually need it. Can you say, “BOHICA?”

I have owned 2 ProFlexes and loved then both . . . until something broke. The problem isn’t that they broke; everything eventually wears out or breaks. The problem is and has been with the manufacturer's support . . . or rather their lack of it.

I could say their customer service sucks but that would be a brash assumption. Which is to say I’m assuming they have customer service. I’ve seen no evidence of it yet.

I should have learned from dealing with the old ProFlex after buying a 755. But I got suckered into a deal on a closeout 857. And I’m finding that K2, if anything, is worse.

My Noleens blow regularly about every 6 months. Times two shocks, that means about every 3 months I’m down for a shock repair. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Sometimes they have the good manners to blow simultaneously, so at least I can get em' both done at once.

In my previous post I wrote that I’d had a local motorcycle shop rebuild both Noleens. K2’s bean counters apparently got wind that I’d located a sympathetic parts guy there who'd sold parts directly to my MX shop, hunted him down and had him drawn and quartered (sorry, bruh!). Now it is easier to get spare parts for a Tomahawk cruise missile than for a Noleen shock. And Noleen -- their bicycle shock division is owned by K2 -- no longer sells the NR2. So when your Noleen shock blows – and it will – you have only two choices:
1) Sell the broken K2 and buy something for which you can get parts.
2) Launch your NR2 into the K2 repair black hole.
K2's turnarounds have been 3 weeks to 3 months, are about twice as pricey as the local MX shop but only last half as long. Plus I can't get K2 to leave my tuned washer stack alone; I always have to disassemble their rebuild to correct their meddling.

Would I recommend the Noleen as an aftermarket buy? Sure, so long as you can afford to buy them by the dozen, and your brother-in-law works in their rebuild shop. Otherwise, try Risse or Stratos.

[Apr 06, 2001]
Kev
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

This is one of the best handling bikes I've had, the problem is with support from Noleen on the shocks.

Weakness:

Sent both shocks into Noleen beginning of January so I would have them back in March to race. It's April, no shocks back, and they don't even return my calls. My local shop says their K2 rep is nearly invisible and they can't even get hold of him. Thing was, the shocks didn't need to be rebuilt, I was just doing normal maintenance by sending them in.

Not sure the shocks were all that great. I understand that if you have anything with the Smart Shock you're really screwed. I've had to spend over $600 to replace the front fork and rear shock since Noleen has failed to return mine. At least I have other bikes to train on.

[Mar 04, 2001]
Beast Boy

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

It worked well at first

Weakness:

It doesn't work now

I have had this bike for about 5.5 months. I have put it through a beating but I didn't expect this. First I was riding down some stairs and I blew the seals (Not the shocks fault), then today I was casually riding down a blue stone alley way near my house and BANG!!!! I thought a rock had hit my frame. Then I realised that the spring had snapped in half. I have been jumping recently but I didn't expect this to happen. Does anyone else know of this happening? If you do can you e-mail me. Is it my riding, the spring being too soft or is it just bad luck. Other than this, when it isn't at the bike store getting repaired it is a great shock. I just can't give it 5

Similar Products Used:

None

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