Risse Genesis Rear Shock

DESCRIPTION

Lightweight and simple, the Genesis is the beginning of our suspension upgrades. The Genesis utilizes an air spring with oil damping, and is custom tuned for you and your bike. Models are available to fit nearly every suspension bike made. Give your bike the shock it deserves.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 18, 2014]
bm
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

excels all others in warranty, greater than all and one for all!

always know your equipment!

Weakness:

like all others has a time and date stamp'

good deal for the BUCK!!

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90% 25 yrs field testing.

[Aug 20, 2012]
s_hield
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

stiff, light, rebound dampening, customer service.

Weakness:

none, except it's kind of pricey.

I had to buy one of these when my OEM Stratos XC Pro failed after 10 + years on my Dean Duke. The Stratos company was apparently put out of business by Specialized in a patent dispute, so it could not be rebuilt. Risse Genesis was literally my only option since DEAN has a special fitting at the seat stay and Risse machines that design.
Once ordered the shock arrived in a week. I rode it for a couple of months before it started leaking oil and air pressure. Sent back to Risse for a warrantee rebuild on a Thursday and it returned the following Monday! No kidding! Re-installed and it's been fine now for 2 seasons, no problems. Thanks to their Customer Service for a timely rebuild!
This shock has no adjustments except air pressure, which works fine for set it and forget it types like me. I weigh 162 and ended up with about 100 PSI in it. It's never traveled more than 3/4 of an inch, even on big jumps. The rebound dampening works really well and the shock noticeably stiffened up the rear, which makes it for great for steep climbing with no pogo. An improvement overall from the OEM Stratos XC Pro (5 flaming chile's overall). My only gripe is that when the trail is dry and dusty, the seal squeaks. Wipe it clean and it stops.
At $198 the price was kind of hard to swallow (4 flaming chile's for value), but all in all I'd say it's worth it, especially considering the customer service and how well it works.
Overall a great product.

Similar Products Used:

Stratos XC Pro

[Feb 13, 2011]
lebikerboy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Custom valved for me, specific to Santa Cruz Tazmon.

Weakness:

Shaft unthreaded from shock body which of course
resulted in loss of air and oil. This was a direct result of
no threadlocker being used during assembly.

I'd like it better if it did what it was supposed to do without failing...

Similar Products Used:

Risse Astro 5 which this replaced.

[Nov 28, 2008]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Stiffer laterally than Noleen shock, only company I could find that made a shock for my bike, damping rate seems good for my weight, light.

Weakness:

First one leaked oil, "air" noise when suspesnion strokes, seller communication.

The original Noleen NR2 rear shock started leaking oil, and eventually lost all damping. I purchased a rebuild kit, but it quickly started leaking again (perhaps installation error on my part). I gave up, and Risse was the only replacement shock that I found for my old bike. They have applications for many bikes, which is awesome.

They are VERY difficult to communicate with, but once you actually get in touch with them, they are very helpful, and you will get your product immediately. They often don't respond to emails, or voicemails, but if you call back and catch someone to answer the phone, you will get service.

The first shock that they sent me worked great, but started leaking oil after a few rides. Once I got in touch with them (had to call a few times), they sent me a new shock ASAP, no questions asked. It came very quickly, and included return postage for the old one, so I didn't have to go without a shock for any time (just rode on the leaking one until the new one came).

I rode on the new one for a few months with no problems, but recently purcahsed a new bike, so I probably won't be riding it enough to give a long-term durability test.

Compared to the old Noleen, the damping feels much better suited to my weight/riding, and the bike feels more stable. The shock is also much stiffer laterally than the old one. With the Noleen, you could grab the shock with your hand and there was quite a bit of play. Also, the Risse has a longer taper fitting into the swingarm, which also probably helps. The installation bolt that they sent did not fit, but I was able to re use the old one.

I don't regret getting the cheap model, as I don't think I need to adjust the damping much (Risse set it up well to match my weight), or use the lockout feature of the higher-end models.

The only down-sides of the new shock are that it seems to stick a little if the bike is sitting for a while, but it loosens up the first few strokes of the suspension. Also, it makes a whooshing noise when you go over bigger bumps (fast compression/rebound), but you get used to it. This was my first air shock, but I think it's not uncommon.

I rated 4 Chilis for value. There doesn't seem to be a lot to this shock, but being that it's all CNC machined, and they can't make a very high volume of shocks for a Pro-flex, the price seems fair.

Similar Products Used:

Noleen NR2, Specialed Brain.

[May 18, 2003]
Nick M
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The only reason my obsolete frame is still in service and rolling fast.

Weakness:

No one knows about it.

Risse is one of the most overlooked names out there. I put a Genesis air shock on my Amp rear triangle many years ago and haven't looked back. It has been really solid. It's the most basic model and has no adjustability, but I have never ever encountered anything like "unexplained deflations" that some other brands seem to. Most of the time I don't even check the air pressure in it. It simply never needs it. I'll pump it back up after 5-6 really hard rides just to keep it dialed in. On my leisurely cruise rides it has almost been "set it and forget it." I can let the bike sit for a month and it wont leak down either. Stiction is present to a minimal degree, but nothing like the loser SID shocks I have encountered. Risse is expensive, but from my experience has been fully worth it.

It is pretty stiff and really progressive rate, but it's an XC bike after all. It soaks up the big hits and leaves me alone the rest of the time. I also like the fact that I bought it 6-7 years ago, and can still get another one or send it back for new seals. They still make it, even for an obsolete frame. It weeps a little oil, but not a significant amount by any means.

Thank you Risse Racing

Similar Products Used:

AMP

[Dec 08, 2001]
Matt Feldman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None

Weakness:

Seals gave out on third ride. Doesn't handle much weight well.

Shock needs better seals to perform upto the price.

Similar Products Used:

Fox Vanilla

[Dec 08, 2001]
Darko Andreevski
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

very stiff, they said it's home servicable...no bobbing....

Weakness:

Product support, product support, arogant support, loosing 15% of travel :(

After death of my Fox Air Vannila, and need to replace stock bushings, i was thinking what to do... I needed to send my Vannila shock to Fox (becouse it's nitrogen charged and it's not possible to refill at home), i calculate that is better to get new one.. I was thinking what to order...
I saw on risseracing web page, their Risse FSR XC Link (replace stock link+ bushings, with their link+ cartdridge bearings).. It came in two versions.. 3" and 4".. I decide to get 3"
Becouse i live in Europe, and i was ordering via mail, i wanted to ask anything that can be problematic in future.. As first risse answer my questions (a few mails), and i wanted to order after.. But they said that they will go to Mammoth for a race, so i can order when they get back.. I still wanted some answers, but they stopped to answer at all...
Ok, i decide i will order.. But they didnt have secure order form, so i was asking for some way to order (but to be secure).. At the end, they raise the price for 50$ (it's not fair, becouse we allready said which price would be)

I was a bit angry becouse of that.. When i start complaining they get wonderfull and very inteligent idea.. They said that they are traveling somewhere in Germany, so i can come there, and try the shock.. If i like i can get it, if i dont like, then i dont have to buy.. Hey... So clever.. to spend money and time, and to travel somewhere in world just becouse they are lazy and arogant?

At the end i order the Risse Genesis + Link from www.bikeusa.com ( i recomend this guys.. Together with www.bikesale.com are most proffesional, and trouble free mail orders)
Ok, i got the package at the end, but dissapointment again (
The Risse send the wrong bushings (i can't understund, the shock is their, the link is their, and they still send wrong bushings) (they never said that there will be bushings again (even aluminium)

When i install the shock , there was a huge play (and i order this lame link, just to be play trouble free)

Ok, i tried to contact Risse but they dont like to answer me...
So i contact mail order again (Mike is very friendly at www.bikeusa.com).. He said that he contct Risse and they will send new bushings.. After one month i finnaly recieve the new bushings.. I tried to install them, but i Risse send the wrong ones again :(
So i had to put one wider buhsing from one side, and thin from other side just to solve Play problem somehow (but the shock is not in centar becouse of this)
And another thing that i notice.. I can't get the last 15% of rear travel.. I tried to contact risse, but no answer :(

If anyone have idea why i can't use the last 15% please answer me?

As a positive let's say that is nice XC shock (no bobing), but if u want good shock get Cane Creek.. The peoples there seem to be so friendly.. I got Risse and not Cane Creek, becouse there is no Cane Creek compatible with my frame..


Similar Products Used:

Fox Air Vannila

[Feb 22, 2002]
Rains
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

You just can't kill it! not to plush, easy to set up.

Weakness:

NONE!

IF you ride xc and want to spend only 200 bucks and never spend any money on a rear shox again go for it! Never did anything to mine and it has been working perfect scence 98'!!!!!! Great product!!!

[Apr 07, 2004]
D
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Reliablity. Keeps pressure. Incredible customer service.

Weakness:

ZERO

I bought this shock about a year ago and until my ride last Saturday it worked flawlessly. I'm on the heavier side (185 lbs) and going from the stock coil that was too weak to the Genesis was quite a shock, no pun intended. I do a lot of climbing and put 210 lbs of pressure into it and it's as close to a lock out as you can get and still be comfortable. Saturday, however, it sounded like metal against metal on the rebound. It still worked, but just wasn't right. I called them Monday morning and they told me to send it to them so they could have a look, which I did. They called me Tuesday afternoon to tell me there was a small problem that was fixed (I think it was a slipping stop of some sort, but I only understand works and don't work) and that there would be no charge for the fix or the oil replacement. I got the shock back today, wednesday, and took it for a ride. It's as good as new. This is their bottom of the line air shock too, but it made no difference. I wish every company in and out of the bike industry was as reliable and honost to their product as the guys at Risse. 'At a boy Risse!

Similar Products Used:

Stock coil that came on the bike

[Sep 28, 2005]
Jared Raynes
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap, it actually fits my bike. Feels so much better than the old rockshox delux that was on my bike.

Weakness:

Well its a little strange but i pumped it up, then it lost air, so i pumped it up again, and it was fine, then pumped it up to 200psi on friday, and it was flat my monday.

When i first put the genesis on, it was amazing. but its strange that it seems to lose air, maybe its because i weigh 220pounds and like to do jumps? but really shouldnt be so hopefully i will get it sorted, i will post an update soon because i will have a shock pump tomoro. But it is a very promising shock for my old bike which makes it seem like new.

Similar Products Used:

CRAPPY rockshox delux, what a piece of s#$T.

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