1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
mtn. biking 101
2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 30
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    26

    How good are RST front forks

    On my fisher advance it comes with a RST Capa C4 front fork, for light trailriding and urban riding, I have never bottomed it out, do there forks hold up? Why don't I see more RST forks on higher end bikes.


    Thanks in advance...

  2. #2
    beer *****es n' bikes
    Reputation: seely's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    529
    Quote Originally Posted by thomasward00
    On my fisher advance it comes with a RST Capa C4 front fork, for light trailriding and urban riding, I have never bottomed it out, do there forks hold up? Why don't I see more RST forks on higher end bikes.


    Thanks in advance...
    Their Gila is ok, they are NOT for urban riding though. They flex way to much and are just way underbuilt for any urban riding. Customers have blown them out in under a week of nominal trail use. They are not nearly as adjustable or strong and stiff as offerings from Marzocchi or Fox. Rockshox vs. RST, I feel like I may as well save the 150 and get the RST cause it hardly makes any difference.
    bike dude, velocity employee (this is my personal account)

  3. #3
    Get your freak on!
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    2,698

    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasward00
    On my fisher advance it comes with a RST Capa C4 front fork, for light trailriding and urban riding, I have never bottomed it out, do there forks hold up? Why don't I see more RST forks on higher end bikes.


    Thanks in advance...
    RSt forks are known to be low quality. The reason why you don't see many high end bikes with them is it is not the worth the manufacturers money or RST's money ot make higher end fork, no one wants a RST fork on their 3k rig.
    But for beginner riders theres nothing wrong with them, with oyu doing urban on them then yes they will eventually give but you will probably get alot more time on them before something seriosly bad goes wrong with them. You would be best just to ride it till it dies, then upgrade, more expensive forks are stronger, lighter, more durable and have ALOT better performance, something I have yet to find on a RST.
    Don't take this as a message that you need to go blow your money on a new fork, just means don't be suprised when it does give/break

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Racer9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    516
    I have riden a few trails on my Gila T4 and it has performed very well! It isn't the most stiff fork in the world but it saved me quite a bit of money! It still hasn't fully broken in the 20 hours suggested by the manufacturer so I'll report back later!

  5. #5
    Mythical Creature
    Reputation: glenzx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    4,851
    Quote Originally Posted by thomasward00
    Why don't I see more RST forks on higher end bikes.


    Thanks in advance...
    Because they are weak, unreliable, P's.O.S. if you ask me..... and no good mtbike should have those forks installed on them! If you ride a few hundred miles a year or less and are not to abusive to equipment.... they may suffice. But you will probably not have a "higher end" bike then. If you're a serious rider who logs real mileage on rough terrain, and is interested in self-preservation, then you'd want to look at products that were designed to meet your needs. If I spend $2000 on a bike (ha! more like 3K-4K) but put 3K-5K miles on it in a year or two, it seems pretty cheap per mile. I personally have destroyed Manitou and Marzocchi forks, Specialized and Santa Cruz frames and virtually every component out there.... Fox Froks will be the next experiment.

    You get what you pay for, despite "riding ability" or whatever.
    follow me on Twitter!
    "It's better to regret something you HAVE done, than something you haven't..." -

  6. #6
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,123

    Rst...

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasward00
    On my fisher advance it comes with a RST Capa C4 front fork, for light trailriding and urban riding, I have never bottomed it out, do there forks hold up? Why don't I see more RST forks on higher end bikes.


    Thanks in advance...
    they make low end stuff, plain and simple.

    i had an Rst 281R and it never broke, it just didn't perform anything like my Zocchi EXR.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1
    I had rst gila's on my specialized hardrock, i used to do loads of xc and they were fine but i've started doin downhill and they wernt doin too bad, they r ok 4 jumping but when you hit the roots at speed they dont move.... but then i hit a tree and they have bent back into my frame so i need new forks anyway

  8. #8
    Dirt Deviant
    Reputation: savagemann's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    3,694
    If your fork bent back into your frame there is a really good chance you'll need more than just a new fork.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

  9. #9
    AKA Dr.Nob
    Reputation: gumbymark's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    887
    Ummmm.. this thread is 4 years old chances are the OP has replaced either the fork or the bike because I don't think RST's would last 4 years of riding.
    Not that all teenagers are evil mind, just most of them.

  10. #10
    Dirt Deviant
    Reputation: savagemann's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    3,694
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaymz555
    I had rst gila's on my specialized hardrock, i used to do loads of xc and they were fine but i've started doin downhill and they wernt doin too bad, they r ok 4 jumping but when you hit the roots at speed they dont move.... but then i hit a tree and they have bent back into my frame so i need new forks anyway

    LOL yea. Mine lasted me a couple years.Thats about it.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    1,575
    Wow, who the hell dug this thread up out of the dust bin?
    Ever been to Mountain Bike Tales Digital Magazine? Now if only the print rags would catch on!

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    129
    Jaymz555 was doin' some serious research when he decided to answer a four year old thread. It's all good though, at least he was reading and looking for information on his own, instead of walking in and his first post being a question about an easily [Search]ed issue.

    Welcome to the forums Jaymz

  13. #13
    Dirt Deviant
    Reputation: savagemann's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    3,694
    Yea WD.
    Welcome to the forums Jay.
    I wish the search feature was used more often as well.
    It's funny, I didn't realise this thread was so old.....at first I thought it was from earlier this year, until gumby pointed it out.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    3
    rst forks are no good. i had one of the gila forks on my specialized hardrock. i blew it out doing little stuff, no major drops or jumps or anything. not to mention the fact that it didnt perform what so ever.

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: spazzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,509
    i have a RST 191 c4 on my first bike, it advertised 63mm of travel and i got maybe 30 out of it, now its on my campus beater bike, its more then served its purpose as suspension for getting me hooked on mountain biking, and then getting thrashed, rusted and rode in the snow, sleet and rain without any maintence at college, not super high quality but gets the job done...well somewhat

  16. #16
    Fueled by meat n potatoes
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    87
    I have an RST gila on my specialized hardrock and I can tell you one thing, if I had the money to buy a new fork I would in a heartbeat. The thing weighs a ton and there is absolutely no dampening what-so-ever. It has preload knobs to "adjust" the preload, but that doesn't do anything. As hard as I may be on it, it will serve somebody starting out that isn't going to do much for hard riding. Keep it on the streets, easy trails, and dropping off of curbs and it should serve you reasonably well. I think that if it was about a pound lighter it wouldn't be so bad.

  17. #17
    Custom User Title
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    142
    My girlfriend says the same thing as you, IARider -- her Hardrock Sport has an RST front fork that weighs double the weight of the bare frame just by itself, and even after being serviced by the LBS, it's set as soft as it possibly can be set and for all intents and purposes, it's a hard front fork with no suspension at all.

    I'm buying her a Fox fork and XTR drivedrain soon, though -- so it'll be the most bad-ass Hardrock ever.

  18. #18
    Bloody Bastard
    Reputation: Blu Falcon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    140
    Quote Originally Posted by WrenchDevil6
    ...instead of walking in and his first post being a question about an easily [Search]ed issue.
    You just described me. I'm so ashamed.

  19. #19
    ht freerider
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    34
    i am 13 love dirtjumping my trek 3700 the frame is a tank, but sux inthe air with such a long wheelbase. anyway it has rst 191 pieces of $hit that have like 5cm of travel and one time whe i landed the forks stuck down and there was a pile oil on the ground, but these forks seperate are like $60 so i guess dont flatland 25 foot jumps on your xc bike that cant even handle wheelies. but then i looked closer and the forks bent alittle in, and i didnt even nose land.

  20. #20
    I Have No Friends2Ride w/
    Reputation: LOVELESS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    190
    Quote Originally Posted by pacoverde
    i am 13 love dirtjumping my trek 3700 the frame is a tank, but sux inthe air with such a long wheelbase. anyway it has rst 191 pieces of $hit that have like 5cm of travel and one time whe i landed the forks stuck down and there was a pile oil on the ground, but these forks seperate are like $60 so i guess dont flatland 25 foot jumps on your xc bike that cant even handle wheelies. but then i looked closer and the forks bent alittle in, and i didnt even nose land.
    05-12-2008
    ............
    My Bike

    2009 Cannondale F7 Disc - Don't Know Y I Bought This Bike. N(-_-Y-_-)b


    I Truly Apologize For Any Grammar Errors

  21. #21
    I Love my Rize
    Reputation: danoalb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    763

    Depends on what you get

    The RST First fork and above are killer. They are just as good and better than most high end forks at half the price. On the other hand the lower end forks are total junk except for the Omega TNL 100 mm, great fork for the money. The Gila's are total garbage. Believe me if you try the higher end RST products you WILL be suprised on how good they are.
    Early to bed early to RIZE makes a man healthy, wealthy <(scratch that) and wize.

    RIGHTY on a LEFTY

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    120
    lol isn't as bad as 03-17-2004 though.

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    9
    I want to buy a fork for cross country use not too expensive and i am thinking of rst omega rl. Does anyone know anything more about that fork it seems to be a good cost/quality product.

  24. #24
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    1
    RST stands for Real Simple Trash! Get off that thing before you get hurt!

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    9
    Can you be more specific ?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. What forks are you riding?
    By Mattman in forum Clydesdales/Tall Riders
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 03-14-2004, 02:11 PM
  2. Pain in the Hoop - fitting Avid Mechs to Kona forks
    By spangelsaregreat in forum Brake Time
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-26-2004, 03:35 PM
  3. Looking for a good quality, average MTN bike.
    By CoryB in forum Bike and Frame discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 02-24-2004, 03:01 PM
  4. Need help building a bike!
    By Magnus357 in forum Downhill - Freeride
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 02-10-2004, 09:14 PM
  5. Attn Front Rangers! Green Mtn. is good!
    By ibmkidIII in forum Passion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-23-2004, 11:17 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •