i have a 2002 shiver DC as well. The fork is great. I rode it full time for just over a year, with no problems at all. I ride a lot of big gaps and drops. It handles 20+ foot drops with ease. It feels great on the downhill to. I thought it was the best fork i had ridden by far, untill i got a DH40.
yeah downhiller all shivs are the same inside. but the 01s didnt have the bleed screw that all the others have. other than that there all the same. btw im running an 01 and shes kinda scratched but other than that runnnin like a charm
My friend has a black '05. It takes so much abuse. He downhill/frs it and also "urban frs" (20 stairs to flat kind of stuff- hahahahaha). It runs great. its on a scott high octane (7-9.5" rear), it was meant for that bike.
i have an 02 on my canfield. put heavy springs and 15w oil in it (i weigh 225) and have never touched it in 3 years! 2 seasons of racing, 5 whistler trips, shuttles nearly every weekend.. big drops w/a fattass like me poundin' the sh#t out of it. best fork ever! thought about getting a 888, but why? used to think it was quite flexy(again w/the fattass thing) but i took off my diobolus stem an put on the integrated marz. stem, seemed to cure that prob.
Great fork.190mm of travel. Super plush.
Only thing i don't like is those itty bitty bleed screws I know motocross bike forks have an aftermarket screw-in little valve called PRO-Bleeders where you screw those in & just push it on top like a buttom to bleed...!!!
Just bought a 2002 because i always wanted to try one. Was able to tune the compression perfect after just one ride, rebound externally adjustable. I've been running a 888 but the Shiver is plusher and feels lighter and easier to maneuver so I'm putting the 888 up for sale. Good fork, but the shiver just feels too good in comparison.