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What the heck is up with stratos?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Sandwich, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    Does anybody ride these guys' stuff anymore? Always seemed like quality kit if not a little overly hardwarestore/overbuilt. I've seen the ID cartridge come out, and have been expecting good things (they use similar kit on rally cars, right?), but haven't heard much since the magazine review. Now I see that it's a $250 upgrade even on their factory forks. Why bother, with such good stuff coming out of the big3 for the same price?
     

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  2. ChrisRobin

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    I don't think everyone wants that type of speed sensitive damping in their forks. What would be good is if they installed their high speed dampers in their forks and sell them at the same price. Right now, you have to pay $150 extra to get better damping.

    The S8 is still a nice fork...a little tall (there are ways of shortening it but requires machining the internals) and a little heavy since everything is machined aluminum. The right side up fork series were kinda flexy. Pre-2005 Boxxers were stiffer.

    Their rear shocks are supposed to be good. I think Stratos was the first to bring air-assist to DH shocks. Then they came out with the El Jefe which is good...although it's tough to fit in a lot of different bikes since it's bigger than the Avalanche shocks (and those are pretty big to begin with).

    They need to put time/energy/money into one DH fork that's light and has amazing damping qualities. That company's fork line is pretty much outdated.

    edit. Look at the motocross section of their website. They have a cool 50cc fork called the SR6 or something. THAT's the type of fork they need to make for MTB...something with forward dropouts.
     
  3. Cant Climb

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    I had an MX6 back in 99......to this day it was the most adjustable, best damped fork i ever owened. Seems like they are susupension gurus but pretty clueless on the construction of the forks........they should sponsor a pro and get some good feedback.

    I would love to test out a EL Jefe.......is made from Showa parts.......
     
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  5. Jayridesacove

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    I'm riding off an old s7[I bought off a monkey] until the 06 marz 66rcx2 is available for purchase. It's not the most spectacular fork, but for now it's all I've got.
     
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    I rode a 6" Kona with a LR1 (6" fork) and it was very comparable to a marz superT in terms of performance and maintenance. It was a Heavy and overbuilt, but very stiff. I also ran the Helix Pro shock on the back for 1 year with no probs.

    Later I added a compression sleeve to the Fork and it would ride light, or I could turn up the compression and do some drops with it. So, I was pleased the Product performed GOOD.

    The other thing about this company is that it has a parent company that does a bunch of other things besides MTB suspension. So MTB development is not priority #1.
     
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    While STratos had a few good products here and there, thier customer service is what really stinks about them.

    It took them 12 WEEKS to ship me seals for my S8, which is just ridiculous.


    Stratos can eat it. THere are way too many products out there that are much better then what they offer.