Its been a long time coming, but the RockShox Vivid rear shock is ready for the masses. SRAM had a few on hand that could be demo'd on a selection of bikes at their trailer.
Our main man Jeremiah at SRAM hooked us up with a pimped out Cove Shocker that was Vivid equipped and sent us on our merry way.
After a few burly quick laps up in Garbanzo the verdict from the riders rolled in: It was incredible! It was treated like this bike was stolen (sorry boys), beating it down on the roughest trails in Whistler, airing big, smacking into rocks and this shock felt amazing. Yes this was only a few hour beat down, but if the long term results are anything like this, then we'll have another serious contender in the rear shock market on our hands.
The Vivid 5.1 has loads of adjustments at your finger tips. The red adjuster dial allows you to fine tune the begining stroke rebound (early portion of travel), while the 2.5 mm adjuster lets you make changes to the ending stroke rebound (deep/final portion of travel). The blue knob does all the compression adjustment work. IFP pressure is now factory set to help eliminate the chances of a poor set up on the riders behalf. The drop stop bottom out system allows one to extra finely tune the final portion of travel/stroke using one of the three different durometers of stops that mount on the shock shaft.
RockShox has put a lot of time and effort into this rear suspension offering and based on what we see and have experienced with it so far, you can expect good things to come from the Vivid in 2008.www.sram.com