RockShox's Vivid Rear Shock-take a look!

Aug 12, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
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




17 Comments

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 Cane Creek already makes a shock with 2 separate rebound controls as well as 2 compression...and it doesn't rely on elastomers for bottom-out control either. It'll only be a big deal if it proves to be relaible and cheap.
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 rochshox has problems with there stuff sometimes cuz its got such high end technolgy and so light weght things can brake, i do notice rockshox has the most problems.but i ride a boxxer wc.its fine but it has acted funny on me.
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 I'd like the end-of-sroke compression to be more than 3 different stiffness of bushing.

I like the end-of-stroke rebound adjust so that you can have a slow rebound on big hits ans still have a lively bike through the main part of the stroke.

"IFP pressure is now factory set to help eliminate the chances of a poor set up on the riders behalf." This should be adjustable, no excuse.

It'll be interesting to find out the quality of the manufacturing and effectiveness of the adjustments.

For me the comparable adjustments of the CCDB would be a better choice as it an established shock with a solid performance record. I'm thinking the 1st year wait is mandatory considering the Totem issues.
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 well there is one thing for sure ... it will be cheaper than ccdb... I think elastomers isn't bad idea, it's cheap and simple... judgeing by srams latest products this shock might be rival to ccdb... well, we will see...
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 I think the author has rebound and compression mixed. I’ve never heard of a suspension product with two levels of rebound dampening and one compression.
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 And this is why its something exciting to read about as you read it right! TWO levels of rebound adjustment and one for compression. It makes perfect sense.
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 i hope this shock is super nice and blows everything away, hard to do with fox being so good tho
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 hopefully they make the a funky one that can fit sx trails, i like how you can change the bottom out stoppers though
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 Jeez, it's been a long time coming rockshox. Hope it's as good as the hype makes it out to be.
  • 0 0
 i think the author has it right wrt compression/rebound adjustability.. it’s consistent with the detail photos.
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 they should fix the problems with their totems forks before trying their hand at making a reliable shock!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 when can I get a Vivid for my Shocker?
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 They won't sell them to guys that live in the Yukon I hear. Especially ones that love the smell of hockey gear! Haha Jimmy, I'm guessing that shortly after interbike they should start popping up in shops or at least you'll be able to talk to Gabe and Stu and sort one out by them. See ya'll in a few weeks,
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 wow, that thing almost makes me wanna give up my hardtail!
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 Now we can built a whole bike on the great SRAM components Smile
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 i havent had one problem with my totem?
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 ANGRY DRUNK MONKEY!!

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