The Good: Strong,Yet lightweight design.
Ultra Tapered fork legs.
Quality Aluminum Compression cap
Durable and good looking paint
Micro heat treated dropouts,
Fork legs have notch for clearance of pegs
Can run super wide tires.
The Bad: The dropouts are a bit thin for my liking,But have held up well to
grinding,Even with some rough grinds where i hopped a bit too high
and smacked down on a ledge,
Overseas's manufacturing isn't really a bad thing,But when i purchased these
i assumed they were made in the USA at S&M like the first gen shiv and blade forks.
Not lifetime warranty but that's no big deal to me really.
I ordered these as soon as they came out,I was in the market for a new set of forks because i was running a set of S&M Race Xlt forks and i was using pegs with them when i wasn't suppose to,So i sold those to help fund the purchase of the Shiv II forks.
They came in a nice fit box and included a sick poster of van homan doing a 3 turndown over brian foster railing a berm at the same time which hangs above my computer screen now haha.
I first noticed how insanely light the forks were,I was a bit skeptical at first.But the forks have held up awesome to my riding,The welds looked great,I purchased the Matte Black color that matches well with just about any color scheme.
The paint is also very durable and doesn't hardly scratch.The compression cap has a nice fit logo and looks great,It snugs up my headset just fine.The steerer tube length isn't super long but does require you run a good sized headset spacer.I also have tons of tire clearance with a 2.25 and i wouldn't doubt it fits a 2.3 tire pretty good.
So if you are a smooth rider and are looking for a set of lightweight yet strong forks i would buy these!Plus the price is pretty fair at 114.99