Top 5 rear shocks

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Top 5 rear shocks
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Posted: Aug 22, 2010 at 11:06 Quote
what about a dhx5 pushed?

Posted: Sep 11, 2010 at 17:35 Quote
marquis wrote:
Waldon83 wrote:
Not going to throw in my two cents, but talking to the James and Arther at suspensionwerx in North Van they stated this:

The CCDB is by far the best shock they have dealt with, it has no cheap parts and nothing inside of it that can break.
Secondly, they said the RC4 is the best shock on the market that people are riding, once it is set up right, it performs perfectly.

They recommended that, over the Stage 5 as they have had to deal with some great working stage 5's, but some shitty ones that just wont work, no matter how many times you rebuild it. And they also said the stage five, although highly adjustable, it's like they were 2mm out, every time.
The Fox RC4 on the other hand, does not need to be pushed or re worked as the tuning is spot on.

I asked them about the Bos Sex Toy and they couldn't comment as they have not really had their hands on them at all.

So yeah, but each to his own. My vivid is there right now and don't get me wrong, I really like my vivid, but I have also purchased a RC4 just by going with what they said.

Vivid is nice but lacks high speed compression,which is kinda dumb when nearly all shocks have high and low speed compression,your also basing your facts of one shop so will pass on taking your advice thanks very much.


Fine by me, but that "One Shop" is owned by two guys that were suspension specialists on the world cup circuit for 5 years (among other jobs) and both BC reps for Cove Bikes and Giant Canada. But believe what you want

Posted: Sep 11, 2010 at 17:43 Quote
#1 to me.....

'07 Progressive 5th Element cvt5

I have never run a better rear shock than this one. tup

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 10:04 Quote
best performing shock I've run to date is my CCDB. takes a bit of time to get it dialed in, but fantastic control in all situations. I have ~100hrs on mine this season, with no issues, and single clicks of adjustment make noticeable changes.

HOWEVER, not all has been great with Cane Creek for me this season, and I feel that others (at least Canadians) should be aware since so many like to product hump them. I needed new DU bushings for it this spring, and it took just over 5 weeks to get them from CC. I lost 1/3 of the season waiting on those parts, and when they arrived the reducers weren't even correct (no big deal, had the guys at Ridleys shorten them....). Malcolm responded to emails quickly before the order was put in, but responded to nothing after I started to complain 4 weeks later.

perhaps just bad luck? I thought so, but am currently at over 6 weeks waiting for a slightly stiffer spring from Cane Creek. when I ordered the spring, I was told that it was in stock and ready to ship.....6+ weeks later, still nothing. Thinking that maybe they don't care about individuals, I've had the guys at Calgary Cycle inquire for me, but still nothing. I'm kicking myself for ordering again from them, but no shop here had springs that would fit over the body of the double barrel. I found out a week after I ordered from CC that Avalanche springs will fit a CCDB....Craig had my Avalanche AVA cartridge in my hands 12 days after ordering it. hell, Craig called me 10 minutes after ordering to make sure I was getting exactly what I wanted, even called later to see how I liked it.

no idea what the main cause of my issues is, whether it was CC themselves or their Canadian distributor, but more than one shop in town informed me that they've had similar "waiting periods" when dealing with them. regardless of the cause, I find it completely unacceptable given how expensive their products are.

my CCDB is due for service this fall and, to be honest, I'm terrified at the prospect of sending it to them. particularly when everything else has been double/triple the price of the equivalent Fox parts. I can only imagine how upset I would be if the shock blew mid-season.....

sucks, as it really is a wonderfully performing, very reliable shock for DH. given my poor luck, I'm strongly leaning towards selling the thing this fall and going with a RC4. have never had issues with wait times with Fox. or Marzocchi. or Progressive for that matter. to say that I'm disappointed is an understatement.

/rant

now, the worst shock I've ever ran on a DH bike is without question the Fox 5.0 Air. the only way to get any mid-stroke control was to run huge amounts of pro-pedal, which destroyed any small-bump compliance. no middle ground, it either had small-bump compliance and blew through its travel, or it felt like shit. it was reliable, and lightweight, though. LOL

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 10:16 Quote
CCDB
DHX RC4
Revox
DHX 5
Vanilla RC

I have never tried the elka though, i hear they're amazing!

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 10:23 Quote
stage 5
diverse dueler
vivid 5.1
monarch 4.1
DHX 5.0

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 11:56 Quote
DHmonkey123 wrote:
stage 5
diverse dueler
vivid 5.1
monarch 4.1
DHX 5.0
i hate the vivid, has no small bump compliance

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 12:22 Quote
its interesting how many people say the elka

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 12:25 Quote
DHmonkey123 wrote:
stage 5
diverse dueler
vivid 5.1
monarch 4.1
DHX 5.0

you think a DHX is better than a rc4, or a CCDB...?

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 14:04 Quote
odin333 wrote:
DHmonkey123 wrote:
stage 5
diverse dueler
vivid 5.1
monarch 4.1
DHX 5.0

you think a DHX is better than a rc4, or a CCDB...?

guessing he's never ridden a RC4 or CCDB, only commenting on what he has experience with? dunno

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 14:22 Quote
z-man wrote:
DHmonkey123 wrote:
stage 5
diverse dueler
vivid 5.1
monarch 4.1
DHX 5.0
i hate the vivid, has no small bump compliance

Mine had wonderful small bump compliance granted it was tuned.

Posted: Sep 12, 2010 at 14:30 Quote
Not sure about the rc4 but I have ran a BOS for 2 years and just switched over to elka for my new bike and have been really impressed with it. Haven't had a single problem with it, it is really easy to set up and once tuned correctly is up there with the best of the shocks; along with being £300 cheaper. I would definitely recommend it. That said, if you have the money BOS are really impressive, they are very efficient with their mid stroke so don't wallow as much as cheaper shocks do so you can run them a lot softer than normal.

Posted: Jul 20, 2011 at 7:10 Quote
Does anyone else come to threads like this when trying to purchase a new shock and then leave even more confused? That's how I feel, haha


 
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