HELP! Rear shock advice needed

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HELP! Rear shock advice needed
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Posted: Apr 27, 2019 at 14:09 Quote
Hi. My 2017 specialised stumpjumper has a RockShox Monarch RT, Rx 197x48mm. It has just crapped itself and i'm wanting to upgrade. What options do I have?

Posted: Apr 27, 2019 at 14:20 Quote
DVO makes a shock for it (Topaz T3Air), and I've heard good things about the brand with regards to feel, reliability, and customer support

Posted: Apr 27, 2019 at 22:08 Quote
Get any shock that size such as a DPX2 and use a bike yoke adapter

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 at 12:40 Quote
Stumpjumpers routinely kill rear shocks if you ride hard. Their proprietary shock mount causes increased torsional load on the stanchion and seals, and makes the shocks wear a lot faster as a result. this is particularly an issue for riders that corner hard, have stiff wheels, are heavy, or some combination of the three.

Get a BikeYoke adapter. The bolt configuration on it will allow some movement on the mount to preserve your shock life.
You might look at the price and balk, but believe me--it's cheaper than needing a new shock every 500 miles. And then you can get whatever shock you please.

I personally recommend a coil for Horst link bikes like the Stumpjumper. It helps mitigate the suppleness issue many Horst platforms have. If weight is an issue, I'm a huge fan of the DVO Topaz for an air shock.

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 at 12:06 Quote
Where can I get a bike yoke adapter?

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 at 22:14 Quote
I've been looking at the dvo topaz but am not sure how I feel about about the fact that there is no compression adjust on the open setting. Thoughts?

I actually asked Remy Metailler about this on his YouTube channel and he responded saying he was very happy with it. I'm pretty sure he would also have a custom tune though lol.

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