Making 120mm rear suspension go further?

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Posted: May 25, 2022 at 17:07 Quote
Currently own a bike (Marin rift zone 3) with 120mm rear travel. The rear shock has a 50mm stroke and 210mm eye to eye. I've found that the shock that comes stock on the bike (a RockShox Delux debonair RT) to be pretty tight and harsh. This is corroborated by some reviews of the bike that complain about the shock tune being overdamped.

I want to replace the rear shock but don't really know where to start. Does anyone know how to evaluate shock tunes to determine whether or not they'd pair well with a particular frame/ suspension design? Is there a particular science to this or is it a bit of a guessing game?

I've seen some Superdeluxes on buy-sell that match my bike's dimensions going for 300 bucks and have been tempted to buy one, but I don't want to purchase a shock designed for another bike and have it perform poorly on my Rift Zone...

Thanks

Posted: May 25, 2022 at 18:02 Quote
Maybe see a suspension specialist and ask about getting your current shock revalved to a softer tune?

Or you could try lowering the shock pressure for a softer feel, and add some spacers/tokens to help bottom out.

Posted: May 25, 2022 at 18:08 Quote
bridgermurray wrote:
Currently own a bike (Marin rift zone 3) with 120mm rear travel. The rear shock has a 50mm stroke and 210mm eye to eye. I've found that the shock that comes stock on the bike (a RockShox Delux debonair RT) to be pretty tight and harsh. This is corroborated by some reviews of the bike that complain about the shock tune being overdamped.

I want to replace the rear shock but don't really know where to start. Does anyone know how to evaluate shock tunes to determine whether or not they'd pair well with a particular frame/ suspension design? Is there a particular science to this or is it a bit of a guessing game?

I've seen some Superdeluxes on buy-sell that match my bike's dimensions going for 300 bucks and have been tempted to buy one, but I don't want to purchase a shock designed for another bike and have it perform poorly on my Rift Zone...

Thanks
the shock is probably fine. save your money for a new bike. play around with air and rebound. If it really bothers you you could get it reshimmed.

Posted: May 26, 2022 at 9:40 Quote
I just upgraded my Marin RFZ 2 (had the Rockshock deluxe) to a Super Deluxe Ulimate, same dimensions though.

More supple, better tunability. You'll be pleased with it.

Posted: May 26, 2022 at 10:38 Quote
Have you spent much time tuning the pressure, rebound and spacers? I have had bikes that have taken months to get to where I like them, including writing settings down and keeping a log. This may be to anal for some people, but is a good way to optimize the suspension you paid good money for.

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