Rear Shocks Pro Reviews & Articles

Review: Cane Creek DBInline Shock
posted Oct 19, 2014 by Syd Patricio
Having used and loved previous versions of the Cane Creek Double Barrel line of shocks, I was super stoked to test out the new DBInline, especiallybecause I wasn't happy with the stock tune on my Bronson. The factory-supplied shock wasn't up to my expectations, and I...
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A Taste of Italy: Marzocchi Suspension, Alpinestars Sprint + Faster Packs, and Dainese Propack
posted Sep 15, 2014 by Syd Patricio
ENDURO!! Sorry, I added a little Enduro to my cappuccino this morning. At Interbike I saw several great new items for riders who like to go downhill really fast and use climbs as a means to an end (enduro, if you like). If you've ever been to...
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Review: Marzocchi MOTO C2R Shock
posted Sep 2, 2014 by Syd Patricio
Along with their new DH fork, Marzocchi also recently released a new long travel rear shock also aimed for the racer in you. The new Moto C2R w/ Progression booster represents the best shock Marzocchi has produced to date. This all-new shock design, like the 380 C2R2...
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Review: 2014 Fox Float X CTD with Trail Adjust
posted Dec 22, 2013 by Syd Patricio
I had the pleasure to test theFox Float X CTD rear shock with Trail Adjust along with theFox 34 Talas CTD fork. Bikes with longer travel require good control over the rear wheel as well as the front. I can still remember the first fully-suspended bike...
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Review: Rockshox Vivid R2C Shock
posted Nov 8, 2013 by Syd Patricio
TheVivid R2C has been Rock Shox's leading shock for several years. Having made it's way on board numerous World Cup bikes, this shock has won many events. For instance, the Vivid R2C was mounted on Danny Hart's bike for his famous 2011 World Cup Championship win,...
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Review: Kronos Titanium Spring by Springtime
posted Sep 4, 2013 by Syd Patricio
Since I'm always looking for ways to shave weight off my bike (I should be equally as vigilant with myself), I jump at any chance to loose 100+ grams with a simple parts swap. On a downhill bike with a coil spring rear shock, the spring...
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Cane Creek DBAir MTB Shock: Reviewed
posted Aug 27, 2012 by Syd Patricio
Soon after my review of the Cane Creek Double Barrel was published, a small package arrived. Low and behold, it was the shiny, freshly-minted DBAir! Boy was I stoked to try this unit out. My first thought was, "The holy grail has arrived, and it is sitting...
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Cane Creek Double Barrel Shock Review
posted Apr 25, 2012 by Syd Patricio
Man, as short as this winter was, it felt really long. Just before the snow started to fall on the slopes, Cane Creek sent down some gear for testing, including the Double Barrel rear shock. I was super stoked to give this shock a go! Coming from...
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Trail Tuesday: Bear Creek & Pinhoti Trail
posted Dec 20, 2011 by jeff
It took me nearly two months but I finally finished it: my Santa Cruz Tallboy FS 29er was ready to ride! After dialing in the suspension, checking every cable, and adjusting brake pads and levers, I chose the Bear Creek - Pinhoti Trail (P1, P2) loop...
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Review: 2012 Fox RP23 with Adaptive Boostvalve
posted Dec 16, 2011 by Syd Patricio
A few weeks back I reviewed the 2012 Fox TALAS RLC FIT. While I was reviewing that fork I also had the new RP23 installed to control the rear of the bike. Add those two together and you have a lot of butter. It's a silky-smooth...
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Riding One of the Nation's Best Mountain Bike Trails: Trail 401 in Crested Butte, CO
posted Oct 11, 2011 by Greg Heil
Trail 401 is one of the most renowned mountain bike trails in the nation and for good reason: it has all of the qualities that you could ever want in a classic singletrack ride: Delightfully narrow singletrack A long, tough climb with some serious elevation gain A long, fast...
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Manitou Revox Pro MTB Shock Review
posted Oct 10, 2011 by Syd Patricio
I've had the pleasure of testing quite a few mountain bike shocks back-to-back this season, including the new Revox Pro from Manitou. The Revox has gone through a few cosmetic changes and internal tweaks recently. On the surface the new Revox definitely looks much more polished...
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Fox DHX RC4 Mountain Bike Shock Review
posted Jul 14, 2011 by Syd Patricio
For gravity-oriented mountain bikers, the Fox DHX RC4 should already be familiar. But if you're just starting to get serious about DH mountain biking, read on to learn about this essential upgrade. The DHX is your top level rear shock from Fox with more features than you...
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Rockshox Monarch RT3 Shock Review
posted Jun 23, 2011 by Syd Patricio
A short time ago I did a write up on the Rockshox Revelation suspension fork. Well, Rockshox has the back of your bike covered just as well with the Monarch RT3 which could very well be your next go-to rear shock. Read on to find out...
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RockShox Vivid Air R2C Preview
posted Jan 18, 2011 by Syd Patricio
When it comes to gravity riders, depending on who you talk to you get two basic types: those who care about the weight of their rig and those who pretend not to care about weight. But let's face it, weight kills performance: both on the rider...
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Diverse Suspension Dueler Rear Shock Review
posted Jun 21, 2010 by Syd Patricio
While the big three shock manufacturers seem to have the lion's share of the market these days, there are a few companies out there that are working really hard to make a name for themselves. One of those companies, Diverse, is making waves on the FR...
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RockShox Vivid 5.1 MTB Shock Review
posted Apr 30, 2010 by Syd Patricio
Ten days ago I reviewed the RockShox Totem fork and I mentioned testing the matching Vivid 5.1 rear shock as well. Now it's time to let you know a little more about this shock. The RockShox Vivid 5.1 is chock full of features but first I want...
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