December 21, 2012
- Consistent compression and and predictable
- Good small bump compliance
- Adjustments have a good range and you can feel the difference between each setting click
- Heavier than equivalent air shocks
- No separate high and low speed compression adjustments
- Cost of rebuilding
The DHX 5.0 coil has a much better consistency to it than the Fox DHX Air shocks. This consistency translates into a predictable shock that keeps the rear wheel lock and tracking. It is a progressive shock that won't dive through its travel, unlike the DHX Air, but you will have to order the correct coil weight for yourself.
The coil is heavier than the air and therefore is up to you if the better performance of the coil is worth the weight penalty.
Since the DHX 5.0 Coil and DHX RC4 are close enough in price that I recommend that you save for a bit longer and splurge on the RC4. The ability to adjust the high and low speed compression really liven up the shock and opens it for better fine tuning.