Fox Racing Shox DHX Air 5.0 Rear Shock Review

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December 17, 2012
Model/Year: DHX 5.0 Air 2010

Pros: - Boost value
- Pro pedal
- Weight
- Silky smooth
- Soft
- Responsive

Cons: - Frequent maintenance
- High air pressures
- Bottom out easily

Recommendation: A descent air shock but not quite as good as its coil counterparts. The DHX 5.0 Air is as smooth as Fox's coils but does not provide a progressive travel experience. With 25% sag I found myself still blowing through all of the travel and never actually feeling any difference in shock performance as the stroke went through the travel. On top of that I had to run the PSI almost to the max in order to make it rideable.

One positive I did find was how soft the shock was despite how much air pressure I ran it at. The shock is certainly plush. However I did have to keep the pro pedal engaged 24/7 in order for it not to bottom out while riding.

I recommend trying a different air shock (i.e. Double Barrel Air, XFusion Vector Air, or Rock Shox Monarch or Vivid) or to purchase a coil instead of the DHX 5.0 Air.

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December 16, 2010
Pros: Great shock for all types of riding. If you are over 200lbs this is the shock you want. Takes everything and if you want that hardtail experience switch the lever. Great Shock

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Fox Racing Shox DHX Air 5.0 4.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.