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    • #88014

      Hi,

      I’ve got a 2008 Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 50 with a stock Fox RP23 rear shock. I am considering replacing the air shock with a coil and just wanted to know if anyone has any experience with a coil on this particular frame. Some of the shocks I am looking at are the Fox Van R, Rock Shox Vivid 5.1, and the Manitou Swinger x6. My main reason for looking into a coil shock is that I am trying to transition from all mountain riding into freeriding and don’t feel entirely comfortable with an air shock. The trails that I ride all require some climbing on them, so I need something that gives me the ability to climb but also rips on the way down. If anyone has some recommendations I would really appreciate it.

      Shock dimensions: 7.875×2.25
      Frame Size: 18in

    • #88015

      If the RP23 has the XV (extra volume) sleeve, it’s actually pretty decent for freeriding.

      Otherwise, I’d look at the Fox DHX Air, lighter than a coil, but definitely burly enough for FR action. Coils are nice and plush, and the VanR is a great shock, but I have no experience with the others (RS and Manitou).

    • #88016

      I definitely like the Fox RC4 but the price is a little too rich for my blood and that was my main reason for looking at the other shocks. I would like to keep the price below $350 since I want to upgrade my wheels as well. My RP23 does not have the extra air sleeve, I believe that feature is only available on the DHX 5.0 air. The Van R price point is very attractive although I have seen some DHX 5.0 coil shocks on ebay for around that price as well. One other shock I forgot to mention is the Marzocchi Roco TST R coil shock. Does anyone have experience with this shock? I believe that the Roco has a similar Propedal feature like the DHX line of shocks, although I believe they call it trail selection. Thanks for the responses. 😃

    • #88017

      The RP23 XV doesn’t have a separate (aka remote) reservoir, like the DHX Air and others, but the XV has a bigger than normal sleeve. Push Industries will install them and they were a factory option from Fox (Bikes like the Trek Remedy 9 and the Devinci Hectik have them installed). More air volume means lowere air pressure = more linear/plush response while keeping weight low. I think the sleeve will say, Extra Volume or XV somewhere on it.)

      If the stroke on your RP23 had been 2.0" instead of 2.25" I’d consider buying it for my Dawg. 😢

      My brother demo’d a bike (SC Nomad) with a Roco TST R and really liked it.

    • #88018

      I just checked my shock and it says high volume on the air sleeve. Is this the same as extra volume? If it is, should I keep my current shock and save the extra money?

    • #88019

      yes, the high volume sleeve is the same as the extra volume sleeve that 8valvegrowl mentioned. IMO i would just keep the RP23 shock and use the money towards a nice wheelset.

    • #88020

      ^x2 on what Trailrider said. That shock should be fine for all but the most punishing FR use.

      A new wheelset is always a nice investment.

    • #88021

      I think you guys are right, its probably best to keep the RP23 and use the money towards a new wheelset. Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. 😃

    • #88022

      No worries and good luck!

    • #88023

      I would highly recommend a fox DHX Air. I put one on mine and haven’t looked back since. It is ridiculously plush and completely changes the bike. I’ve ridden it down diablo freeride park multiple times without so much as approaching bottom-out. Also put a set of Azonic Outlaws on the bike which completely change it’s character, if you’re still looking for a good wheel set. They fit great on this bike, and make it a lot tougher.

      Has anyone ever thought of putting a dual crown fork on their slayer sxc? Sounds kind of ridiculous, but it seems tough enough to handle that kind of thing. Idk about the head angle though.

    • #88024
      "kbrock" wrote

      Also put a set of Azonic Outlaws on the bike which completely change it’s character, if you’re still looking for a good wheel set. They fit great on this bike, and make it a lot tougher.

      Has anyone ever thought of putting a dual crown fork on their slayer sxc? Sounds kind of ridiculous, but it seems tough enough to handle that kind of thing. Idk about the head angle though.

      I was looking at buying the Outlaws, been looking into the red version. They seem like such a great value for a freeride wheelset. I think that you could put a duel crown on a slayer but would be worried that it would change the geometry of the bike to much or cause more stress on the frame than what Rocky Mountain designed it for. I believe that the slayer has a 68 degree head angle with the stock Fox 36. From what I have read it seems that for every 10mm change in fork travel there is half a degree change in the head angle. It would be interesting to see if you could make the slayer even more of a FR/DH bike. I also have the red slayer, just a great all round bike.

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