How do I choose a rear shock for my mountain bike?

How do I know what size rear shock I need?

The most accurate method for shock measurement:

  1. Measure the eye to eye length.
  2. Attach a shock pump and slowly remove all the air from the shock.
  3. Compress the shock fully and measure the eye to eye length again.
  4. Subtract this measurement from the initial eye to eye length to find the usable stroke. (ie. 185 – 132.5 = 52.5)

Which is the best rear suspension for MTB?

Best rear shocks for mountain bikes: air shocks

  • RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT. Best for easy set-up. …
  • DVO Topaz T3 Air. Best for value. …
  • Fox Float DPS Factory. Best Overall. …
  • Cane Creek DBAir IL. Best entry level. …
  • Fox Float X2 Factory. Best for Enduro. …
  • Marzocchi Bomber CR. Best bargain. …
  • EXT V3 Storia Lok. …

Is ohlins better than Fox?

While forks like the FOX 36 feel like you are suspended by the spring, the Öhlins feels like you are riding on a cushion of oil damped air, staying high but smooth off the top. … On small chatter, it lacks the feedback-rich sensitivity of the RockShox Lyrik or FOX 36 but is impressively smooth in the mid-stroke.

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Can I increase the travel of my rear shock?

The longer the rear shock, the more oil will be available to absorb the shock better. In this scenario, it does make sense to buy a longer rear shock. There will be more oil and space to absorb a lot of the movement of the bike while riding.

Why are Fox shocks so expensive?

they are expensive because they are great. stiff, durable, and in practice can go years without servicing.

Are Hardtails more fun?

Hardtails are a little rougher, but that just adds to the sense of speed, even if you’re not riding as fast. They can even be more fun on some trails: the kind of trail that isn’t too rough and needs a bit of pedaling, a sweet jump trail, or a fresh secret trail where you’re surfing loam all the way down.

Is full suspension mountain bike worth it?

You want a more comfortable ride: A full-suspension mountain bike will soak up most of the jarring bumps that would otherwise be sent to your body (and in some cases, buck you off your bike). This can help reduce fatigue, which in turn can allow you to ride faster, for longer, with greater comfort.

Are Hardtails faster than full suspension?

Speed When It Counts: The aforementioned traction and handling chops that a full-suspension bike possesses mean that on certain racecourses, a full-suspension bike will be faster than a hardtail bike, despite being heavier with slightly less efficient pedaling.

What size spring do I need for my rear shock?

For example, if your shock stroke is 2″, your max spring free length is 130mm and your spring rate is 450lbs, you need a spring that is 2.25″ x 450Lbs x 125mm (if you don’t see a spring that has the exact stroke of your shock you can use a spring with a longer stroke, as long as the free length will fit).

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What spring rate should I get?

Springs should typically be compressed 25-30% of the free length when supporting the weight of the vehicle. Drag race cars will normally use a lighter rate spring (about 30%) to promote weight transfer while a street car will use a firmer rate spring (about 25%).