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simonm
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« on: 17 Jan 09, 15:32 »

Im runing this thread on SDH but would appreciate comments from GS peeps,

Just getting a 6" AM type bike, and it has a wide choice of shocks.  DXH5 Air, Coil or RP23   Which way should I go ?  I like the idea of a DHX5 Air but all the reading on the internet is pretty negative about blowing through travel etc.

Opionions appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: 17 Jan 09, 15:49 »

TF won't sell or service DHX Air shocks as they don't like them.  Good enough anti-recommendation for me.

I gather that the RP23 (or PUSHed RP2) are great shocks though if you want air.
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« Reply #2 on: 17 Jan 09, 15:58 »

mmm, heard that also..  The 6" bike is single pivot, which worries me more about the use of the DHX Air....
Have the RP23 on the Meta... works well
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« Reply #3 on: 17 Jan 09, 16:01 »

DHX Coil with a Ti spring.

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« Reply #4 on: 17 Jan 09, 16:12 »

Or Push the RP23 and sniff around for a S/H Vanilla for the occasional DH day....
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« Reply #5 on: 17 Jan 09, 16:16 »

Could be an option
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« Reply #6 on: 17 Jan 09, 18:51 »

I'd go with the coil and Ti spring option. I don't trust air shocks at all,witchcraft!
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« Reply #7 on: 18 Jan 09, 11:33 »

Van R with a coil spring.  Cheaper and at least as good as a DHX5 - without all the adjustments that you a) really don't need on a 6" travel bike and b) probably set up wrong anyway.

Got one on my trail bike (by choice, it came with an RP23 which I sold on ebay for 216!).

The factory set propedal in the latest Van R is absolutely perfect in my opinion and ideally suited to AM riding.  Don't miss any levers or dials and I don't think twice about getting the bike covered in shit 3 times a week and washing by dunking in a river.
You just get on the bike and ride it.
Oh and they look cool!


Cost options are
199 from Mojo (with bush kit)
150 trade through a mate in a bike shop
115 from US ebay (with spring too, but no warranty and a risk of import taxation)

Edit: in fact, you could get one from Mojo and have it custom tuned by them from new and it'd still be cheaper than a DHX.  Or spend the money you saved on a Ti spring, which is oh-so-necessary!
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« Reply #8 on: 18 Jan 09, 12:41 »

Not a bad idea at all Trig, Didnt realise it had propedal platform...
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« Reply #9 on: 18 Jan 09, 21:30 »

I used to have a van r with propedal on my old dh bike which i managed to pedal up a few of the climbs at afan & glyncorrwyg. You cannot go wrong with a coil shock imo.
What bike are you getting si?

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« Reply #10 on: 18 Jan 09, 22:18 »

Orange Alpine 160... otherwise known as something like a patriot but lighter now..
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« Reply #11 on: 19 Jan 09, 17:34 »

Thats pretty similar to what I've got the Van R on - a Morewoods Shova.
Think the Shova is slightly less travel and a bit more "trail" than FR like the Orange Alpine, but not a million miles apart.

Suits the bike perfectly I reckon.

A mate of mine did a mag test of the Orange Alpine last month.  Said it felt real nice in general, but a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none.  Guess thats possibly what you're looking for though.
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« Reply #12 on: 19 Jan 09, 17:49 »

yeh trig, about sums me up too ;-)   
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« Reply #13 on: 19 Jan 09, 23:22 »

Oh and I forgot to mention, the Alpine he tested had an RP23 on it and while it was good, he said he never felt the need to touch the PP lever, even on tarmac ascents.

And all Fox shocks have "Propedal", without exception - even the standard Float or Van ones.

You should probably also bare in mind that my opinion on these things is always gonna be coil, not air biased.  I've never seen the point in air shocks.  I mean, why?

What would make more sense to me would be a Coil RP23, if you really wanted on/off dials on a freeride bike - and actually Marzocchi make one called the Roco TST.  Maybe something else to (confuse) consider?
I had one on my old Patriot and it was pretty good.  The TST has 5 positions, but I only used fully on or fully off.  Its not a complete lock out, but not far off - its pretty idetical to the RP23 lever, but on a coil shock
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« Reply #14 on: 20 Jan 09, 12:49 »

Cheers Trig, I'n the end I've got a good Deal from Stiff with the RP23 free, and then a good bit of discount more.

I know when Im at Wharncliffe on it I'm going to prefer coil, but want air when Im riding up.. I'm going to ride it a bit, see how it stacks up, then either push the RP23 or search for a Van coil OR Roco if I feed it needs to be plusher on the descents. Dont mind swapping shocks over for differnet rides really.

thanks for all the advice ;-)
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