Here we go again you may be saying but hopefully i can ask this in a more open way. I would like to know how shocks compare to each other, or let me restate that.. What are the levels of shocks by manufacturer. I would like to invest in something good but I am unsure where to start not knowing the technicalities of front shock's. I would just like to know the various levels so I can go and read up on the same sort of shock by the different manufacturers and then decide based on reviews and comfort of trying them out.
1) Are there any manufacturers other than Rock Shox, Marzocchi and Fox that I should be paying attention to?
2) Does anyone have a link where I can see the various levels, like XT = X.9 for deraileurs?
I'm looking at it from a cross country racing point of view.