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Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: '02 C'dale Jekyll 700, '04 C'dale R1000 Double
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I have an '02 Jekyll and have been considering the same course of action since the shock is a unique part to Jekylls. I'm assuming that the shock on your bike is a Manitou because of the year of the bike. My bike has a Fox Float L on it. Fox is the only other company that made a shock for the Jekyll frame; two models were offered through '03, the Float L and Float RL. Float L is air sprung w/ lockout, RL air sprung, lockout and externally adjustable rebound damping. Due to the age of my shock and the fact that I can't seem to break the threads open to replace the seals which need to be done eventually, I'm considering picking up a Float RL before Fox stops making them, I've been given a rough estimate of 350 for a Float RL with new shock collar. One of my LBSs advised me to do this within the next 6 months or so since Fox has stopped supplying C-dale. They also said if I wanted to switch to a Manitou I probably have ~ 1 1/2 years before they will start becoming really hard to find.
I agree with you on the lockout on this bike, I don't have the remote lever for my handlebar, but have grown more warry of using the lockout. I used to use it heavily, espcially when climbing or riding pavement, but forgeting to unlock for downhills was annoying, and due to my weight (220 +) I ovalized the rear reducer and bushing on the shock pretty quickly. Cheap and easy to replace though. I'd be interested to hear what you end up doing.