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Old 08-12-08, 08:07 AM   #1
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Rear Shock; Rebuid or New (Looking for recomendations)

i bought a used bike last night, 99 giant xtc ds2 (my first full suspension bike). needs some maintenance. i have a question about the rear shock. it currently has a fox air vanilla float on it, but it needs a rebuild cause it leaks down.i found places to rebuild them, and found the kits as well to do it my self. but at this point since it needs repair i am contemplating getting a new shock in replacement. im 5'8" 230 and ride on a number or trails from paved, to crushed limestone, to single/double tracks.

- how good or bad is the air vanilla float
- is it worth it to rebuild for what i am riding
- what is a good replacement shock
- air or oil and why
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Old 08-12-08, 09:58 AM   #2
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For that suspension design a rebuild of your existing shock is fine.
If you want to upgrade, and have the cash, I suggest a smart shock with propedal and lockout.
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I agree - - a rebuild is probably the most prudent way to go.

There are services Like PUSH Indistries that could perform a deluxe upgrade/rebuild but it is probably beyond the shock's worth to go that extravagant. The most economical way to replace it would be to buy a 5th Element from Santa Cruz Bikes if they are still clearing any out - - BUT - - your eye-to-eye length needs to be the same for that to be a viable option.

I prefer coil over air-only but Fox air shocks are proven performers and will be lighter.

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