Cane Creek Valt LW Spring If it ain't
light, it ain't right Significantly lighten your current suspension set up while increasing its performance with the Cane Creek Valt shock spring. Designed to be as light as possible without sacrificing action ...
Fox DPS Factory Metric Shock 2018peak racing performanceWith
a new and improved EVOL air sleeve, Fox's 2018 DPS Factory Rear Shock offers increased responsiveness and sensitivity. The updated valve design delivers improved compression and rebound flow, and the Factory series ...
Fox Van Performance Shock 2018 Designed specifically forbig
hits and fast descents, the VAN performance shock is the budget friendly little brother to the DHX2. With an anodized shaft, 2 position low-speed compression adjustment, rebound, and coil spring preload, the ...
There are so many different types of suspension setups for full-suspension mountain bikes, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the various technologies, terms and choices. But one thing they all have in common is the use of rear shocks. The shock is the heart of any suspension system. It absorbs bumps and hits from the trail and controls the suspension linkages that allow the rear wheel to move up and down, soaking up impacts and hugging the trail as it moves throughout its travel.
Rear shocks consist of two telescopic tubes that slide into each other. They all use a spring mechanism, either air or coil, that compresses under force, and a damping system that regulates the spring’s rate of compression as well as its rebound. Without a damping system, the shock would feel like a pogo stick, bottoming out roughly under full compression and bouncing back too quickly.
Upgrading or replacing a rear shock is a great way to improve the performance of your bike. One of the first things to decide when purchasing one is whether you want an air spring or coil spring. Most shorter travel full-suspension bikes in the XC and trail categories use air springs. One big advantage of an air spring is that it’s much lighter than coil. Air shocks can also be easily adjusted by increasing or decreasing the air pressure with a shock pump. A coil spring, on the other hand, is often favored by enduro and DH riders on more aggressive terrain. At high speeds and big impacts, coil shocks can feel smoother, and they also have a reputation for being super durable.
JensonUSA carries a wide variety of both air and coil-sprung rear shocks from all the major brands including Fox Racing Shox, RockShox, Cane Creek, DVO and others. There are plenty of features and options to consider, including lock-outs, compression and rebound adjustments. When shopping for a new rear shock, it’s important to start by considering compatibility and the amount of travel your bike is designed for. This will help you narrow down your search. Beyond that, you’ll need to know some key measurements such as shock stroke and length (eye-to-eye), and also if you’ll need new shock mounting hardware as well. Our Gear Advisors can help, so feel free to give them a call at 888-880-3811!