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    Rear shock upgrade? (First Post)

    Hey guys new to the site and sport. I have an old Diamondback V Link 1.1 and I'm just wondering what rear shocks are compatible with it. Its got a Fastrax (LT I think) with 3 inches of travel. I would like to have more travel but not sure if its possible. Any help would be appreciated. This is it. 1997 Diamondback V-Link 1.1 - New and Used Bike Value Try not to laugh but I love it.

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    You don't want to try and put a longer shock on it. That would put loads on the frame and wheels that they were not designed for. It would also change the fork angle ,which could screw up the the steering.You could put on a better shock . You would need to know the length eye to eye compressed and the shock travel in inches. You would also need a couple of hundred bucks . Save you money for something newer.

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    if u add extra travel, the longer shock is going to raise the bottom bracket, steepen the head tube and shorten the wheel base some, it will mess up the ride...try playing with different springs

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    Thanks guys. I think I'm just gonna play with some adjustments.

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    u could get an air shock with the same length as the old one, they are great and easily adjustable with a shock pump...their worth it, they ride super smooth if thats what ur looking for

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