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    Spring Shocks vs. Shocks that require air

    So I was looking at bikes again, and the Ibex trophy comp pages says the shocks need an air pump. Do air shocks work better?

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    Depends. Air shocks are more tuneable to a riders weight/riding style and are typically more progressive (spring rate ramps up towards the end). There are some linear air shocks. Air shocks are typically lighter as well. The nice thing about a coil is that even if you blow it out, you can still ride it out. Each has it's pros and cons. Not neccesarily better or worse.

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    You can get a pump on line or buy from your LBS.

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    I've tried both...

    Following trying both types of shock I'd say the spring shock is better for really hitting the large bumps and not worrying about whether or not you will be able to make it off the trail if you have mechanical problems also, it is more of a set it and forget it type of shock...
    An air shock is much more tuneable and generally lighter, I haven't had any problem with any of my air shocks leaking however, I know over time they will develop leaks and I'll have to check the air pressure more and more...
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    that's like asking if Shimano or Sram is better. There are true believers on either side of the fence and they will never agree. You'll see a lot of well-thought out arguments for both if you look around (you'll also see a lot of poorly thought out arguments, and a lot of repitition of BS from the LBS).

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