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    Best shock for the HD?

    Looking to change my rp23, ride typical east coast rocks and roots, pretty aggressive. I don't shy away from 3-5' drops, but nothing really crazy, kinda like most people with HD's, love to ride hard suffer the hills to bomb down!! strongly leaning towards the CCDBA, also considering going 650b/140mm. Thanks for any help here!

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    This winter i just purchased the CCDBA. After scouring over every review i could find of the shocks that were in the running (Vivid air, Fox DHX air, CCDBA, Roco tst air), the CCDBA was the only shock that i didn't see anything negative about. The only thing that people complained about was the set up time due to all of the adjustments. I haven't had a chance to ride it yet but i think it will do the job.
    The riding around Alberta sounds similar to yours; roots and rocks, plus the mountain are just a stones throw away. So if you don't mind taking the time to set it up right, the CCDBA is, in my opinion, the way to go.

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    There's no, "Best Shock". Just like there is no best bike....especially if you are a true AM Rider. Mixing XC with Freeride takes a lot of compromise, if it's tires, geometry, travel, etc. There is no way you can get a bike to excel at everything. You really need multiple bikes to do it right.

    Have you tried the Fox Air shims to make the RP23 more progressive? I am running the large shim and found it improved the feel of the RP23.

    Regardless of all that...if I was to get a new shock I would get the CCDB Air. The new Rockshox Monarch is revised this year as well...it would be a second choice for more XC performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recleaver View Post
    Looking to change my rp23, ride typical east coast rocks and roots, pretty aggressive. I don't shy away from 3-5' drops, but nothing really crazy, kinda like most people with HD's, love to ride hard suffer the hills to bomb down!! strongly leaning towards the CCDBA, also considering going 650b/140mm. Thanks for any help here!
    Sounds like the same kind of riding I do. My HD is at 160 and tried the Monarch plus and then the CCDBA. Went with the CCDBA. 4 to 5 foot plus drops all day with some to flat, not a wimper. No bottom out problems. No complaints about the pedaling. Go for it!
    Remember, you are unique, just like everyone else.

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    Craig @ Avalanche can get you a fine tuned shock for your riding style. I ride his SSD in a DHX 5 converted chassis and it is awesome.

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    I have a monarch tuned by suspension techniques and i am digging it. Much smoother and more tunable than the modded rp23 i had. I did see the new ctd at sea otter today and it shows some promise. Much more linear than the previous model.

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