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    Mach 429c different rear shock

    Just wondering has anybody tried a different rear shock (for example Monarch or CC db-inline) on the 429 carbon compared to the standard Fox one?

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    Let't try to revisit this, any experiences using CC DBInline with 429C?

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    A friend of mine has a Monarch on his 429c and is very happy with it. He says he likes it more than the fox. Only thing is, I don't know what model of the Monarch he has and if it has been specifically tuned for him. My guess is that it is a Monarch RT3 (not debonair)...

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    Any rear shock is better than a Fox but it has to fit. Having said that, I haven't swapped mine out cuz at 100mm what's the point?
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    An update regarding this, found a great offer on a Monarch RT3 (medium tune) and installed it to my 429C.

    Quick test seems to indicate that the Monarch is indeed an improvement over the original Fox CTD, but the psi setting seems to be a bit odd. To get the recommended 30% sag, the Monarch requires something like 150psi, but with the Fox I used 175-180 psi to get the correct sag.

    I was under the assumption that generally Monarch RT3 requires quite a high psi setting compared to for example Fox? (I'm around 195 lbs. geared, so not a butterfly)
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    I also have the Monarch (RL model), hard to say if it's an improvement because the stock tune is so different to the Fox. The Monarch offers great support and is way more progressive - the lockout is also a lockout which is great.

    The Fox on the other hand blows through the travel too easily and has very little (if any) difference in feel between CTD settings. I think I should get either the Fox or the RS custom tuned. Basic tune settings are always way off for someone under 140lbs...

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    My experience with Fox DPS on 429T has been great so far. It's much more supportive than Monarch and Monarch Plus I had on my previous bikes .

    Unlike Monarch, it stays higher in the travel and offers whole travel where I struggled with Monarch that was blowing through 80% but would never use entire travel.

    It's also less bobby in open mode, but that could be due to suspension design (DW vs Maestro).

    Fox also has lighter compression tune and absorbs slower impacts better giving smoother ride.

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