I've been ridding a Tallboy for 2 years, since before there were letters after the name. I came from a Rip9 but that's another story.
I really liked the Tallboy but wasn't 100% happy with the rear shock. I started with the stock Rp23 and had too much mid stroke wallow. I think what really effected me was riding a single speed hardtail half the time. I found I was always using the platform and I came to want a firmer and firmer feel. I didn't notice or care about pedal bob and am not an mtb racer but was annoyed by a wallowy feel. I switched to an RT3 Monarch about a year ago to get more platform and it was better but with both shocks I kept upping the pressure for a firmer feel. I also liked how the bike rode with less sag while climbing. The downside was not using 3/8" of the shock travel and it was fairly harsh on rough downhills. I was considering buying a Pushed RT3 but they are difficult* to get and expensive. A Monarch XX with full lockout was another option.
Instead I gave in and bought an inexpensive used 2012 Epic alloy frame. For the feel I want it's better. With the brain 2 clicks from full on it's firm while pumping smooth terrain but opens up on rough downhills to be much plusher than my Tallboy was. However I can't imagine buying a Horst link bike without the brain as it has so much pedal bob without the the brain set high. A DW link bike with the brain would be a winner in my book. I also plan to send the shock to specialized yearly for service but will probably try to get a 2014 carbon Epic frame at some point.
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