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    Fox RP23 for Nomad - will this work?

    I've currently got a RC4 for my Nomad mk2, and I'm looking for an air shock to use when riding more xc trails. I've been looking into the RP23 and there seem to be a number of different tune options available.

    I've found one with the following specs, and I'm wondering what I will notice with a M rebound setting as I think the stock shock comes with a L? Will it still ride fine, or should I keep locking for a shock with a L rebound and velocity settings? If it matters, I'm about 205lbs all kitted up It will be on a Large Nomad. Thanks!


    Boost Valve Tune 175
    Rebound Tune M
    Velocity Tune L
    High Volume

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    The 175 BV is exactly what is specced on the Nomad so you are OK there. M rebound will be fine. L compression might be a bit light for your weight, especially if you are only going to be using the shock on XC trails.

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    Great, thanks very much for that! With the L compression, does this mean there could be some pedal bob? Would I be able to tune this out with the shock adjustment or would it be noticeable enough to have to see it away to get re-tuned?

    I thought I had read that the RP23 that comes on the Nomad has the L compression as stock, is this maybe not the case?

    Thanks a lot again, much appreciated!

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    I wouldn't worry too much about pedal bob. I just meant that at your weight you might be blowing thru the travel pretty easily. I found the shock doing that with the `L' compression tune, and then needed more air pressure to stop it from happening which in turn made the overall ride harsher.

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    You'll want to order the air volume reduction spacers, remove the stock spacer, and replace it with the .6" spacer. This is the OEM config for Santa Cruz Nomad CTDs and I think the RP23 before that.

    I weigh about the same as you and also ride a nomad. I found that increasing the boost valve pressure (via your favorite suspension tuner) makes a big difference for the RP23: I ran 215 PSI with my Rp23 with a Low/Low tune. I sent my M/M/175 CTD (Fox aftermarket tune) to Push. Push does a nice job with the CTD: boost valve for better or worse is done away with, rebound damping improves tremendously; compression actually feels sufficient whereas in stock form it felt very under-damped to me. Incidentally, even with the Push tune, I still run the .6" volume reduction spacer per their recommendation.
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    As a relatively new Nomad owner (only four weeks in) would a best of both worlds option be to keep the RC4 and upgrade to a Ti spring? Would end up costing about the same or possibly even a bit less. I've always thought the RP23, while a good shock, a bit underspeced on a bike like a Nomad especially for the more generously proportioned rider.

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