So I realize this topic has been breached but I wanted to show how my shock swap worked out. I stole the DHX Air from my 06 Enduro Pro and put it on my Transition Blindside. It reduced the travel on the Blindside from 8.1 to 7.3. Since I run a 170mm Marzocchi 66 on it I wanted to see how the bike felt as a 7" x 7" bike. The result is it felt great.
Now for the Specialized content. The DHX Air felt super smooth and almost better than coil-like on the Enduro Pro. However, it would bottom out like crazy regardless of air pressure. So I did the shock mod on it where you shim the external air chamber and it certainly made it better but not perfect. Then I put it on the Blindside, aired it up with about 50 extra psi to compensate for the 3:1 leverage ratio, and it felt fantastic. Perfect sag, super smooth, and perfect ramp up at the end of the travel. All this with absolutely no bottoming out. Weird I know and certainly not what I expected. But I was stoked nonetheless.
So then I was out a shock for the Enduro. I purchased a Pushed Float RP3 from a dude who weight a lot more than me and it felt like ass. But he also had a Float AVA for $75 extra and I bought it too. I put it on the Enduro and it feels great. Not quite as smooth as the DHX Air, a better platform, and absolutely no harsh bottoming. I used the steep head angle shock shuttle with this shock, 8.5 x 2.5, and the geometry is the same as the stock 8.75 x 2.5 DHX Air.
So for all of you who have never liked the DHX Air on the Enduro I would suggest picking up a Float for cheap and using the steep shock shuttle. It completely fixed the only thing I didn't like about this great frame. Hopefully this was helpful for those of you who didn't want to thread through the bajillion post mega enduro thread concerning this same topic.
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