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    Rear Shock Options for ID

    What are the options besides the 5th Element Air on an ID, if it helps it is an '03?

    Possible to purchase a Fox, not really digging the Romics

    Bike is ****ing killer, it flys! I will post pics soon of the fast summa a beetch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    What are the options besides the 5th Element Air on an ID, if it helps it is an '03? Possible to purchase a Fox, not really digging the Romics
    Bike is ****ing killer, it flys! I will post pics soon of the fast summa a beetch!
    I suggest a PUSH'd RP3. Very light and works awesome on the Id.
    "The best you've ridden is the best you know" - Paul Thede, Race Tech

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    ID shock options.

    I've been running a Fox AVA propedal since my 04 ID was new. I haven't had any problems. Here's an email I got from Adam at Ellsworth regarding shock options:

    "The Id works with a few different shock measurements. You can
    run a 7.875" x 2" for 5 inches of travel, a 7.5" x 2" also for 5
    inches, but it will drop the bottom bracket and slacken the angles.
    Effectively giving the bike a more "all mountain" feel and a little less XC
    feel. Or, you can run a 7.875" x 2.25" for 6 inches of travel. You can
    check out some shock manufacturer's websites for compatable offerings and
    choose what you feel is best."

    I believe Romic, Progressive and Fox (Vanilla RC) are the only companies offering the 7.875" x 2.25" shocks.

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    Fox DHX-C seems to fit based off the specs you got from the email, thanks for that!

    Cannot find it for the DHX-A, any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Fox DHX-C seems to fit based off the specs you got from the email, thanks for that!
    Cannot find it for the DHX-A, any thoughts?
    DHX 5.0, coil or air, will NOT fit the Id. Or, I should say, they will fit - until full compression, at which point the reservoir will deform as it mars your beautiful, anodized down tube.

    My recommendation: go with an Avy Chubie. I did, and it totally transformed my '03 Id.

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    Call Craig

    at Avalanche Downhill Racing.

    http://www.avalanchedownhillracing.com/

    He makes a great product and is a pleasure to deal with.

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    mmm...food for thought. Thanks Reptile, where abouts can I find about this avy chubie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptile
    My recommendation: go with an Avy Chubie. I did, and it totally transformed my '03 Id.
    Craig makes some great shocks. You can also go with the Monte and save a few $$.

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    Rock Shox also makes the Pearl, which has two sizes that would fit the Id:

    Configuration 1: 190x50 (7.5x2.0)
    Configuration 2: 200x50 (7.875x2.0)

    But nothing to give it the full 6" of travel. Manitou makes the Swinger Coil 3 Way (and the air 3 Way) that would fit:

    Eye to Eye X Shaft Travel = 190 X 50 (7.5" X 2.0"); 200 X 50 (7.875" X 2.0");

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    I switched out my Romic w/ Ti spring for the 06 RP3 and I'm lovin' my ride. Gonna sell the romic.

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    What does the RP3 do better than the Romic? Just curious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad1433
    What does the RP3 do better than the Romic? Just curious...
    The Romic's platform is internally set while the RP3 has an externally adjustable platform including no platform, medium platform and max platform. So depending on the terrain and your mood you can switch from these settings and get a slightly different feel/ride. The stock RP3 is OK but the PUSH'd RP3 is just unbeleivable. I have a DHX-c and DHX-a and the PUSH'd RP3 is just much better.
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    hmmmm...I am seriously considering getting a PUSH'd RP3 for the ID, I know they make great products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad1433
    What does the RP3 do better than the Romic? Just curious...

    I don't consider the RP3 to be better that the romic in general, but it suits my riding stlye/preference better as I ride technical XC, want to keep the bike light and prefer to climb over descending. And I weigh under 150lbs so the RP3 is a good match for me, may not be for others. I also like the external propedal settings which scubapro mentioned as an advantage over the Romic.

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