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    Monarch 4.2 in a HL spot?

    I am thinking about replacing my DHX Air with a Monarch 4.2 in my '05 5Spot.
    Contrary to most riders I found the DHX A working not too bad, but maybe this is due to my weight (70kg geared up), that my spot still has the original 5.1 rockers and I prefer a rather plush ride.

    Since I have already ordered the 5.5 rockers and my DHX A needs a full service I thougt about replacing it. I could get a monarch 4.2 HV tune C very cheap at the moment.

    I have read very differnet opinions about the monarch. Some say it matches or even outperforms a RP23, others find it not as subtle.

    Any experience with this shock or thoughts about this swap?

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    I have one in my stable of shocks, used it on my spot with 5.5 rockers. I liked it better than a stock RP3, but not better than my Pushed RP3, once that was properly shimmed for me. I certainly like the monarch better than the dhx-air I had years ago, if that helps.
    The pedaling platform on the monarch offers you more tuning than the rp3, IMO.
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    I've been riding a Monarch 4.2 B tune with a High Volume air can for about a year on my Spot (with 5 inch rockers). I also like my bikes quite plush. Not a big fan of ProPedal/ SPV, so I really am enjoying the RockShox. Also quite easy to service if you are that way inclined...

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    Thanks guys, sounds like I should give it a try.
    The only thing that still worries me a bit is the c tune of the monarch I have been offered.
    I am not sure if this is too much dampening for the spot frame combined with my weight.

    Is it possible to re-shim the monarch, and if so, are the parts available at a normal rock shox dealer?

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    How about the RS MCS 3.3 ?

    I also had an offer for a cheap Rock Shox MCS 3.3. Any experience with this rear shock for the SPOT?

    Thanks!

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    No experience with a monarch on a spot. However, my friends little brother has a SC heckler with one on it. The shock is pretty cheap feeling to me. His lockout thing stopped working after about a week on the bike. his constantly has problems. I think he may have a dud, but all I know, is that it feels like complete crap. The dhx feels way better imo, not to mention an rp2. But, if you want to give it a shot, i say go for it. Im convinced his is a dud after reading the above comments... oh, and sram has amazing customer service. they're super lazy, so they'd rather just completely replace your part, than fix it. and that is what i have found them to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luseboy
    oh, and sram has amazing customer service. they're super lazy, so they'd rather just completely replace your part, than fix it. and that is what i have found them to do.
    I think the Monarch rides about the same as an RP3.

    I have killed two in a short time. One lost air spring seal-replaced no questions. One lost all platform damping-replaced no questions. i have never killed an RP3(or RP23).

    You will likely find the C tune harsh.
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Strampler, why don't you ask if you can try out the Monarch on your bike? The mounting kit from your Fox will fit into the eyelets of the Monarch. How badly can you screw it up in one or two rides...?
    I work for the SRAM distibuters in South Africa and have found that there have been a few minor niggles with the Monarch: usually just small things like the main air seal being fitted dry so it obviously doesn't last very long, or the swivel valve coming loose from the body - stupid things that shouldn't happen on a new shock but is actually quite easy to fix/prevent. Like others have mentioned, SRAM is very good at sorting out warranties if that becomes necessary.
    I have very little experience with Fox shocks so cannot give you my opinion on those. But like I said before, if you like a plush ride then the Monarch sounds like your kind of shock. I have been riding the B tune, but would like to try the C for lighter XC type riding - the B moves through its travel very easily just from weight shift or hard pedal strokes, but is great in the rough stuff. I have loaned my shock to a few guys here - the "trail riders" love the B, but the XC guys generally would like a bit more compression damping (of the C)
    One warning: make sure the swivel valve is out of the way of the rockers when you fit it to your bike.
    Like i said, see if you try it and decide from there. Let us know.
    (I'm also about 70kg - 155psi in mine with High Volume air can)

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