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Whether for a hard tail or dualie, shocks are an important consideration for your mountain bike. Dual suspension mountain bikes in particular have enjoyed huge advancements over the years, most notably due to shock performance upgrades and new technologies. As trail and XC riders, you're familiar with the struggle of your rear damper bobbing up and down as you make a long climb, and that excess motion is highly inefficient. Current frame designs and rear shocks mean that dual suspension bikes are totally do-able now, so the rear shock cannot be overlooked as just another bike component. Popular shock manufacturers offer air and coil-over versions of their shocks in order to fit virtually any frame. You'll have shock options such as: a lock-out mechanism; high and low speed compression settings which you can adjust, sometimes on the fly; high and low speed rebound, great for setting control levels for your rides; and efficiency settings for how you pedal. There is also the issue of spring rates, which applies to either air or coil. Basically, you'll find a plentitude of rear shocks for every mountain bike and every riding style. So how do you choose a mountain bike shock? There are two primary types of rear shocks: coil-over and air shocks.

An air shock is built with an internal chamber in which compressed air provides the shock resistance you desire. A coil shock works by compression of a steel or titanium spring - hence the name spring-loaded shock - which is found outside the shock body. Both these types of suspension have been in use since before mountain bikes came into vogue, and both are trustworthy shock options. You may recall that BMX bikes were built in the 1970's with shocks, in which case both the front and rear shock (if there was one) was a spring variety. Between air and spring based shocks, the biggest notable difference is the weight. Generally speaking, coil-over shocks (even if built with a titanium spring) will be heavier than air-sprung shocks. Look at XC race bikes - note that you'll hardly ever see one with a coil shock, due to the weight disadvantage. When measuring a shock's characteristics, eye-to-eye is defined as the distance between the two eyelets at either end of the shock, which in turn are the bolt points to the frame. The stroke of a rear damper is a measurement of the length of the shock's ability to compress. The stroke number should be specified as to be independent of whatever frame it would be used on, and is equivalent in rough terms to travel measurement of a fork. Before buying a shock, be sure to do some online research and to read bicyclist product reviews. Through reading, you will uncover specifics about a particular shock model, gather user impressions, and hone in on which shock is right for your application.

Still have questions? Online mountain bike forums are a great resource to get advice from knowledgeable cyclists who have installed and ridden all sorts of shocks.

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Snowboarding Shocks
Manitou Swinger Spv 3-Way Rear Air Shock
Manitou Swinger Spv 3-Way Rear Air Shock
$129.95
At: Cambria Bike  
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Manitou Radium Rl Rear Air Shock 2010
Manitou Radium Rl Rear Air Shock 2010
$179.95
At: Cambria Bike  
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Manitou Isx-1 Rear Air Shock 2010
Manitou Isx-1 Rear Air Shock 2010
$179.99
At: Cambria Bike  
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➢ by Manitou
Cane Creek Double Barrel Rear Shock
Cane Creek Double Barrel Rear Shock
$558.00
At: Jenson USA  
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➢ by Cane-Creek
Cane Creek Double Barrel Air Rear Shock
Cane Creek Double Barrel Air Rear Shock
$585.00
At: Jenson USA  
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Manitou Swinger Spv 4-Way Rear Air Shock
Manitou Swinger Spv 4-Way Rear Air Shock
$249.95
At: Cambria Bike  
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Monarch R Rear Shock
Monarch R Rear Shock
$196.00
At: Cambria Bike  
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Monarch RL Rear Shock
Monarch RL Rear Shock
$235.00
At: Cambria Bike  
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Fox Float CTD Rear Shock 2014
Fox Float CTD Rear Shock 2014
$319.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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Kage RC Rear Shock
Kage RC Rear Shock
$248.00
At: Cambria Bike  
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Fox Van RC Coil Rear Shock 2014
Fox Van RC Coil Rear Shock 2014
$319.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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Fox Float CTD ADJ Boost Valve Rear Shock 2014
Fox Float CTD ADJ Boost Valve Rear Shock 2014
$449.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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Answer Manitou Rear Shock Repair Labor
Answer Manitou Rear Shock Repair Labor
$179.95
At: Cambria Bike  
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Fox DHX RC4 Coil Rear Shock 2014
Fox DHX RC4 Coil Rear Shock 2014
$599.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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Fox Float X CTD ADJ Rear Shock 2014
Fox Float X CTD ADJ Rear Shock 2014
$574.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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Fox Float Remote CTD Boost Valve Rear Shock 2014
Fox Float Remote CTD Boost Valve Rear Shock 2014
$469.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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Fox Float X CTD Remote Rear Shock 2014
Fox Float X CTD Remote Rear Shock 2014
$594.98
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Manitou Radium Expert Air Shock
Manitou Radium Expert Air Shock
$180.00
At: Cambria Bike  
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Manitou Swinger 3-Way Spv Coil Rear Shock
Manitou Swinger 3-Way Spv Coil Rear Shock
$149.95
At: Cambria Bike  
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2014 Marzocchi Roco Lite Rear Shock
2014 Marzocchi Roco Lite Rear Shock
$264.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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➢ by Marzocchi
2014 Marzocchi Roco TST R Rear Shock
2014 Marzocchi Roco TST R Rear Shock
$314.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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2014 Marzocchi Rocco Air RC Rear Shock
2014 Marzocchi Rocco Air RC Rear Shock
$354.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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2014 Marzocchi Roco Air TST R Rear Shock
2014 Marzocchi Roco Air TST R Rear Shock
$334.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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➢ by Marzocchi
Shimano Crankset FC-M785 170x38-26 HT2 Black 10
Shimano Crankset FC-M785 170x38-26 HT2 Black 10
$262.25
At: QBike  
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➢ by Shimano
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DT Swiss Hub Rear 180 RD 32x130x5mmQR SHI White
DT Swiss Hub Rear 180 RD 32x130x5mmQR SHI White
$645.95
At: QBike  
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➢ by DT-Swiss
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Sun Bicycles Trike Frame 24in 2011 Raspberry
Sun Bicycles Trike Frame 24in 2011 Raspberry
$101.75
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Rockshox Vivid R2C B1 Rear Shock
Rockshox Vivid R2C B1 Rear Shock
$430.00
At: Jenson USA  
➢ by Rock Shox
Rockshox Vivid Air R2C B1 Rear Shock
Rockshox Vivid Air R2C B1 Rear Shock
$674.00
At: Jenson USA  
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➢ by Rock Shox
2014 Marzocchi Moto C2R w/ Progression Booster Rear Shock
2014 Marzocchi Moto C2R w/ Progression Booster Rear Shock
$549.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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➢ by Marzocchi
Cane Creek Cloud 9 Rear Shock
Cane Creek Cloud 9 Rear Shock
$224.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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➢ by Cane-Creek
2014 Marzocchi Roco Lo Rear Shock
2014 Marzocchi Roco Lo Rear Shock
$304.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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2014 Marzocchi Moto C2R Rear Shock
2014 Marzocchi Moto C2R Rear Shock
$469.98
At: Blue Sky Cycling  
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➢ by Marzocchi
Fox DHX RC4 Rear Shock 2015
Fox DHX RC4 Rear Shock 2015
$600.00
At: Jenson USA  
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➢ by Fox
Manitou Metel Rp Rear Coil Shock 2010
Manitou Metel Rp Rear Coil Shock 2010
$179.95
At: Cambria Bike  
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➢ by Manitou
Fox Van RC Coil Rear Shock 2015
Fox Van RC Coil Rear Shock 2015
$320.00
At: Jenson USA  
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➢ by Fox
Specialized Future Shock Fork
Specialized Future Shock Fork
$0.01
At: eBay  
FOX VANILLA REAR SHOCK
FOX VANILLA REAR SHOCK
$0.99
At: eBay  
Rockshox shock pump used
Rockshox shock pump used
$10.50
At: eBay  
Fox Shock Pump
Fox Shock Pump
$11.00
At: eBay  
Rockshox shock pump new
Rockshox shock pump new
$15.00
At: eBay  
Topeak Pocket Shock DXG
Topeak Pocket Shock DXG
$19.99
At: eBay  
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