Rear Shocks for mtbs
When riding, it's important to have something to absorb those bumps in the road or trail you're riding. Nowadays, more and more bikes have a full-suspension design meaning you get to experience the full range of shock-absorption in the rear end of the bike.
However, what really is the beating heart of any full-suspension frame is the rear shock absorber. This is a crucial component in making sure that the bike can go over rough terrain and still offer up a (relatively!) smooth ride.
If you need to replace or update your rear shocks, then there's a lot to consider. These things include weight, adjustability and more. Here at Bikester, we have a range of different rear shocks available and are on hand if you need help choosing the right shock for your bike.
Which rear shock is right for you?
There are two main features you need to consider when choosing a new shock. The first of these is the size. This refers to the stroke and length of the shock. This is important as you need to fit the shock to the frame of your bike. At Bikester, our available shocks come in a wide variety of sizes, so you will be able to find something that fits your bike.
For instance, Vivid Air Rockshox rear shocks have an installation size of 216 mm. It's perfect for a range of different bikes from beginner MTBs to enduro and trail. This shock is also incredibly lightweight due to the aluminium housing, but that doesn't stop it from doing its job incredibly well. It uses a brand new air suspension system that holds up on even the roughest trails.
The other aspect you will need to consider when buying new bike shocks is whether you want air or coil shocks. However, it is important to bear in mind that these two things can be interrelated, with the type of shock often dependent on the riding discipline you do.
Generally, air shocks are more versatile. This type of shock is best used for longer distances such as marathon rides. As such, MTB rear shocks tend to be air as they are lighter. On top of that, they can be adjusted very easily. One such option is the Fox Racing Shox rear shocks which offer a dual-piston system. Better still, these can be adjusted easily by increasing or decreasing the air pressure in the shock itself.
Going for coil
Heavier bikes that are based on gravity will need longer shocks, which often means using coils. MTB frames can easily handle such options especially when weight is not an issue. This means that if you're planning downhill or freeriding, then a coil shock is the way to go.
Marzocchi rear shocks offer a lot in the way of bounce and spring. They are great for use on long trail rides. In particular, Marzocchi's Bomber coil shock is a high performing option for bikes from 130 mm to 200 mm. The steel spring combined within the shock is also adjustable. Excitingly, it also acts in the same way throughout the ride as there is no air inside that could potentially stiffen the mechanics. Pairing a coil with suspension forks is a great way to moderate the impact of rough terrain.