RockShox Monarch 3.3 Rear Shock

2.5/5 (4 Reviews)
Weight : 200 grams

Product Description

  • Damping Adjust: External rebound and Floodgate
  • Spring: Solo Air
  • Spring Adjust: Air pressure via single Schrader Valve
  • Body Material: Aluminum

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zachariah a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2013

Strengths:    ~ Very lightweight
~ Plush, for 110mm of rear travel
~ Great small and big hit compliance
~ Better service interval than Fox RP23
~ Swivel air valve weenie
~ Sag gradient markers, on stanchion
~ Four available tunes(ABCD) for varying bike geometries and rider weights
~ Trek XC pro Jeremy Horgan Kobelski raced this during 2010 XC race season, with tremendous results

Weaknesses:    ~ No longer made or supported
~ Rebound dial hard to scroll

Bottom Line:   
I simply got sick and tired of always servicing my 2011 Fox RP23. As an alternative - the Monarch 3.3 feels great and never blows through all it's travel....especially on big hits/drops. Very plush, fully open and the mid-gate setting is perfect for techy climbs. Max gate is ideal for fire roads and rails-to-trails. The higher Monarch 4.3 offers only one more feature and was instrumental for Rock Shox development of the their flagship Monarch XX CTD damper. Get one of you can still find it!

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park (24Hrs of Adrenalin course)

Duration Product Used:   Three years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Fox RP23
DT Swiss SSD 100
Magura MX 100

Bike Setup:   2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Koin a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2012

Strengths:    Has rebound, flood gate, and air preload. Seems like it should work very well.

Weaknesses:    The shock air valve burst off after I sat on it. I opened the flood gate all the way, and gave it a little test to see how plush it was. The valve burst off and all the air sizzzed out. I found the valve on the floor, but the o-ring shot off into the abyss. I weigh 190lbs and the shock was already adjusted for my weight.

Bottom Line:   
I got this shock stock with a used frame I purchased. The frame and shock were in excellent condition. The frame is still great, just not so much the shock after it burst. How can I shock burst so easily if it's designed to take hits on the trail? I'll be contacting the store I purchased the frame and shock from tomorrow.

I would be happy to review again and give a better review if I can get the shock fixed and if it doesn't explode on me again. I was so excited about the new frame and shock, what a huge let down...

I'm now using the shock off a wal-mart bike that's been rusting in my yard for the past 10 years. A huge step down from the Monarch 3.3.

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Purchased At:   off Pinkbike from a

Similar Products Used:   Walmart full suspension bike 10 years ago.

Bike Setup:   Motobecane Fantom Pro DS, Marzocchi Z1 Drop Off 1, Rockshox Monarch 3.3 - wait scratch that, a no-name crap coil shock from a 10-year-old walmart bike that's rusting in my yard, Shimano Alivo front and rear derailleurs, Shimano mechanical disc brakes 160mm.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Skeeno a Weekend Warrior from Northern Nevada

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2009

Strengths:    Easy to set up with a shock pump, three position floodgate

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
This came with the Sette Ace frame that I purchased. I was worried about this shock from the previous review, but so far (4 trail rides and many neighborhood jaunts) the shock holds air fine, i.e. no leaks. The floodgate works just as it should. It doesn't totally lock the rear, but stiffens it for climbs. Rebound also works and is noticable when adjusting. Very happy with this product right now.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:

Bike Setup:   Sette Ace w/ RS Recon 351 fork

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by danielz a Cross Country Rider from jakarta, indonesia

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2008

Strengths:    plush and light

Weaknesses:    too plush, rebound setting not really "user-friendly"

Bottom Line:   
i got this shock along with the bike set up actually. i fell for its 3 different trail-based settings. after taking this bike to go downhill on stony grounds for a few times, i gotta say it's too plush for my weight (85 kgs)! i tried to set the rebound, it wasn't an easy thing though.. this might be best for those who carry no more than 75 kgs, perhaps.

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Favorite Trail:   JPG,RA, University of Indonesia mtb park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   rodalink depok, west

Similar Products Used:   giant maestro (anthem s)

Bike Setup:   polygon collosus sx 2.0 frame, wheelset mavic 317/dt swiss spoke/xtr hubs, slx crank, lx brakes, marzhocci xc 600 ATA2 fork

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