RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Rear Shock

5/5 (6 Reviews)


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Product Description

  • Damping: Hydraulic with IFP
  • Spring: Solo Air
  • Spring Adjust: Spring via Air Pressure
  • Shaft Diameter: 9mm


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yarrahappinni a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2013

Strengths:    The natural feel from the compression settings. The hardest setting makes a 6" bike feel more hard tail whilst the softest never feels like bottoming out. The simplicity makes it work.

Weaknesses:    I need to upgrade my Revelation forks to Pikes to match the feel of the shock.

Bottom Line:   
Coming from a Monarch RL to this is like chalk & cheese. The strength of the reaction gives you confidence, you can feel the traction, be it on the ground or launching.

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Favorite Trail:   Big Mac

Duration Product Used:   2 months

Similar Products Used:   Fox RP2, RP23, Monarch RL

Bike Setup:   2013 Giant Reign

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Thomas a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2012

Strengths:    Tried the RP 23 and a TF Tuned DHX Coil on my Enduro.Bu NOTHING beats the Monarch RC3 Plus, straight out of the box! Thought I had 50% sag but it was only 30% Can only recommend it!

Weaknesses:    Only minus is that I could use 2 more click on slow (rebound)

Bottom Line:   
Very smooth, feels like you got longer travel. Bought the cheap low comp. but dont have any bobbing when climbing (full open shock)
Love it!

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Duration Product Used:   2 years

Similar Products Used:   RP 23 DHX coil

Bike Setup:   Enduro 09, Float 36, Nukeproof with Stans Flow

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cracka a Weekend Warrior from Boise, Potato, USA

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2011

Strengths:    adjustable, lightweight, climbs great, descends even better

Weaknesses:    My water bottle doesn't fit in the cage anymore. Oh well, camelback!

Bottom Line:   
This bike hauls ass.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Bro deal

Similar Products Used:   Monarch 4.2, 3.1, Ario

Bike Setup:   2011 Fuji Reveal, Revelation Dual Air, uturn 120-150mm w/ lockout. XO/XT Drivetrain XT wheels, knobby tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by enduro a Weekend Warrior from Renton, WA USA

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2011

Strengths:    - Custom tuned for my weight and riding style (highly recommended!)
- smooth
- quiet
- compression settings do make a difference
- higher oil volume compared to RP23 means in the shock performs better during long descents vs the RP23
- easy to adjust sag using the markers
- +/- air psi makes a nice difference for firming or softening the suspension.


Weaknesses:    - nit picking: would prefer an external bottom out adjustment, just b/c I like to turn knobs

other than that I haven't found one yet!


Bottom Line:   
Short Answer: Great shock and well worth the $$ if you can swing the Push tune.

Long Answer:
The RP23 BV HV that came with the HD is okay for trail riding. However, for my riding style (aggressive AM) I had to run really high psi to not bottom out the shock. Now keep in mind that with the HD I never felt the bottom-out; however, the O-ring was always off the shaft by the end of the ride or following sections of trail where it just shouldn't use all the travel. A Push tune for the RP23 would have probably solved the problem, but I just wasn't happy with the RP23.

So I sprung for the Monarch Plus RC3 tuned by Push and I haven't looked back. I had mine tuned for "Big Hit" b/c I like to hit jumps, up to 4' drops and fast descents. Even with the Big Hit tune it's still nice and smooth and soaks up the roots/bumps nicely. I do notice a difference with the different compression settings. The min/med setting is great for fast descents. The rear wheel tracks nicely and soaks up the hits. The max setting is nice for fireroad climbs or hitting bigger drops. The shock performs incredibly well in all three settings. The HD climbs just as well with the Monarch Plus as it did with the RP23. The weight penalty is very minor compared to the performance gains you'll feel when descending. I just added the RWC needle bearings and it's added another level of smoothness to the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Galbraith

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $585.00

Purchased At:   Push Industries

Similar Products Used:   RP23, RP23 BV HV, DHX Air 5.0, DHX 5.0, Manitou Swinger 6way, Float RL

Bike Setup:   2011 Ibis Mojo HD 160mm, Lyrik RC2DH Solo Air, XT cranks, XT brakes, XT FD, Haven carbon bars, Thomson X4 50mm stem, ODI Rouge, RS Reverb, WTB Laser V SLT, I9 Enduro wheelset, Nevegal 2.35s, Heim2 chainguide, x9 10sp shifters, x9 RD. RWC Needle bearings

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dacarbon a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2011

Strengths:    1) Downhills like a champ
2) Super plush
3) Tuned for weight
4) Light shock (0.78lbs claimed, never weighed mine)
5) Quiet ride
6) No spiking
7) Bye bye wallow


Weaknesses:    1) $$$
2) Gives up a little to the RP23 in pedaling
3) Compression switch doesn't make significant difference


Bottom Line:   
Hey all, just wanted to drop some quick thoughts on the Push'd Monarch Plus RC3 for my HD140. For background, I ride my HD140 in Eastern NC mostly, with occasionally trips to Western NC mountains (Pisgah, Brevard, Black Mountain, Bent Creek, Dupont, that kind of thing). Most of my local singletrack is rolling, altho there are extended climbs out there so I like have the option to stiffen the platform. I'm 5'6" and 130lbs, so a light rider. When I talked to Eric at Push, we came to the conclusion that the Plus would be a better shock for me than the RT3 because of my persistent air habits, and because I didn't like how I'd run into spiking with the RP23 on extended downhills. So, after a weekend of riding at Dupont and the Kitsuma/Star Gap portions of ORAMM, I'm feeling gamey enough to draw some conclusions about the Plus ...

First off, I really, really like this shock. It did take a few hours to break in, and after that it was off to the races. The shock is super-plush . . . now bear in mind, I don't have any experience with coil shocks so I really can't say if it's "coil-like" or anything like that, but it's definitely more plush than my RP23. You barely have to put any weight on it to get the travel moving, and that translates into exemplary small bump sensitivity on the trail.

The downside to that is that it gives up just the slightest bit in the pedaling department. I had very little bob with my RP23, and with the propedal on it was nonexistent, even with standing and mashing. With the Plus RC3, it's not even enough to be called moderate bob, but there is noticeably more bob than the RP23. Unfortunately, the compression switch does almost nothing to rectify that. It makes a slight difference, but I can still blow into it pretty easily with standing, and that's a little disappointing when facing some of the hour-long climbs in the mountains.

But then, you get to the top of the hill, point the thing down and ANY extra effort you had to put into pedaling just disappears. This shock BLOWS away my RP23 on downhills. Hitting G-outs at speed reveals essentially no wallow whatsoever, which is a huge improvement on the RP23. My RP23's annoying habit of spiking is a thing of the past now too. My favorite thing tho is that you can get going 20, 30 mph and the rear wheel is just tracking over every single bump and rut in the trail. This is GREAT. In the past, my RP23 would be fine at low speed, but at high speed it wouldn't keep up; the rear wheel would just start wanging and banging into everything, bouncing up and over; no good. Now, I have a nice, smooth ride down to the bottom . . . which lets me set up nicely for jumps!

Speaking of which, jumping this thing is a much more pleasant experience. I did bottom it out once on a four-foot drop to flat, but gotta be honest ... it was a pretty ugly landing at high speed so I don't make much of that. Otherwise, it landed everything else with calm and control. The damping magic that Push worked was great!

Another nice plus is the whole bike is now a lot quieter. I had a ton of chainslap before, and while there is still chainslap with this bad boy . . . it is improved. I'm guessing it's cause of the improved wheel response? Who knows.

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Favorite Trail:   which one?!?

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $575.00

Purchased At:   Push Industries

Similar Products Used:   Fox RP23, Specialized AFR w/Brain, Fox RP2, Fox RPL

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo HD140 w/Revelation RLT Ti 150mm at Front

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michaelsnead a Weekend Warrior from CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2011

Bottom Line:   
I’m reporting on a Pushed 2011 Rockshox Monarch Plus RC3 that I combined with a 2011 Fox 36 Talas 160 RLC FIT fork as replacements for the Specialized suspension on my 2007 Euduro SL. It was a major improvement from ride characteristics to the weight of the bike. I’ve used it on skinnies, kickers and drops at my home bike park as well as on rides that were 3.5 hour, 23 mile funfests with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain/loss. I’m completely stoked by the changes and highly recommend them to anyone with this frame.

I’ve had the Fox fork on the bike for 4 rides before I got the Monarch Plus so I was somewhat familiar with the advantages brought about by that change. Adding the shock was a major improvement to both the uphill and DH ride characteristics of the bike. There are three levels of platform valve available through the use of an “on the fly” lever. The difference between full open and full close is very dramatic. The middle position works great for technical uphill and the Max platform is fantastic for fire road climbs.

Be prepared for 4-8 hours of off-road riding as a break-in period. Once through that you’ll find that this shock delivers a plush smooth ride when you want it and a solid platform for climbing when you need it.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $575.00

Purchased At:   Push Industries

Similar Products Used:   Fox DHX Air 5.0, 2007 Specialized AFR Shock


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