Manitou Swinger Air X4 Rear Shock

DESCRIPTION

SPV damping technology the Swinger 4-way allows the rider to set up a pedaling platform threshold, externally, via an air shock. Riders also have the ability to adjust how progressive the shock is with the 16-mm socket adjustment located on the reservoir. Turning the socket in results in a shock with more “ramp up” in the final 50% of its stroke (to prevent bottoming) while turning the socket out results in a more linear spring rate.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 09, 2019]
las-palmas


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Plush, Easy to adjust, even though there are so many things that can be adjusted on it. Possible to service without having a lot of so expensive equipment that it would be cheaper to buy 5 new shocks. A seal kit cost less than a tubeless bike tire.

Weakness:

None. Bought it as replacement for a RockShox Monarch RT3 that I installed in my Ibis Mojo 2009 when the OEM Fox RP23 stopped functioning. Both these shocks are far inferiour to the Swinger 4-W air.

Price Paid:
135€
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2004
[Jan 20, 2012]
tyrebyter
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Adjustable, light, responsive, sensitive

Weakness:

Short schrader valve

This is a replacement for the RockShox Ario-2R that was OE on my 2009 Scott Spark 35. That shock was never consistent, and on its best day was barely passable. I chose the Manitou Swinger 4 way Air because I wanted the adjustability, it was too good a deal to pass up and I'm incurably cheap. Fitting it was a challenge as it is longer that the original and the bushings are ever so slightly tighter. Swapped the suspension links right for left to get the eye-to-eye length close and polished the eye sleeves for a proper fit. Pumped it up to about 90psi, left the air volume adjuster out all the way and hit the mountain. Holy Mother of God this shock is amazing. If we can all agree that the function of suspension is to maintain contact between the tires and the trail, this shock is state of the art. The rear no longer chatters over rough trails, there is no bottom perceptible, compression damping seems velocity sensitive and it pedals uphill with no drama and no need to lockout. It is as good (maybe better) as the Fox RP23 on my kid's bike but more adjustable. Could anyone ask for more? OK, one little thing: the schrader threads are too short to actually work with most shock pumps. I'll bet they've fixed that by now, but I picked up a Topeak right angle adapter valve for my pump that works just fine.

Similar Products Used:

RockShox Ario-2R, Fox RP23, Yasusu

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