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Hey all,
I currently have the DHX 5 AIR rear shock on my Nomad (2011). size 8.5" x 2.5"
It's ok. ... but I'd like to try a coil. I'm 200lbs and ride AM / XC

I found a Van R coil for $150 (2009) I'd like to upgrade it w/ a Ti spring.
Any suggestions?

Will I regret not having the adjustments of a DHX shock ?
Will a coil shock be "too plush" for long XC rides?

The Santa Cruz website says I'd need a spring rate of 400 / 450 .

thanks.
 

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denjen said:
The biggest thing is to make sure the shock is tuned for the bike.
So how does one get that info? :)

Should I just send the shock & Ti coil to PUSH for the "Factory Tuning System " ???

2011 Nomad / rider weight 200lbs / AM riding & some XC

For my weight, the Fox website recommends a 400-450 spring rate for the DHX shock

... would that spring rate also work for the Van-R ???

Also, Ti spring advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Yes, I would send it to Push with all of the info they ask for. If you go with the Vanilla R be very honest with the answers, with no external adjustments you cant fine tune it.With that said, I read somewhere where suspension tuners like the Van R because of its simplicity.
 

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denjen said:
Yes, I would send it to Push with all of the info they ask for. If you go with the Vanilla R be very honest with the answers, with no external adjustments you cant fine tune it.With that said, I read somewhere where suspension tuners like the Van R because of its simplicity.
He could get it fitted with the MX tune, adding external Hi/Lo speed compression.
 

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He could get it fitted with the MX tune, adding external Hi/Lo speed compression.
That is a great option. He would have $450 into the shock at that point though. If you go with the MX tune, you may want to look for a used shock to save some money. Push completely guts the shock and puts their stuff back in so you really only need the shock body anyway.

You may also want to look at Elka also. They will custom tune the shock for you and the bike. I have heard really good things about them.
http://www.elkasuspension.com/?q=mtbstage5

Or for the ultimate bling try a cane creek double barrel. A freind of mine has one on his nomad and loves it.
http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/cane-creek--17CD0000-1145313859.jsp

I just saw this on go-ride.com. It may be a good option for you to try a coil out to see if it is what you want.
http://www.go-ride.com/CategoryProductList.jsp?cat=MTB:FOR+THE+BIKE:SHOCKS:DEMO+SHOCKS
 
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