Would you mind sharing what exactly was the causing the blow up problem with the Topaz 2. What did they do to try to fix it each time under warranty?
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Sorry, I did not get exact details as I took it to my LBS and they shipped it off as it was under warranty without looking into it themselves.
To give you an idea - first time around there was this sudden grind/friction in the shock and the open/mid/firm settings stopped working. Shipped off and on return LBS said something about shaft replacement and rebuild so off I went again.
About 6 rides later suddenly felt real soft and there was oil all over the place. Sent away again - was advised it was rebuilt and new seals put in. another 5-6 rides and exactly the same happened. Sent away and once again and same answer. Then another 5 rides or so and oil seemed to start coming from around the rebound knob. Was riding along flat singletrack, no rocks/drops/jumps, just nice and flowy and suddenly felt like I was really sliding around a bit - as it turns out it was the shock that gave up again...
That's when LBS contacted Giant. No questions asked from them and will replace with shock of my choice.
it's a pity as the DVO Sapphire on the front is absolutely amazing.