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I have a 2001 Bullit that I use as a trail bike and was wondering how an air shock, in the rear, would perform? My RC has a 2.25" stroke and the Flaot has a 2" so my travel would be 5" vs. 6"? Any insight would be great. Thanx
 

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Really more like 5.4".

keen said:
I have a 2001 Bullit that I use as a trail bike and was wondering how an air shock, in the rear, would perform? My RC has a 2.25" stroke and the Flaot has a 2" so my travel would be 5" vs. 6"? Any insight would be great. Thanx
Keen, I think you've seen my setup posted on the site before. I've had a 2" stroke Manitou 4-way air on my Bullit for some time. Our Bullits have about a 2.7 suspension rate with a 7.875" length shock, so you can compute the wheel travel numbers from there. My Manitou 4-way air is not as plush as the OEM Fox RC was, but then it's not a totally fair comparison since the Fox had no stable platform. The Manitou is by no means rough or harsh. It just returns a firmer, more efficient suspension action. This is a real benefit when you're using the Bullit frame as more of a burly trail bike than an FR bike. The shuttle on the Bullit also gives you a really useful tool to adjust your head angle and such to match your preference or the front fork you're using at the time. The Manitou 4-way air has turned out to be a very nice setup for an aggressive trail Bullit. I've got it matched to a Z150 SL on the front, and the shuttle pushed all the way to the rear to match the tall fork and front end. On a trip to Moab this past May with the same fork, I did switch back to the 8.5" X 2.5" rear 5th E coil for 7" of travel for the gnarlier terrain there. I pushed the shuttle all the way forward to keep a similar geometry.
 

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I was considering a Fox Float Talas rear shock? In its longest configuration it is 8.25" iei. I checked my current head angle w/ the shuttle all the way back and have a lazy 67* - this is w/ an 01' Z1 (500mm a-c). I would like to have @ least a 69* HA for trail riding. If I liked the Float I could always have it pushed if the pedalling became an issue.
 

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keen said:
I have a 2001 Bullit that I use as a trail bike and was wondering how an air shock, in the rear, would perform? My RC has a 2.25" stroke and the Flaot has a 2" so my travel would be 5" vs. 6"? Any insight would be great. Thanx
Call Manitou and see if you can grab one of the new 4 or 6 ways with a 2.25 shock stroke.

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