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I don't know which shock to go with, I'm just wondering if anybody rode all 3 and what they think between 5th, spv, pro-pedal. I would like to really know back to back comparisons on the same model of bike!
 

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I dont know about the 5th

I looked at the 5th air to save some weight but after I read the reviews I went with the swinger 4 way
Swinger + : very adjustable very plush spv tune able
- weight is more on a small frame the bottle cage does not fit anymore.
my shock bushings wore out after 3 month, (easy to replace)

I never rode a fox
 

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Festusjrf said:
I looked at the 5th air to save some weight but after I read the reviews I went with the swinger 4 way
Swinger + : very adjustable very plush spv tune able
- weight is more on a small frame the bottle cage does not fit anymore.
my shock bushings wore out after 3 month, (easy to replace)

I never rode a fox
Bottle cage wont fit on a med. frame either.
 

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thats the only thing

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Bottle cage wont fit on a med. frame either.
thats the only thing I dont like about it because I always ride with a bottle of a sports drink and water in my camelbag now the bottle has to go into the camelbag the bottom mount sucks because the lid of the bottle is right in the flight path of dog poop and other unhealthy things. lol
 

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The Swinger 4 is a great shock, but because I had to mount the bottle cage underneath - the front tire rubs my light battery when that plush minute fork gets to pumpin...i just have to avoid air and drops on night rides....
 

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I've ridden both the 4 way and 5th and found the 5th to pedal better seated. The 5th has a real firm platform, but it tends to hold and breakaway. The 4 way is more smooth (you don't notice the pedal platform. But as others have said it does move a tiny bit when pedalling, the 5th won't.

But i chose the 4 way as I had the 5th on my tracer and it wasn't that reliable. It leaked oil since day one, and the valve core was incorrectly set so you couldn't even add pressure until i fixed it.

I also like being able to adjust the volume as I'm light and don't usually get full travel from airshocks.

Haven't tried the fox.
 

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Fox Float RP3?

I have a Manitou Swinger on my 5.5 and am reasonably happy with it. It is plush and has been reliable but I'm not that impressed with SPV. I leave the SPV pressure low otherwise the ride gets harsh. The VPP suspension is stable platform anyway. If I was buying my bike right now I would probably use the Fox RP3. I know it's not a published option from Intense but I'd get my dealer to swap it out and pay the difference if required. I know its just a magazine article, but the October issue of MBA has a review on the RP3 and their bottom line is: "--perhaps this year's best long-stroke air shock." I certainly will look into it but I want to replace the Minute 3:00 first. For me once again the SPV doesn't work, except when seated or pumped very high.

Ronnie.
 

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HI Ronnie

I agree with when you say that SPV is not a real firm platform, but I test both (RP3 and Swinger 4 way) and I really prefer the SPV. Why ? Because even RP3 work very good, I think it have no place on the 5.5. With the RP3, you transform the 5.5 in racer bike for crosseur. The suspension is not as smooth as Swinger, except if the ProPedal is open. So OK, If you like cross-country bike, and save weight (around 200 gr) , the RP3 is nice for 5.5. On a track, 5.5 ride like rigid bike. But if you seem that your 5.5 must be an efficient and confort bike so the Swinger is better.

Ben
 
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