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I have an older MC San Andreas (circa 93-94) still in great shape. I'm looking to upgrade the frame and start riding it again. So far I put a 4" Marzocchi MX Comp on the front and I am looking to put a new shock on the rear. It currently has a Noleen coil that is 5.5" i2i.

I'm guessing the travel on the Noleen is 3-3.5". My question is...what size shock can I put on the rear without altering the bike geometry too much. Would a 6 or 6.5" inch be ok or should I stick with 5.5"? I'd like to swap out the old coil for an air shock too.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.
 

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I have an older MC San Andreas (circa 93-94) still in great shape. I'm looking to upgrade the frame and start riding it again. So far I put a 4" Marzocchi MX Comp on the front and I am looking to put a new shock on the rear. It currently has a Noleen coil that is 5.5" i2i.

I'm guessing the travel on the Noleen is 3-3.5". My question is...what size shock can I put on the rear without altering the bike geometry too much. Would a 6 or 6.5" inch be ok or should I stick with 5.5"? I'd like to swap out the old coil for an air shock too.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.
A 7.5" i2i x 2" stroke should fit and will give you 6" of rear travel. This setup will be fine with a 4" fork.
 

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If I were you, I'd get a 6.5" X 1.5" Progressive Air shock. It'll give around 4.5" rear travel, match the front, make the bike ride better, be lighter, and will fit without clearance issues. You can get one from Mountain Cycle.

Ask Mountain Cycle questions in the thread I started for quicker answers, or just email me at work: [email protected]

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