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I just bought a Mongoose Otero Elite from an LBS Wednesday - haven't even ridden it on dirt yet. Since It's raining and cold again today I was tinkering with it and noticed they assembled the bike with the shock upside down - at least compared to the picture on the Mongoose website. See below

http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail_us.php?id=440&brandLine=Pro_US&brandID=76

Does it matter? Will this damage the shock? I can still get to the rebound adjust knob so that's not a problem.

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WeeWinky said:
I just bought a Mongoose Otero Elite from an LBS Wednesday - haven't even ridden it on dirt yet. Since It's raining and cold again today I was tinkering with it and noticed they assembled the bike with the shock upside down - at least compared to the picture on the Mongoose website. See below

http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail_us.php?id=440&brandLine=Pro_US&brandID=76

Does it matter? Will this damage the shock? I can still get to the rebound adjust knob so that's not a problem.

Thanx
Nope, not a bit. In fact I've seen manufacturers switch the way they install shocks ( the shock was installed by the manufacturer, LBS's never do this) during production runs.
 

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rear shocks have no 'up' or 'down'. It doesn't matter which way they're installed as long as there's no clearance issues. Hell, some bikes you swear the manufacturers are idiots the way they'll spec/install a shock which needs to be removed just to adjust it properly. Like installing a fox float in such a way that the air valve is buried behind a linkage plate.
 
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