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Mainly a roadie, and my MTB is a pretty basic one, but is getting more and more use. I get a lot of pedal bob, and I'd like to eliminate that. I love the FS feeling when riding more tricky stuff, but not while climbing and while just riding dirt trails with my wife. Since adding a hardtail to the bike stable is probably out, replacing the rear shock seems to be a fairly simple option, but I"m surprised that I don't find them for sale at Performance, Supergo or Jensen. The current shock is pretty basic - a Vanilla R - and replacing it with something else fairly basic, even a Vanilla RL, would be fine. Where can I find shocks for sale online?
 

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Just keep looking... There's a few shocks at Airbomb.com and BeyondBikes.com for example. Also, you can get Cane Creek shocks from the factory. I'm running a Cloud Nine on my Haro and it's real nice - not much bob. Keep in mind that a lot of bob is due to frame design as much as the shock.
 

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633 said:
Mainly a roadie, and my MTB is a pretty basic one, but is getting more and more use. I get a lot of pedal bob, and I'd like to eliminate that. I love the FS feeling when riding more tricky stuff, but not while climbing and while just riding dirt trails with my wife. Since adding a hardtail to the bike stable is probably out, replacing the rear shock seems to be a fairly simple option, but I"m surprised that I don't find them for sale at Performance, Supergo or Jensen. The current shock is pretty basic - a Vanilla R - and replacing it with something else fairly basic, even a Vanilla RL, would be fine. Where can I find shocks for sale online?
Check out www.pushindustries.com I dunno if they rework Vanillas R but it's a very good option.
 

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Sounds like you'd like a spv-style shock to me,

something like the Progressive 5th Element, likewise something in the Manitou Swinger series, or maybe a Fox Pro-Pedal model. Risse Racing makes shocks, altho not sure what in the way of an spv-style, but I'm pretty sure will deal directly with you. Some manufacturers won't deal directly with you. Unfortunately buying a new rear shock can cause sticker shock and they don't get discounted much.

Reworking it is an option...I've seen some positive posts for the Push folks. I'm thinking Vanilla's are coil, so it is also possible you are just a bigger guy than they intended the shock for and you need a stiffer spring, and believe you'll have a couple of choices, Fox and some spring specialists (can't think of one offhand but a google should get you something).

Sometimes when you don't know where to start for a part, try www.bestwebbuys.com or www.qbike.com, it's a start at least.
 

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www.cambriabike.com

I just went through online rear shock purchase myself, and after long research, found that cambriabike.com had the best selections,
You have to go to frames section to see them, not in "forks and shocks" section, though.
Check out "Sale Frames" section for really cheap shocks, if the size fits. I just got Vanilla R '02 for $129.
 

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what the shock dimensions are

633 said:
Mainly a roadie, and my MTB is a pretty basic one, but is getting more and more use. I get a lot of pedal bob, and I'd like to eliminate that. I love the FS feeling when riding more tricky stuff, but not while climbing and while just riding dirt trails with my wife. Since adding a hardtail to the bike stable is probably out, replacing the rear shock seems to be a fairly simple option, but I"m surprised that I don't find them for sale at Performance, Supergo or Jensen. The current shock is pretty basic - a Vanilla R - and replacing it with something else fairly basic, even a Vanilla RL, would be fine. Where can I find shocks for sale online?
is going to determine what make shock and what medium you will be able to use. i have a 6.5 i to i/1.5" stroke vanilla RL for sale. IM me if you or anyone is interested.
 

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633 said:
Mainly a roadie, and my MTB is a pretty basic one, but is getting more and more use. I get a lot of pedal bob, and I'd like to eliminate that. I love the FS feeling when riding more tricky stuff, but not while climbing and while just riding dirt trails with my wife. Since adding a hardtail to the bike stable is probably out, replacing the rear shock seems to be a fairly simple option, but I"m surprised that I don't find them for sale at Performance, Supergo or Jensen. The current shock is pretty basic - a Vanilla R - and replacing it with something else fairly basic, even a Vanilla RL, would be fine. Where can I find shocks for sale online?
Check out go ride

www.go-ride.com

TJ
 

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Try Chad at Red Barn

Try talking to Chad. His sight is at http://redbarnbicycles.com/. He's small but gets you what you want at prices that makes me wonder how he stays in business. If he can make mike onespeed happy with his Ti beaut, Chad must be doing something right.
 
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