One of the best suspension set–ups we’ve ever ridden was the most basic and cheap Monarch fitted to an Orange 5, but as much as we love that version of the Monarch this new Plus RC3 takes trail bike suspension to yet another level. It has new independent ‘Dual Flow’ rebound and compression circuits which are based on what you’ll find in Vivid Air, and basically this thing is made for riding harder and faster than you ever thought possible on anything apart from a DH bike. If in the past you’ve felt you’re pushing the limits of what an air shock can cope with then this is the shock for you, and it’s ideally suited to enduro style DH races. Considering this shock is both a few hundred quid cheaper and a few hundred grams lighter than the Vivid Air it’s possibly even more impressive, and that’s saying something.

price: £349.99 – £399.99

Fisher outdoor leisure 01727 798 340

www.Fisheroutdoor.co.uk

www.sram.com

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