Cane Creek DB INLINE on a Specialized Enduro 29?
Question for you regarding my Enduro 29 – is there any reason you would caution me away from a Cane Creek DB INLINE versus a larger volume shock? I’d love to retain the ability to carry a large water bottle … yet am not sure if I’d be better off going with a larger volume air can – either DB AIR CS or Rock Shox Monarch. The current setup has the stock FOX FLOAT CTD, which I’m not a fan of (needing to run high pressure to avoid bottoming out).
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I forwarded your question to a real expert: Mike Luebesmier at Dirtlabs here in Boulder, CO.
These are very good questions.
Let’s start with the FOX FLOAT CTD. We can tune the damping and air volume to help you achieve the performance you are looking for.
That said, the DB AIR and DB INLINE are a whole new machine and can get pretty dialed in just by turning a few knobs.
I am currently running a DB AIR CS. I love it, and it has a wide range of external tuning. Yes, this would be a great shock for you (matched with a new FOX 36 and — BOOM! — full on radness). This shock will require a bit of set up time, but it is fun to do.
The INLINE offers the same adjustability but in a smaller package. Yes, it will hold up to a large rider. It will offer you the tune you want without sacrificing weight and space.
In my honest opinion I would look at both the DB AIR CS and also INLINE, then look at where 70 percent of your rides are. If you’re headed up to resorts and lift runs every weekend, the DB AIR CS makes sense. If you’re going on 3- to 4-hour all mountain rides and only ride DH runs occasionally, I think you would be solid with the INLINE. Some of the Cane Creek engineers are rippers, and they have put the INLINE through the ringer with good results.
When we sell a shock we also offer setup support. We help people find a base tune, then adjust from there to get what they want.
I hope that helps.
Luby at Dirtlabs
So there you have it. For your riding at the Demo forest, either get your FOX tuned (I would try this first) or try the DB INLINE.
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While I love my DB Air on my Enduro 29er, I think Lee is right, and I would maybe try to tune your Fox which is a solid shock. Keep in mind a larger air can is going to make the shock even more linear and less progressive. Have you tried a Fox volume spacer kit? Its a simple, cheap way to make the shock more progressive, which it sounds like you need.
I have. 2013 Scott genius 720 that came with a garbage DT Swiss shock. The CB Inline turned it into a completely different bike, for the better. I’m 216 lbs and jump that thing all the time with no problems. To this day, I still tinker with the settings depending on the terrain I’m riding. All you need is to bring a little hex key with you.