Shortening my shock

Hi Lee-

In your latest write up (which is great BTW) you mention your 2003 Enduro has a different length shock that lowers the bb height. What length is it? Where does it put the head angle and BB height? May I ask why you did it?


Hey Scott.

  Stock Mine
Shock length 7.625″ 7.375″
Head angle 69 deg. 68 deg.
BB height 13.2″ 12.5″

I used to live near Santa Cruz, where the trails are every fast and flowy. The low BB made the bike flick from side to side more easily and rail corners like nobody’s business. The slacker head angle made the bike very stable at speed, like a mini downhill bike. (The angles and heights are approximate, with the Fox Talas dialed out to five inches. Shock: Fox AVA with ProPedal.)

This setup is a bit of a handful on technical climbs and slow corners, but it rips on fast, flowy singletrack.

Oh yes.

— Lee

4 replies
  1. leelikesbikes says:

    I got mine directly from Fox Racing Shox. In the aftermarket you can get a 2006 Fox Float R from Push Industries for $249 – $375, depending on how far they “Push” it. These shocks are awesome stock. When the guys at Push dial them in for you they get even better. Push also does RP3s. Look under Products …

  2. don says:

    There is a company in England that makes suspension , and other components, for a few different bikes. They make flip links for specialized bikes that increase travel.
    The one for the enduro gives it 6 inches and raises the bottom bracket. They have other products also. Risse Racing makes longer travel swingarms, as well as shocks. The company in England is BETD Ltd. or just put in betd in google and it comes right up. Risse Racing is a good sight also. Also, be aware of your shock being side loaded in Enduro frames. I had mine warrantied and even the replacement was off. The upper shock mount is not welded to excact tolerance with the shock reducer. When the upper shock bolt is tightened the mount squeezes in to close the gap and it either closes from one side or the other. This puts the shock at an angle to the lower shock mount and puts the shock in a slight binding position, or what Fox calls side loaded. I fixed my replacement frame by using three disc brake spacers, the thin silver ones, to fill the gap at the upper shock mount and after doing this the lower lined up perfectly. If your shock has been in a side loaded position you can tell by removing the shock body and look for wear of the anodizing on the shaft. It’s not good for the seals and causes stiction in the suspention action. You can also tell if it is off by removing the shock from the lower mount while leaving the upper bolt tight and if the shock looks crooked, or has to be pushed to the side when placed in the lower mount, your frame is off.

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