Can a Monarch RT3 be tuned for a Craftworks ENR?

Litenbror

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As the title suggests I'm chasing so info and opinions on shocks for a Craftworks ENR.

Currently it has a Cane Creek DB air IL with all the tune ability and adjustability that goes with it. Problem is it's expensive to service and I'm a set and forget suspension person.

The other option I'm looking at is a Monarch RT3 debonAir that's cheap and simple and doesn't need such specialists servicing. The problem I see is it isn't tuned for the ENR so might not work very well. Can the Monarch RT3 be tuned for the ENR's air spring curve at home or would it have to be done at NSDynamics or similar shops?

I have attached a pic of the ENR's air spring curve and the tune of the Monarch for reference. Also I'm 85kg fully loaded so somewhere in the middle weight wise.

All advice welcomed as I'm out of my league with this stuff.

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beeb

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I don't know much about the damping side of things, but surely some volume spacers would be all you'd need to find a little extra end-stroke support if you needed it?

Personally I reckon the ENR's leverage curve is perfect. Supple off the top, heaps of mid-stroke support, then tapers off so you can actually use all of the travel, or can chuck some spacers in if you feel you need.
 

Litenbror

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I don't know much about the damping side of things, but surely some volume spacers would be all you'd need to find a little extra end-stroke support if you needed it?

Personally I reckon the ENR's leverage curve is perfect. Supple off the top, heaps of mid-stroke support, then tapers off so you can actually use all of the travel, or can chuck some spacers in if you feel you need.
I'm hoping the damping on the medium tune will work and I just need some spacers for the end. Just wanted to put it out there to see if I missed something.
 

Flow-Rider

Wheel size expert
Just stay with the CC they're not that bad these days, mine hasn't given any trouble in over a 1000kms and it feels far better than a lot of shocks I've run on the bike in the past. I wouldn't even contemplate in going back to a rockshox or fox, it works so well.
 

link1896

Wheel size expert
Is a CCDBIL air the right shock for this bike? Wouldn’t a CCDB air CS be more suitable? How are you going to ride it?

Sorry I changed the monarch image too. Was old 5 tune table.
 

Litenbror

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The air is what comes with the bikes from factory and there are a few write ups where they discuss optimising the curve for air. There are a few people I have seen using coil with a progressive spring that are really happy with it.

I'm not particularly aggressive so it's not going to get a really hard life but will do plenty of klms. Currently I'm only good for small jumps and drops so no road gaps or major bike park features. Over bikes for my skill level but couldn't help myself.
 

yuley95

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Problem is it's expensive to service and I'm a set and forget suspension person.
I ran a Cane Creek DBiL air for a while and loved it. Does take some time to get set up but the app is really helpful and once you’ve dome the work it is ‘set and forget’. Never had to adjust it agin.

I say run it for a while before you think about changing it.
 

jrewing

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You'll need spacers. It needs them on the ENR.
My DVO is packed full of them. Pretty sure the M compression tune on a monarch is 1 extra face shim.
Also a supportive fork to hold up the front benefits the chassis balance as the moving wheelbase can upset the handling I feel. I did a smashpot conversion and it was great for it in steep situations.
I'm 85 kegs too
 
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