Originally Posted by SteveAttwood
Now what to choose is the BIG question. Do a search on the HUBB and you will find plenty of info. Talk to suppliers and tell them what you are looking for.
Ask the same question of riders who have done the trip you are planning.
A lot of shock manufactures are very sports orientated, but durability is high on your list.
A leaking shock is not normally a show stopper and you could carry a repair kit with you or find someone to rebuild it. I would choose a good brand, low tech, rebuildable emulsion RSU.
Very good advice!
As you can see from the pic below...I busted my rear shock in the Altai and rode all of Mongolia on the spring...your arse won't forgive you for this but you will get there. Just watch out for the leak onto your brake disc...as that is the brake you will need off-road.
I busted my rear OEM in Turkmenistan and finally replaced it with a YSS in Kyrgyzstan but then replaced it again in UB(mongolia)...I initially forgot to tell my shock supplier the weight, etc I was quoting him was in kgs and not pounds...
As you can read from my experience, proper shock set-up is critical in performance so make sure the guys selling you the unit knows what he's up to. Mine did and I'm a happy camper.
Bottom line, for the price...YSS is a compelling alternative as you will eventually have to rebuild any aftermarket shock.
Last edited by MotoEdde; 8 Feb 2008 at 18:15.
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