The Dirt on RockShox MegNeg
Initial impressions after installation was the change in force required to get the shock moving. I used to run a Fox Float X2 on my previous bike and the MegNeg can is as good as the X2 in terms of off the top suppleness.
The first outing with the shock was at some local trails that I’m very familiar with, although the conditions were not ideal in Scotland after almost two weeks of heavy rain and a local XC race making sure that the trails were as slick as possible. I was genuinely surprised at how different the bike felt with the MegNeg installed. At first it seemed like the shock wasn’t moving to the contours of the trail properly almost felt over damped. I was confused however, because my rear wheel wasn’t slipping on the mud or roots, as it was offering traction in places I was sure to be sliding. The more I rode I realized the shock was walking the line of feeling both over damped and firm yet supple and providing surprisingly high traction.
Getting It Down: the MegNeg Shocks
It all began to fall into place with how the shock was behaving after a few more runs. The harshness I had initially felt was the extra mid-stroke support keeping the bike higher in the travel. I wasn’t used to the shock staying higher in the travel, leaving it ready to absorb the next hit. After accepting my bike’s performance and regularly blowing through the travel, the firm support into the midstroke through me for a loop. Within a couple runs I was smiling more and more. I started to realise that I could maintain my speed through the corners better than I assumed given the trail conditions.
After my initial ride I’ve spent some time in the Scottish Highlands riding some granite gnar. As it turns out, the recommendation to remove a token is a good one. With the full 4.5 tokens installed in the shock I limited myself to 120 of my 140 mm travel, despite some pretty massive bottom outs. Thanks to CushCore for saving my rim! I actually took time out mid-ride to remove a token and finish my testing. After removing the token I found the amount of progression was perfect for my bike. So, I’d definitely suggest doing this while installing the can and not while you’re halfway through your ride!
Suspension tuning is a finicky thing. Each frame manufacturer has a different idea of what the “ideal” kinematic should be and every rider has a different preference as to how their bike should feel under them. But after my initial ride and some epic rides in the Scottish Highlands I am completely sold on the RockShox MegNeg. The improvements it has made to my bike are very tangible and it has transformed how it performs on the descents.
The bold claims from RockShox about this little retrofit hold true. My shock is crazy supple off the top, has oodles more mid-stroke support and I finally have the right amount of progression. As much as I love this upgrade, it won’t work for every bike. I’d say the ideal candidates for this upgrade are riders of shorter travel bikes (under 150mm), those who constantly find themselves bottoming out harshly, or owners of bikes with fairly linear suspension curves. I’d especially recommend the upgrade if you have a RockShox Deluxe shock like myself! At $90 including new grease, oil, seals and tuning bands, it’s a great deal and you should get yours before they sell out.
Weight: 126 grams
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