In recent years, RockShox has absolutely nailed their suspension designs. The PIKE is no question best-in-class, and the 2014 Monarch has been great on the Niner Jet 9 Al and RIP 9 Al I’ve tested recently. Now, the 2015 Monarch RT3 and Monarch Plus RC3 look to raise that bar even further shocks that are custom-tuned for specific, highly-popular, models from Trek and Specialized.

These will initially be available as aftermarket upgrades and include the proper mounting hardware specific to each frame. With the majority of the 2015 model launches still pending, it’s unclear if these will be standard-issue on these frames, but I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet to assume many¬†will be equipped with the new Monarch and Monarch Plus designs.

2015 RockShox Monarch RT3 for Specialized 2015 RockShox Monarch RT3 for Trek

2015 Monarch Plus RT3 Improvements:

  • Redesigned Solo Air spring
  • Updated tamping controls to better mimic coil shocks
  • Available with Auto Sag (for Specialized models)
  • Optional DebonAir for increased plushness

2015 RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 for Specialized

2015 Monarch Plus RC3 Improvements:

  • All-new Solo Air
  • Revised damper design similar to the Vivid Air

Shock Compatibility

The following Trek and Specialized models will be able to take advantage of these new shocks with many likely appearing on upcoming 2015 models.

2015 RockShox Monarch RT3 AutoSag for Specialized

Monarch RT3 Auto Sag is available for the following Specialized models:

  • Camber 29/Rumor 29 2013-2014
  • Camber 29 EVO 2014
  • MSRP: $390

RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair Shocks for Trek Models

Monarch RT3 DebonAir is available for the following Trek models:

  • Fuel EX 29 2014
  • Remedy 26/27.5 2010-2014
  • Remedy 29 2014
  • MSRP: $390

2015 RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 for Specialized

Monarch Plus RC3 is available for the following Specialized models:

  • Stumpjumper FSR EVO 26/29 2012-2014
  • Enduro 26/29 2013-2014
  • MSRP: $499

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