Carbon fiber cans aren’t the next big thing for your favorite Superbowl beer commercial (sorry, guys). But, for RockShox, a carbon can is the highlight of the new 2012 Monarch XX rear shock, but they also dropped all kinds of innovations onboard this ultralight bump-eater. I’ve ridden the Monarch on several bikes and have found it to be reliable and smooth.

Aside from the carbon can, the XLoc hydraulic remote lockout is the next big innovation, so clear off some bar space for your newest friend. Instead of the typical cable-actuated lockout, the Monarch XX Carbon utilizes a hydraulic system. So, move over aluminum cans and make room on the bars for a rear lockout.

Highlights of the 2012 Monarch XX Carbon Shock:

  • XLoc hydraulic remote (left or right config)
  • Can: 28mm, carbon fiber (half the weight of Monarch XX)
  • Damping: Hydraulic with IFP
  • Spring: Solo Air
  • Shaft Details: Aluminum, 9mm diameter, sag gradients
  • Configurations: 165 x 38mm (6.5×1.5”), 190 x 50mm, (7.5×2.0”), 200 x 50 or 57mm, (7.875×2.0 or 2.25”), 216 x 63mm (8.5×2.5”)
  • Weight: 275 grams

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