When SRAM flicked out a little teaser yesterday with a lo-res photo of this carbon air can equipped rear shock I was tempted to post it up; I'm so glad I didn't with all the info and the proper release coming through just now. So if you're a lock-out inclined XC rider with a penchant for saving weight, then read on.
For the rider looking for the ultimate speed and efficiency, RockShox introduces the Monarch XX Carbon rear shock. RockShox combined two of its most advanced technologies, a carbon fiber air can and the XLoc hydraulic remote lockout, to create one of the most advanced rear shocks for cross-country racing and trail riding.
Monarch XX Carbon features instant lockout via an ergonomically superior XLoc hydraulic remote and the weight savings of a new carbon fiber air can. The XLoc hydraulic remote controls the lockout with simple push-push actuation mounted cleanly to your Avid brake and SRAM shifter with MatchMaker X compatibility. This industry-first hydraulic remote system is fully sealed leaving it impervious to debris, so the lever force never changes over time. The 15g carbon fiber air can is half the weight of its aluminum counterpart while maintaining the supple spring feel Solo Air is known for. The air can is completely carbon fibre except for its small precision aluminum main seal gland, to maximize weight savings without sacrificing any durability.
• 275 grams* • XLoc Hydraulic remote (available in left or right) • 360 degree hose exit for ease of set-up and hose routing • XLoc hydraulic remote system is a fully sealed system that is impervious to debris, so the lever force never changes over time • Non-Carbon Monarch XX available OEM