In a shock built for all-mountain riding, you need pedaling efficiency, and the ability to absorb big and little hits, all at a decent weight. That's where RockShox's Monarch Plus RC3 shines. The Solo Air spring and Rapid Recovery tech offers a linear-like rate that's plush on the landings and controlled through rugged rock gardens. From the XC side, they kept the lightweight aluminum can and shaft, and added an external 3-position compression adjustment switch that lets you dial in the shock's firmness for the terrain in front of you. It also has RockShox's adjustable Dual Flow rebound and an external oil reservoir for smooth, plush, consistent performance no matter how long or fast the bumps come.