Rockshox Monarch RC3 AutoSag Rear Shock: Customer Review

In this review, one of our customers Paul Grinold gets himself a new Rockshox Monarch RC3 Autosag rear shock for his Specialized Stumpjumper 6fattie. With a Fox Factory Series 36 fork up front, this new shock should do the job just right. Check it out!

Rockshox Monarch RC3 Rear Shock Review


Winter time is upon us so I haven't been able to ride this shock as much as I would like but so far it's a solid performer on my 2017 Stumpjumper Comp. I had just completed several key upgrades including a new fork so I wanted a rear shock that could match the capability of my shiny new fork.

I decided to go with Rockshox Monarch RC3 Autosag 197 x 48 because all of the forums I read indicated it was one best choice out there. The Monarch RC3 checked all the boxes for me as I was looking for something with a 3 position lockout, plush travel, and proven reliability. Also, I believe a higher volume shock will work well for trail bashing and hopefully some all-mountain rides at Gore and Whiteface in the coming summer months.

RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Rear Shock


I am a heavier rider at 250 pounds (I think they call us Clydes?) so this shock is a good match with my new Fox Factory 36 fork. It is quite smooth in its initial travel. The pedal bob, which is common on full suspension bikes, is virtually non-existent in any of the three modes once I configured my rebound correctly. I believe my rebound is set 2 clicks from all the way closed. Another thing I really admire about this shock is that it rides high in the travel which is nice considering that the new 160mm fork I am running runs high too. This makes for good geometry in my opinion. The pedal strikes that were commonplace on my bike in stock form are not existent as well. I am not a super skilled or highly technical rider so I am not good enough to be dodging strikes all of the time. With the new setup, I can pretty much just leave the shock in pedal mode and forget about it. It just works awesome! Also, I am running 250 psi in the shock to match my weight however, I could probably take a few psi out since I am not using all of the travel.

Current Setup

  • 2017 Specialized comp carbon 6 fattie
  • SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain 32 tooth boost 
  • 2018 Fox Factory 36 FIT4 160 mm travel
  • Rockshox Monarch RC3 specialized 197 x 48
  • Renthal Carbon Fatbar 780 mm
  • Roval Aluminum wheels 29 mm inside diameter

So I'm thinking I have a winner here!

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September 17, 2018

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