Fifth Element Air Rear Shock

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Doug Taylor, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. Doug Taylor

    Doug Taylor Guest

    Now that the temp is 50 deg here in upstate NY, my thoughts have drifted back to mtn. biking. Not
    that we will be on the trails before May due to snow cover for the rest of this month and mud the
    next, but ya gotta dream and plan in between doing winter sports.

    So, I have a bit of cash to blow on upgrades and was thinking about the Fifth Element Air to replace
    the Fox Vanilla rear shock on my Superlight. The Fox is in decent shape after 2 seasons of abuse,
    but the Fifth Element "reportedly" reduces bob which is common on a single pivot.

    The question is whether this is true to a degree that justifies blowing $350.00. The cash is not an
    issue per se, but maybe it could be put to better use (wheels) if the shock upgrade is more hype
    than reality.

    Anybody have any experience / opinions?