Ok, I have a patriot 66 that I want to upgrade. I already have a pair of Marzocchi 55 rc3s that I was going to put on it but would anyone like to recommend a new shock for it? The dimensions are 215mmm i2i x 63mm stroke or 8.5" x 2.5". Or 200 x 57 According to this thread http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/patriot-66-shock-info
I do not mind if it is coil or air but do not want to spend too much money.
I was looking at locos dueler shocks http://locotuning.co.uk/dsp-dueler.html for £275. I stopped using the frame and got a MX Prophet (Now a bit sick of the bolt through back end on the prophet) as the Pratriot was a slow on the flat (No problem going up or down) so it would be nice to drop a bit of weight. I can also remember the damping/rebound was not that controlled. It currently has a Manitou Swinger Coil 3 way on it.
Another thing is what are the differences between this bike and say an Orange Alpine? Is it weight/angles or in the real world is there not much difference and it would be better with a new shock.