The in-house experience of two of their employees of the Scout plus DB IL Coil is that it’s good. It changes the character of the bike. The shorter stroke length means that on bigger hits it does blow through the travel easily, and you can’t totally tune it out with HSC.
I can see that – you’re running it at 30% sag, you’ve only a two inch stroke, so you’re going to need a pretty dramatic ramp up, which might be outside the range of the shocks adjustment.
The two guys have gone back to air shocks since (Fox DPS).
I don’t want a Fox DPS – same issues in bigger mountains as a Monarch I presume. Ideally, I don’t want a change of shock to massively change the character of the bike – I like it as it is, just want to make it a bit more suitable for a bigger mountain application.
So am now wondering whether air is indeed a better choice for me. Either Float X or DB Air are the ones available in 190×50.
I’ve got a Scout with a Van RC MX tune and a Pushed Float X. They feel different, I run much less sag on the coil to compensate for the more linear stroke but it is more supple and I think there is more grip. Not having a climb switch is a problem when you think too hard about it but it’s easy to forget about once you go down again. I think on balance that I prefer the coil most of the time.