I'd email you, but I'm in no rush to get a response and I think others might be interested in my question too:
I'm planning to build a Devinci Spartan this new year, which ships with the RS Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair (what a mouthful). I've heard great things about this shock and will be running it for quite a while I'm sure. However, I'm sure there will come a time when I will find myself wondering if my frame could benefit from something like the CCDB Air. In other threads I've heard people comparing the BOS Kirk favourably to the CCDB.
Can you please comment on your impression of the BOS Kirk vs the CCDB Air, and whether there would be any performance improvements running either of these shocks in the place of an upper tier Monarch?
Apologies for the delayed response and thanks for the question.
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The CCDB Air CS and BOS Kirk both offer similarly high quality manufacturing and materials, both offer a huge range of external adjustments so they can be tuned for any bike by the rider, and both offer excellent performance regardless of your frame choice.
The CCDB Air CS wins more sales on a few factors: Cane Creek's excellent base tunes make one of the most tune-able shocks one of the easiest to tune by offering you an excellent starting point for most frames, Cane Creek uses standard 1/2" hardware (Fox, RockShox, Marzocchi, Cane Creek), Cane Creek shocks have a lower price for a similar quality product.
The BOS Kirk wins on exclusivity. If you are planning to run it in one frame then the 12mm hardware isn't a deal breaker. With the price of the Euro currency and manufacturing in France vs. North Carolina you pay a premium of ~+$150 for the Kirk.
You can't go wrong either way. We definitely sell more Cane Creek shocks.
Regarding the Monarch:
We generally choose not to comment on specific products that we do not service and support as the value of our opinion is left up to the reader and, for people who do not know us, it becomes a matter of weighting your perception of our integrity vs. our profit motivation.
We serviced/supported SRAM/RockShox products at one time and we no longer do so. This is not due to the performance of their products, but because of significant issues with quality control (both materials and manufacturing), regular parts shortages (and shortages of regular parts like 32mm and 35mm fork seals), and very poor support from the brand that negatively affected riders' views of our services despite being entirely out of our control.
Your results may vary.
Thanks again for the question!
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