RockShox Monarch RT3 rear shock review

Good performance and great pricing

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £275.00 RRP
RockShox Monarch RT3 rear shock

Our review

Increased smoothness and consistent control with easy set up and great pricing
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RockShox has been working hard to make its shocks match its excellent forks and the RT3 delivers good performance and great pricing. Breakaway and low load friction has always been a problem for RockShox shocks, but new air spring, seals, lubrication, glide ring and piston produce a more sensitive start to the stroke to suck up small bumps. It’s not the best, but it’s one of the best, in terms of ground connection.

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That said it’s important to choose the right pre-set tune from the wide range offered by Fisher as they tend towards the firmer side. That’s great if you’re an aggressive rider who wants a more planted, stable feel through corners, but if you want a more buoyant, mobile shock for a plusher feel we‘d definitely choose a ‘Low’ rather than ‘Medium’ tune. Especially as the ‘Floodgate’ low speed compression damping gives the opportunity to firm it up or completely lock it out anyway.

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Rebound is similarly broad with a foolproof tortoise and hare graphic and sag markers printed on the shock shaft to make initial set-up easy. The fixed filler valve should ensure reliability and the price includes a shock pump (fit kits are £17) making it cracking value.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Monarch RT3 (11)
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, RockShox

Description Description, 2, 0, Description, Sizes: 165x38, 184x44, 190x50, 200x50, 200x57, 216x63mm. Adjustment: Low-speed compression and rebound, high volume sleeve available
Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 282