upgrades and reconfigurations, meaning that the shock can easily
be swapped to another bike in the future. The shock (like nearly
any other on the market) should be serviced roughly once a year.
With the $125 service fee, a rider will not only receive any updated
components, such as shims or pistons, but can also opt to have
the shock re-valved for a completely different bike. Compared
to our stock Fox Float X shock, the ElevenSix added about a 1/2
pound to the total bike weight.
WHAT DID WE RIDE IT ON?
We had Push build our ElevenSix for our long-term enduro test
bike, the Pivot Mach 6. This proved to be a bigger undertaking
than we originally thought, because the Mach 6 is designed for
the kinematics of an air shock. In fact, Darren had to work hard to
adapt the ElevenSix to the needs of this bike. The Push ElevenSix
is the only coil shock approved by Pivot for use on the Mach 6. It
should be noted that this is not as simple as a bolt-on “upgrade”
to a coil shock. This shock needs to be engineered to work with
the kinematics of your bike. If you don’t see your bike on the list,
contact Push to find out if the ElevenSix is a good choice for your
HOW DID IT PERFORM?
Installation: It’s pretty easy breezy. Push includes the specific
mounting hardware for whichever bike the shock is tuned for. That
means you only need to swap out two bolts to install the shock.
Not all frames have the clearance for the large damper assembly,
so be sure to work with Push before pulling the trigger to make
sure your bike is compatible.
Setup: You’ve already told Push your riding preferences, weight
and bike info, so the shock shows up ready to rock with the recommended baseline tune dialed specifically for you. Push also
includes a handy printout of your suspension info, so even if you
fiddle with it, you can always get back to the basic recommended
Our shock showed up with a 450-pound spring, which was a
little on the stiff side; however, riders who frequently fall between
spring rates will love that instead of coming in 50-pound increments, the Hypercoil springs supplied with the ElevenSix come in
25-pound increments. Our between-two-springs rider finally found
the perfect rate for his softer suspension preference.
On the trail: The ElevenSix feels supremely supple on small
bumps, yet has a very supportive mid-stroke that keeps the shock
from feeling too hammocky in the middle of the travel. The shock
feels like it’s simply moving a high volume of oil through its ports.
This thing doesn’t feel like a hypodermic needle plunger; it feels
like a diesel-engine piston. While the shock does add some weight
to the bike, the supple feel coupled with the quality of travel will be
worth it for some.
This shock feels like it was built with the most aggressive riders
in mind, riders who will appreciate the fade-free performance on
long descents and strong damping control on big hits. We took this
shock down several of our favorite shuttle runs and rode many laps
in the bike park, and we were very impressed. Down one of our
favorite lines that’s well-known for boiling the oil in a shock from
so many successive hits, we reached down to find the ElevenSix
damper cool to the touch—something we’ve not experienced with
any other shock to date.
Pointed uphill: Most riders will opt to have one setting for
climbing and one for descending. This is the way the shock comes,
unless you specify otherwise. The ElevenSix keeps the suspension
travel moving, but keeps rider weight impressively supported. We
found this helpful on both technical and smooth climbs. When
charging up a rocky ascent, the shock maintains traction well,
which improved our climbing efficiency. On smooth climbs, the
rider weight seems to settle into the sag point and stays steady to
keep pedaling feeling pleasantly efficient. It’s far from a lockout,
but it wasn’t meant to be. Still, if you want to tune it to be firmer,
you have that option with the turn of a knob.
Buying Advice: The ElevenSix is the ultimate tuner’s shock. It
is built for the rider who will appreciate its capacity to handle the
most aggressive trails and long descents. It’s not for the rider
who wants a set-it-and-forget-it shock. The $1200 USA-made
masterpiece is for those who truly want to dial in their bikes and
don’t mind emptying their wallets to do so.
This is one of the best climbing coil shocks we’ve tested, yet
it didn’t give up the plush and stable qualities we value in a coil
spring. The shock is supple on small stuff, controlled on big hits
and extremely tunable to adapt to nearly any rider’s style and
personal preferences. Of course, there is that crazy-high price tag
to swallow, but given that this shock can truly outlast your bike,
it’s worth it for the right rider. If you want to find out if you are that
rider, give the guys in Colorado a call. They’ll tell you—with no
marketing-speak—whether or not this is the shock for you. ❏
•Supreme tuneability and ability to use on multiple bikes
•Superb craftsmanship that makes the price worthwhile
•Excellent customer service to dial in your settings
•Better performance for the most aggressive riders
•The huge price tag
•Weight penalty compared to air shock
Not for everyone: Push is very particular about the tunes they do,
and the ElevenSix may not work for every bike out there.
MARCH 2016 / MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION 81