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Good question....
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Some things I have learned so far:

* Floating piston monotubes have less travel for a given length shock than twin tubes or emulsions in non remote reservoir applications.

* Adding a remote reservoir to a monotube shock increases the amount of travel available for a given length shock by moving the internal floating piston out of the shock body and into the remote reservoir.

* Any shock (even $30 twin tubes) can be turned into a remote reservoir shock with a divided piston using Fox, King, or other remote reservoirs.

* Bilstein RS5000 shocks now have a gas-charged version called the RS5000X. Prices are virtually identicaly for the two.

* "Buy Fox", "Buy Bilstein", etc. is common online and seems generally to be echoed sales rhetoric and drastic simplifications of objective truth. All manufacturers seem to have a general class of competing products at certain price points: For example, Bilstein 5100 vs Rancho 7000 vs Fox Evolution. These are all basically non-rebuildable shocks which are then marketed at a lower price point than rebuildable versions of the same shocks by the same manufacturers. Therefore, it would be inaccurate to say that a Bilstein twin tube is somehow better than a Rancho twin tube. Product tiers are separated by features, delineation of the market could be done preferably by feature comparison rather then specification of manufacturer.

* KYB manufacturers sealed monotube shocks (labelled "Gas-A-Just") which by design look identical to Bilstein 5100, Fox Evolution, and Rancho 7000 shocks but cost $38/shock on amazon. No reviews of such shocks exist online, therefore, it seems that marketing carries heavy effect on the adoption of shocks.

* Manufacturer support and reputation seems to carry significant subjective weight. For example, King and Fox carry the offroad market. Bilstein seems to concentrate mostly on performance road applications. Ohlins on motorcycles.

* OEM sharing between manufacturers for lower end shocks is common, meaning that most twin-tube shocks are fungible.

* Huge difference in applications between West Coast Baja Racing, East Coast Rock Crawling, and Mall Crawling.

* A lot of people who rock-crawl and do extremely well off-road use cheap twin-tube shocks but are generally quiet about it.

* Fox Performance 2.0 IFP shocks and Doetsch 2.0 Rebuildables IFPs are the two best deals currently on the market for rebuildable monotubes with machined aluminum alloy bodies.

* Anecdotally, patterns of speech on internet forums indicate the following narrative: My old, tired, beat up shocks from { Manufacturer A } are drastically inferior to brand new shocks from { Manufacturer B }, therefore { Manufacturer B } is superior. These post-hoc fallacies can reduce the objectivity of internet forums.
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