How to Fit a PUSH Industries ElevenSix Shock: Santa Cruz Megatower

By Stan Portus –  17 Nov 2020

The new PUSH Industries ElevenSix Rear Coil Shock brings unrivalled sensitivity, adjustment and consistent performance over long descents. Take a look at how to fit the shock to a Santa Cruz Megatower and get a rundown of how the ElevenSix will give you your best ever ride experience.

For 2020, PUSH Industries has introduced a new and updated version of its game changing ElevenSix rear shock.

With any of the new ElevenSix shocks attached to your bike you can expect an incredible ride.

Building on the success of its predecessor, the latest ElevenSix and has expanded into three different shock bodies for different styles of bike:

The ElevenSix HD features a melonite QPQ high strength steel shaft to bear the brunt of the unique shaft loads exerted on fixed yoke mounted rear shocks.

The E-MTB specific ElevenSix shares the same features as the ElevenSix HD but has compression and rebound characteristics tailored to the specific demands of E-MTBs.

The ElevenSix Micro brings unprecedented traction and big hit control to a bike with less than 125mm travel.

All ElevenSix’s come tuned to your bike, weight, and riding style, which can be selected when purchasing the ElevenSix through the PUSH Shock finder.

Tuned by Saddleback’s expert PUSH mechanics, this means that 80% of the shock’s set up is done for you, and you only have to fine tune the last 20% – a direct inversion of other shocks on the market.

The ElevenSix can also be readjusted if you change your bike to a different ElevenSix compatible model, so you can continue to reap all the same benefits even if you upgrade your ride.


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The Tech

At the core of the PUSH 116 is PUSH’s Patented Dual Overhead Compression Valves, which effectively creates two shock in one. You can switch between two compression valves by simply flicking an ergonomic toggle, even on the fly. You can be sure to have a firm tail while climbing or pacing along smooth trails, and then switch to a softer ride for demanding descents.

Working in tandem with the valves, the ElevenSix features a large reservoir and IFP (Internal Floating Piston). The oversized design allows for minimal movement of the IFP when hitting loads of bumps, and consequently minimises any heat build-up which can hamper performance. This means that over long descents the ElevenSix performs the same all the way through, not firming up like other shocks, and keeping your riding as comfortable, grippy, and bump eating as possible.

The ElevenSix’s spring is design by HyperCo exclusively for PUSH. The coils allow for perfect end-of-coil position for linear compression. This doesn’t just improve performance but also prevents the spring from binding on the shock body and making any noise. HyperCo springs also don’t fatigue meaning less time waiting for your shock to be serviced and more time out on the trails.

Decreasing friction also leads to improved small bump sensitivity and greater traction. PUSH uses precision-ground bearings in the ElevenSix to eliminate rotational friction as well as shaft binding friction under load.

The bearings also have lateral movement built in. As you go through a corner the rear and front of a bike twist in opposite directions putting strain on the shock. With lateral movement built in, these forces don’t affect the ElevenSix and it can continue through its direction of travel as normal.

It's not just about small bump sensitivity and consistent ride feel. The ElevenSix also has you covered on those big jumps and moments when you realise (a bit too late) that your landing is flat.

The shock has an independent shaft piston that provides a large increase in compression damping in the last 15% of the stroke. Because it is completely independent form the main shaft, the performance is not affected throughput the stroke.

The ElevenSix features a new four-port symmetrical progressive damping piston assembly. This provides smoother flow and an increase in damper response allowing you to have better control during your ride. Reconfigured compression and rebound valving stacks provide greater damping on larger impact and g-outs. The shock also has a cone shaped rod bumper that provides even greater bottom out control.

Oh, it also happens to look rad on a Santa Cruz Mega Tower.

Picture of a green Santa Cruz Hight Tower mountain bike with a PUSH ElevenSix rear shock on a leafy track

The Details

• Available in Standard Eyelet and Trunnion Mount
• Metric sizes only
• New HD model featuring Melonite QPQ high strength steel shaft
• New Micro model features lightweight compact design
• New Patented Dual Overhead Compression Valve System with increased range
• New 4 Port symmetrical Progressive Damping Piston
• New Independent Hydraulic Bottom Out Piston
• New Motorsport grade spherical bearing eyelet mounts
• New High-Volume Low-Pressure Reservoir System (90psi)
• 25 Clicks of External Low-Speed Compression Adjustment
• 25 Clicks of External High-Speed Compression Adjustment
• 18 Clicks of External Low Speed Rebound Adjustment
• Ultralight Hybrid HyperCoil progressive spring system
• Engineered specifically for each bike’s unique suspension characteristic
• Motorex 3D Response Technology Oil
• Manufactured and Hand Assembled by PUSH in Colorado 

Close up of the PUSH Industries 11 6 rear shock mounted on a Santa Cruz High Tower

The PUSH Way

Formed in 2003, PUSH has always taken great pride in providing riders with the best possible performance upgrades. PUSH’s team of engineers and riders build every component over and over again riding, evaluating, and modifying their creations obsessively until they’re satisfied.

All PUSH components are made and hand-assembled in-house at the company’s Colorado home by skilled technicians, ensuring ultimate quality control.  

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