Gear: RockShox Monarch XX Carbon

The Monarch Goes Carbon and Gains RockShox's X-Loc Remote Lockout

XX Carbon: Dare we say it's sexy enough to warrant another x in its name?

RockShox has been getting fresh with their Monarch XX rear shock, which for 2012 will feature the hydraulic-actuated X-Loc remote lockout system found already on XX-level forks. The top-end XX Carbon model lightens up courtesy of a carbon fiber air can and weighs in at a shapely 275 grams (including lockout system).