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Air IL (Next Gen)

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The new Air IL shock packs class-leading performance in a smaller and stronger package. IL shocks feature class-leading externally adjustable DB Twin Tube technology for the widest range of 4-way damping adjustability on the market.

  • Four-way independent adjustment
  • Climb Switch & integrated tool
  • A thicker inner damper tube for increased strength
  • A 17mm reduction in overall width on the valve body to increase fitment possibilities on tight frames
  • A 6mm reduction in the outer diameter of the air spring to further increase the likelihood of fitment
  • Increased max psi pressure up to 350psi (Up from 300psi)

Hand-assembled and individually dyno-tested in our Western North Carolina facility, IL shocks continue to provide a level of quality, performance, and rider benefit that is unmatched.

Shocks are sold without Hardware.

Save $49+ with the Shock Hardware + Install Package: Get free shock hardware with your purchase of a shock (you must call us to redeem this offer).

All shock returns are subject to a 20% restocking fee.

Need help tuning your shock? Visit our Rear Shock Tuning Guide

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+/- 385g* (Varies by size)


Twin-tube independent compression and rebound in two high-speed and two low-speed damping circuits


High-speed compression & rebound. Low speed compression & rebound. Climb Switch.


50.5mm valve body, 51mm air spring


Hand assembled in Fletcher, NC


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Q & A

Is the new next gen suitable for a YT Izzo (Framesize L) and if yes, which size? Emanuel asked on September 18, 2023

Unfortunately none of our shocks fit the Izzo. They designed the rocker link to have a very tight tolerance and many shocks will not fit this design.

Ben Rea answered on September 18, 2023 store manager
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Which IL shock is compatible with 2021 Santa Cruz Heckler MX? Thank you Vlassis Konstantakis asked on August 18, 2023

We have not been able to confirm shock fit with the Heckler MX. Many Santa Cruz bikes have a narrow shock tunnel that only allows for smaller shocks. If any of our shocks fit it would be either DBCoil IL or Kitsuma Coil since the coil springs are more narrow than our Air can. You will want to verify this with Santa Cruz before using an aftermarket shock...

Ben Rea answered on August 22, 2023 store manager
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Will this fit a ripmo V2, and what would be the benefit over the Fox? Mike asked on August 11, 2023

Yes it will fit the Ripmo V2. You need part number BAD2070 - DBAir IL Next Gen 210x55

It depends on which Fox shock you are comparing this to but the only Fox shock that comes close to offering the same performance, damping adjustment range, twin tube damper, etc is the X2, and the X2 does not have our patented CS lever, and it's a much larger, heavier shock.

We also build every shock, by hand to order here in NC so give us a call or email and we'd love to help

Ben Rea answered on August 15, 2023 store manager
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Do you know if this fit my 2018 Pivot Mach 4? Kim Wagner asked on July 27, 2023

Your 2018 Mach 4 uses a 184x44 shock size which we no longer make. However we did make this size in the previous gen DBIL if you can find one in the aftermarket.

Ben Rea answered on July 27, 2023 store manager
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Will my 2018 Devinci Django be able to accept this shock? I’m seeing 7.25x1.75 as the listed length of mine. Converting to 185x44 ? Doesn’t look like I may have a fitment option. Chris asked on July 20, 2023

Unfortunately we do not offer the 184mm x 44mm shock size in the Next Gen IL shocks. You may be able to find this size in the previous generation DBAir IL or DBInline, used or in the aftermarket.

Ben Rea answered on July 20, 2023 store manager
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Had a few rides, but very satisfied! Air IL seems as good as Öhlins TTX Air (Air IL is a touch better IMO). But the ability to tune it precisely to work in the perfect balance with the Formula Selva is amazing benefit! I hope it will handle the clavis mount. The best thing is — it is so small, but the performance is among the best.

The only complaint is that when you set it up, the CS lever gets in the way and you easily forget to open the CS lever after you made some changes. It’s a minor thing, but a bit annoying. Maybe in future it would be nice to change the shape of the lever a bit.

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Best Mtb upgrade I’ve ever done, well done Cane Creek!

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Product Details

Four-Way Independent Adjustment

Built with Cane Creek DB Twin-Tube Technology, the next generation of IL shocks have the widest range of damping adjustability on the market – designed to bring a new level of control to XC and Trail Bikes. The Air IL provides riders with accessible external adjusters that control the shocks’ High and Low Speed Compression and High and Low Speed Rebound.

The DB Twin-Tube four-way control of the Air IL allows riders to make quick trail-side adjustments to increase pop, improve plushness or add support to their ride.

Climb Switch & Integrated Tool

Four-way adjustability becomes even more accessible with the new integrated tool nested in our CS (Climb Switch) lever.

When engaged, the low-speed damping is changed with a set of internal “climbing circuits.” We tune these circuits specifically for the demands of off-road climbing to achieve improved pedal efficiency with less chassis motion. Unlike other climbing platforms, our CS feature adjusts both low-speed compression and rebound.

New Air Spring + Compact Design

The redesigned Air Spring on the Cane Creek Air IL was developed to enhance the overall ride characteristics while reducing the physical size of the shock. The new compact design and increased MAX to 350psi results in an air spring that fits more bikes and more riders.

Structural Durability – Assembled by Hand

Cane Creek’s engineers have upgraded the all new Air IL with thicker inner damper tubes for increased strength and resilience from forces that the shock has to withstand while being ridden hard. To ensure maximum quality control and performance each and every Cane Creek rear shock is hand assembled and individually dyno tested in our Western North Carolina facility.

Double Barrel Twin Tube Technology

Exclusive Twin Tube Technology circulates oil continuously through the damping valving to achieve highly controllable, independent damping for both compression and rebound strokes. This unique design moves oil through externally adjustable valving instead of the main piston, allowing for superior tunability and eliminating the need for internal valving changes to achieve proper shock setup.

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Reed Mann

Design Engineer
Name: Reed Mann
Position: Design Engineer
Year started: 2022
Best part of being a part of the Cane Creek family:  It’s very refreshing to work for a small, tight-knit company where we all share the same passions and to develop new products that make cycling better for everyone.
What you’ll find me doing on the weekends: Obviously riding bikes, but also wrenching on bikes or cars, exploring the mountains, and watching F1 races.
How I got here (at Cane Creek): Feeling pretty unfulfilled with a corporate engineering job, I happened to see that Cane Creek was hiring. I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands dirty working on the latest bike tech and was fortunate enough to be offered the position.