The TM’s shock—which is a TM brand, built in Italy alongside the rest of bike—can best be described as plush, with good mid-stroke feel and decent bottoming. The initial part of the stroke is extremely soft, giving the bike a low-in-the-rear feel, even when the sag is set to a standard level. About the only time the bike is not squatting is when you’re hard on the front brake going down a hill; otherwise, the rear end settles a few inches just about everywhere[is this good or bad], being most noticeable on heavy acceleration and when shoving the bike into corners. Off-road, this initial plushness eats up small chop and creates a surprisingly pleasant ride through stutter bumps and small rocks. Because the shock isn’t deflecting, the power gets to the ground readily. On larger hits, the mid-stroke has better hold-up and will absorb impacts in a balanced manner, while the bottoming resistance is acceptable for all but the hardest of flat landings. At first, my instinct was to try speeding up the rebound on the shock to keep the rear end from getting into the mid-stroke so quickly, but a consistently fast/kicky feel at the bottom of the stroke helped me decide to leave the stock setting in place. If this shock had both a high and low speed rebound, I most definitely would have tinkered with the settings more.