ed257 wrote:I am confused...
I definitely have a 2012 Shinn Monk II. However, I see the Shinn Monk Forever also listed as 2012.
When was the design changed to the Forever?
Yes.. the MF was released in Aug 2012, so they are both 2012 if you wish to split hairs.. Shinn releases models through they year - they do not roll out an entire range once a year - so it's hard to pin year models on them. The monk forever will be with us until Aug 2013 at least...
ed257 wrote:I assume the Forever is the design that Shinn is going with and the Monk II is gone. Is that correct?
Yes.. Monk II discontinued production in July 2012..
ed257 wrote:Has anyone ridden both of these in the same sizes?
Yes, and the MF feels almost identical to the original under high loadings and heavy power, but it does have a little more light wind ability, size for size, and in the larger sizes seems to suit heavier riders better. It's also equipped with a 2 year warranty as I understand..
It doesn't take a lot of reading to find a consensus, and you'll find the the extremely polarised negative views about product either prevalent if they are true, or biased if not.
Go try one for yourself!