Originally Posted by MaroonZX3
Is monotube another name for the inverted design? I'm thinking so, but I could easily be wrong about that.
No, a monotube shock can be found with standard design shocks (valving at bottom of shaft/rod). For example, most Bilsteins are monotubes and are not inverted design. A monotube design costs a little more because they require better seals and valving as they use higher internal gas pressures.