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Added a comment about slideshow First Look: 2016 Pivot Mach 429 Trail Carbon 6/23/2015 10:55 AM
C138_spota

Reach is backwards (inches/CM reversed) - Wish she was a hair longer and a hair lower with slightly longer stays... Still looks good.

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Liked a comment on the item Tucker vs Jeff | Lithium Trail 6/22/2015 4:20 PM

Probably looks a lot like mine but with a 3 axis. http://imgur.com/a/ztBnU

Added a comment about video Tucker vs Jeff | Lithium Trail 6/22/2015 11:15 AM
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He's small with bigger pads - I think this is why he never has a problem. Plus, the Tetons are pretty kind to dog's feet (compared to dry/desert/rockier places)

But I'll ask him tonight.

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Added a comment about video Tucker vs Jeff | Lithium Trail 6/22/2015 10:36 AM
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Thanks for making me laugh. - Jfkusa - its on Teton Pass in Wyoming. Unreal trail, partially shuttleable - though I usually pedal the thing so I can watch Tucker chase various critters as we near the fun part...

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Liked a comment on the item Tucker vs Jeff | Lithium Trail 6/22/2015 10:35 AM

see how it says "lithium trail" in the title?

Added a new video Tucker vs Jeff | Lithium Trail 6/22/2015 8:23 AM
C138x104

Tucker is fast. Jeff is slow. This is the proof. More via a gimbal.

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Liked a comment on the item How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/19/2015 10:22 PM

I'm impressed by your enthusiasm.

Re-read my comment with the graph. I don't disagree with you about how a volume change at the same starting pressure will alter the spring rate.

However, the slope (aka spring rate) does indeed change when you up the air...more

Liked a comment on the item How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/19/2015 9:41 PM

kc358, you've got some wires crossed. Changing air pressure does indeed change the spring rate. Here's a graph from RockShox to illustrate this fact:



Spring rate describes the stiffness of a spring and is defined as the (change in force) / (change in...more

Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/19/2015 9:00 AM
C138_rockshox_spota

I'm pretty sure you are wrong on this one. Adding air to an air spring does in fact change the spring rate the same way swapping a coil changes the spring rate. I'll let the real suspension engineers on this thread chime in.

You are also grossly overestimating the ability of your "average" rider to take advantage/understand suspension tuning. Its hard enough for most to just get sag/rebound setup right. I know offering products for said market isn't what you are after but I do believe keeping things simple is key. I also believe this isn't car racing - until we all have real onboard telemetry to tell just how well something is working and how fast we are really riding there is just too much personal preference which is *often* a result of just plain getting used to a certain tune.

Food for thought...

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Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/18/2015 11:39 AM
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Most frames are progressive @Kc358. http://linkagedesign.blogspot.com/ Spring rate can be increased by simply putting more air in no? I see where you are coming from and appreciate the idea of being able to modify the spring curve very precisely but 99% of users are struggling with the adjustments that are on the bike to start with. Adding more adjust-ability can do as much harm as good unless we send everyone to a "suspension tuning 301 class"

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Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/18/2015 8:34 AM
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This is also the same as what Trek did with their stuff no? (on the Remedy/Slash) - but as many rider's found with that design, you need to be able to tune this too or it may be *too* linear. Some ramp up is good. Too much is not. YMMV.

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Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/18/2015 8:03 AM
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Setup your descend mode to work properly on the way down. If you can't get that right you can always swap your compression tune to a firmer or lighter overall stack. The other two "modes" are really more accessories than anything else. (that said I generally ride my bike in the middle or firm one - which is an indication I need to bump to a firmer overall tune)

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Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/18/2015 8:00 AM
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Beat me to it. I've reread his comment 9 times and still not sure what he's saying. My best guess is this - I *think* what he wants is a way to increase the rate on a "flatter" curve. (be able to increase the rate in the mid part without it having such a big impact on bottom out progressiveness) I'd wager the only way to do this would be through negative air spring tuning (both amount and chamber size). Am I wrong?

I think we're over doing it...ha,

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Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/17/2015 4:13 PM
C138_rockshox_spota

Generally - zero. Which is a bummer! They are also a bit hard to come by this year.

As B alluded to, the change isn't nearly as marked with respect to the rings on the M+ compared to the Pike. Still, a worthy tuning feature and a bummer they aren't included with every shock.

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Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/17/2015 10:31 AM
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I'll chime in for the hell of it. The range of LSC offered on the Pike is somewhat limited. From what I gather the clinic was in air spring tuning more than anything else - as this is a part of the puzzle that most ignore.

LSC obviously does play into the equation as you imply. With respect to RS products, I've felt LSC is best to play with after dialing in your preferred spring rate. Again, the tuning range for the spring is rather large, not so much for the damping rate (without reshimming the damper).

I've actually started using a bar mounted stop watch to better understand and objectively test suspension changes. One thing is for certain - how good it "feels" is not an indication of how well it allows you to ride...

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Added a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/17/2015 9:47 AM
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Excellent work.

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - Leogang World Cup Downhill Final 6/14/2015 8:52 AM



Courtesy of Uncle Cliffy.

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - Leogang World Cup Downhill Final 6/14/2015 8:52 AM

LOL!!!

Added reply in a thread Why no 178.5 or 180mm mountain bike cranks? 6/12/2015 7:21 AM

My thought is we're only talking about 2.5 or 5mm. Which is at most 0.20 of an inch. The consequences of these longer cranks would be akin to lowering my bottom bracket 0.20". Something I know I could get away with. If it makes more sense "biodynamically" ... more ยป