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Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 1:06 PM

I think changing tune might be a little much for the average bike shop. There are certified service centers or aftermarket suspension tuners that might be better equipped to handle that. The LL tune can work really well on some bikes- I actually rode ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 12:38 PM

duh https://youtu.be/8Cs5O0PEnYs

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 12:30 PM

Usually- I get super excited about new bike parts, throw it on the bike and go for a ride. Then, when I'm less excited do the following: -set sag -parking lot set rebound (front and rear) -set compression clickers in the middle (dial type adjuster) or ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 12:16 PM

I know nothing about drivetrains. You'll have to Q&A a SRAM drivetrain guy from Germany.

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 12:14 PM

29 is working pretty well right now. I think plus sized tires are great for beginner/intermediate riders. I rode a 27.5+ fast in Moab and it got scary really fast. Bounced all over the place.

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 12:12 PM

hi- sorry i missed this one... The shock spec is up to frame manufacturers. It's not just average leverage rate. Leverage curve (through the travel), intended use, and product managers' preference all roll into selecting the spec. That being said- if ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 12:02 PM

It's hard but extremely rewarding. The travel is tough for me- jetlag, opposite sleep schedule and weird food makes things hard, but it is very rewarding to see something you have designed roll off the production line. The people are super friendly and ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:57 AM

lol maybe

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:50 AM

I always start with the spring- it's doing the majority of the work. Is it an air spring? Does it have any volume adjustment? If so- you can try adding or subtracting volume spacers and see what happens. When I'm playing with volume spacers I'll start ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:43 AM

Personal mechanic at the bottom to clean and rebuild it every single day. Damper connected to my brain to sense fear or oxygen levels and adjust accordingly. Stronger/lighter/stiffer using really expensive materials. Compressed air tank to adjust spring ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:39 AM

I think you know

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Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:36 AM

Certainly depends on the bike and situation. Air is lighter and generally more tune-able, however for suppleness and traction it is hard to beat coil. I'm currently air only, but mostly because I only ride one bike and I like having a lockout and being ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:30 AM

Low speed compression comes into play on inputs like pedal bob, weight transfer due to braking, pushing into a berm or the lip of a jump. Your low speed adjuster can help keep your fork from diving or help tune out pedal bob on your rear shock. This ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:23 AM

I think a few bike suspension companies have played with dual-rate springs, but no one has been able to make them work. Not sure why. I think springs are pretty hard to make in general, and adding another tuning option to a rear shock might be difficult ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:19 AM

Oh man... -I've taped rags around my stanchions to prevent oil from dribbling down my lowers and getting on my brakes -used beer can shims between axle and lowers to compensate for bent lowers on a dirt jump bike (QR fork) -bolt through frame and seatpost ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:16 AM

It prepares you somewhat, but I went out and did my own side frame projects and made bike parts in the ME department machine shop to gain more experience. Working in a bike shop part time is also awesome experience- and you get deals on bike stuff

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Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:13 AM

Lots of short (repeatable) loops or shuttle laps with swapping only one component each time. I also like to go A-B-A-B so I'm sure about my decisions. I think it's pretty critical to test components on only one bike. So if I'm testing forks, it has to ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:08 AM

I've really enjoyed my Transition Patrol- (horst link/FSR). I think that design lends itself well to making a bike pedal, brake and absorb bumps well. Leverage rate is easily tuned and adjusted. It's also easy to package (room for waterbottles etc) and ... more »

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:05 AM

My favorite ride would have to be getting dropped off on top of Vail pass and going Bowman's shortcut to 2 Elks EAST down to I-70. I also am enjoying a lot of the canyon rides here in Colorado Springs

Reply to Forum Hot Seat - Dave Camp, RockShox Design Engineer 11/19/2015 11:04 AM

It's a known issue

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someone is working hard on it...