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Liked a comment on the item Custom-Tuned Versus Stock Mountain Bike Suspension - Vital MTB Advanced Class 3/21/2020 8:33 AM

The two shocks were tested in the open mode. The levers are just clocked slightly different between the two shocks.

As for the compression question, we're essentially opening up both compression circuits. So it will be lighter that the stock...more

Added a comment about video Custom-Tuned Versus Stock Mountain Bike Suspension - Vital MTB Advanced Class 3/20/2020 11:40 AM

I noticed that in the shock slomo and pov footage, the stock shock seems to be running the dpx2 in the medium or mid compression setting vs the tuned dpx2 seems to be running in open. Any comment or validation to that?

Related but unrelated... Can you speak to the differences in performance between running a light compression tune with a few more clicks of LSC adjuster, vs a firmer compression tune with the adjuster more open. I realize that this is shock design specific info/commenting, so we can keep it specifically to the DPX2. I guess I'm wondering if I'm better off with a lighter tune and keeping the adjuster mostly closed so that we're forcing the shim stack to do the work, vs utilizing the built in bypass circuit that fox and so many others utilize in order to provide a range of adjust ability.

Me personally, I'd love to run my shocks more open on compression settings, however I'm one of those people that needs the compression to push off of/into. I typically will deal with a bit of harshness in order to have the bike there when I need it to be able to launch. I can almost always tell when I've got the shock so open that it feels like a port orifice damper (mayonnaise) and this has always been a struggle for me with oem (un-tuned) suspension products.

Lastly... going to get specific to myself here... I have a SC Megatower with the RS SD Ult. I am wanting a new shock for this bike so I can lighten the compression damping up, but still have the bike provide the support I need in the midstroke to pop off of features. What would you do for a shock and tuning. I am not concerned about dollars here... I've considered everything from custom tuning the SD to an 11/6 to a marz bomber cr and putting the fox van rc light/light tune in it.

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Added reply in a thread How would you stop Richie from flatting? 8/17/2018 10:32 AM

I'm a moderately skilled weekend warrior mountain bike rider, and a highly skilled road course racing driver (Miata's) including some endurance races. I don't have much to add with regards to making adjustments to Richie Rude's riding because I just ... more »

Added a comment about video LUDICROUS LEOGANG - Vital RAW, World Cup DH Day 1 6/8/2018 6:00 PM

Best vital raw edit so far. Phil Atwil's riding takes the cake for most fun looking. The speed on blenki, iles, bruni is unreal. The bulldog looks like he's trying to smash the course to pieces. I could watch the middle moto rhythm section literally all day.

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Added a comment about press release Jake Hood Takes the Road to Enlightenment on the All-New Kona Satori 3/30/2018 8:53 AM
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I race for my lbs so I help out at most of our demo's leading rides etc. Fortunately, that has allowed me to demo a lot of bikes. I've ridden pretty much all of pivot's range, all of giant's offerings and santacruz as well. I've ridden a few kona's and even less rocky mountains. I currently own an SC Hightower LT, a kona heihei and a nomad 4. Out of all of them the hightower and the heihei get the most ride time. It's getting pretty difficult to pick between the hightower and the heihei at this point because the heihei is so damn fun.

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Added a comment about press release Jake Hood Takes the Road to Enlightenment on the All-New Kona Satori 3/29/2018 3:51 PM
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Kona's FUSE rear suspension platform. It is a flex stay based single pivot design. I was very leery of it until I demo'd a heihei 29 dl with it and I was blown away. So much so I ended up buying one. The bike snob in me wants to justify the VPP systems of the bike it shares a stable with, but the fuse suspension design is fun as hell. I'd be interested to try it out in a longer travel form. I love it on the heihei because it makes the bike explosive and very poppy. It adds an agile feel that is very welcome with the 100mm of travel. I'm not sure how that would translate to the longer travel form.

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