Liked a comment on the item The Return of the Goat – We Ride the All-New 2018 YT Capra 2/8/2018 10:34 PM

Kudos for having the most thorough article of the Capra online atm. Great job, Vital!!

Liked a comment on the item The Return of the Goat – We Ride the All-New 2018 YT Capra 2/8/2018 10:33 PM

Agreed, by far the best article and pics on the Capra that appeared online today. Well done! Nothing game changing but another solid and well priced bike from YT. A shoot out with the Enduro, Nomad and Wreckoning would be fun.

Liked a comment on the item The Return of the Goat – We Ride the All-New 2018 YT Capra 2/8/2018 10:32 PM

I'd pay an extra 1k for 2 threaded inserts in the frame

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/18/2017 4:13 AM

Effective spring rate: the spring rate at the wheel. But to your point, yes, preload actually just changes the starting point of your spring curve (how much force is needed to start the spring into its travel). The slope of the spring curve remains unchanged (because a coil shock is linear). The...more

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/18/2017 4:13 AM

With the caveat that if you run a longer spring on the same shock body, you can preload it more to bump up the effective spring rate. Because you have more room to load up the coil without causing it to bottom out on itself at the end of travel.

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 4:28 PM

Totally, damping is a bandaid solution for bad spring rates, but if your shock feels dead, damping is still an available bandaid solution.

This one of many reasons why I love air suspension- it's so hard to dial in spring rate with coils, and you can't do anything about spring curve progression-...more

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 4:27 PM

There were progressive springs for a while on MTB's. I think the reason we don't see them now is that they fatigue. Springs on bicycles are as short as they can be to save weight and, aside from new Metric shocks, there isn't room for a longer spring. With progressive wound springs a few coils work...more

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 11:03 AM

Thank you, and I did not think it was purposefully derogatory on your part. Maybe, "widely believed" was too harsh, but either way... @stagnant read further down on the page you referenced...

Word Origin and History for niggle
v.
1590s (implied in niggling), possibly from a Scandinavian source...more

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 11:03 AM

As somebody who has American parents and who has lived and worked most his life in various English-speaking countries/companies, I might contest your use of the term "widely believed" in this context, as "niggles" is definitely a term used in many places to describe "minor issues" (and certainly...more

Added a comment about feature We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 10:25 AM

I don't think it was meant in any derogatory context...at all.

From dictionary.com -
verb (used without object), niggled, niggling.
1.
to criticize, especially constantly or repeatedly, in a peevish or petty way; carp:
to niggle about the fine points of interpretation; preferring to niggle rather than take steps to correct a situation.
2.
to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details:
It's difficult to be meticulous and not niggle.
3.
to work ineffectively; trifle:
to niggle with an uninteresting task.

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Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 10:16 AM

Yes I did, but there's still something slightly "dead" about it. I guess pushing against a dynamically loaded (air)spring is inherently more "bouncy" than pushing against a platform, regardless of how stiff that platform is? Glad you liked the article!

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 10:16 AM

Johan! Loved the article. I especially like that you took the spacers out for the sake of testing to try to get the air shock feeling more "coil-like."

Have you tried cranking low speed compression on the coil shock to give you more of a platform for jumping (make it feel more like the air shock)?...more

Added a comment about feature We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 9:01 AM

Awesome info. Thanks for all the detail! I can't wait to try out some similar tune settings. And it makes sense on the 425 spring being only a 3". I've read your other posts on the Float X2 and spacer testing...also good info. I'm going to have to play with 2 vs 3. Thanks again...keep shreddin'

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Added a comment about feature We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 6:21 AM

Thanks for putting this together. What good timing...I have the same Capra and recently picked up both of the same shocks!

After just one day of lift access on both, I am really impress with the air shock. The coil is definitely plush and ground hugging, but it felt almost 'dead' at first. I expected it to be better on such a progressive frame. Time to hit the jump park to compare.

@Johan - Can you list the LSR/HSR/LSC/HSC you have found to work best for both shocks? I haven't had enough saddle time to dial them in. I am also curious if you use your climb switch much at all? I debate buying one. It's sad it costs so much more when other lengths come with it. I rarely used the switch on the stock Monarch when climbing.

And lastly, an observation - I am running a 400 x 2.75 spring for my weight and sitting at 30% sag with two turns. I noticed you have a 3.00 spring...what a great idea, duh! That would allow for more broad sag range. I will say, I had to buy two springs to find the right rate...a drawback to coil shocks.

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