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8/4/2009 12:09 PM

I have a Rock Shox Totem and am running into huge issues with stiction at the top of the travel. It uses all of its travel upon big hits and g-outs, but the small bump compliance is nill. It has been rebuilt several times by suspension techs, but this thing is beating the crap out of me. Any recommendations or tech tips? The lower half of the travel is smooth.


8/5/2009 3:47 PM

my freinds is kindof like that. he adjusts the compression a bit and its a little better smile


live to ride, ride to live smile

8/5/2009 4:55 PM

Even running the compression completely open does not help. Its pretty weird and super exhausting to ride


8/6/2009 6:12 AM

There's a thread on mtbr somewhere that goes tuning the shimstack to get it to be more small-bump compliant(it's for the lyrik, but as far as I can see after taking my totem apart and putting it back together the totem is identical).. lemme see if i can find it..


8/6/2009 6:20 AM
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8/6/2009 11:11 AM

Thanks! I was going to start messing with shim stacks or craigslist it and get a Boxxer or 40. I will look into shim stacking first


8/7/2009 7:50 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/7/2009 7:51 PM

have faith.. i loved my totem.(for what it was, kinda in love w/my boxxer wc)


8/10/2009 4:32 PM

Problem solved, BoXXer World Cup. I am going to keep the Totem and try some things. I think I will drill the hole in the damper to allow a bit more oil flow and see how that goes. I have heard positive results from some other locals.


10/15/2009 8:22 PM

totems really sucks i have had sooo many problems with mine


10/16/2009 4:14 PM

Totems are amazing forks. I will be back on one next year. Spending a bit of time and money to get them tuned will only make them better. Lets not turn this into pinkbike and start claiming products suck with simple one-liners.

Your personal issues with your Totem are likely valid, but there are tons of satisfied Totem owners, me being one of them. I have discovered the issue with my fork and will be getting another one next year.


10/21/2009 11:00 AM

Only one key component in the original Totem that makes it bad. Remove the gate feature in the Mission control and problem solved, don't do any drilling.
Or get a new Mission Control DH.

Nick I'll help you out on Saturday, takes just a few minutes if you want.


10/21/2009 11:57 AM

If I have it back in my hands I will bring it along. I have a coil and an air kit for it, thinking of trying the air. My Boxxer WC feels great!