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t_w

Member since Oct 2011 • Last active Oct 2019

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    To be fair, crashing is the strongest part of my riding. I do it a lot.

    More on the steep stuff coz I tense up.

    Riding with Gavin (who you met at Redlands on the Commencal Meta AM) I had one of those crazy rebound crashes. On a local kind of steep track I though I was a hero and hit this awkward compression hard. The rebound kicked back violently and I went straight up the banking on the right, then did a back flip with the bike to the section below that was after the next switchback. Fell about 10-12 feet.

    Gav thought it hilarious

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    It is a factor, even on flatter trails. This is one of the major weaknesses of telescopic forks.

    I don't enjoy riding off cliffs, though some of the crazy fuckers I (sometimes) ride with give me a good push. :-D

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    Rebound might get a bit uncontrollable too.

    Yeah, I've had some interesting crazy rebound crashes

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    @Danimal

    I second and third everything that has been said here, but will add that a simple lower leg service (if it hasn't been done in a while) can really improve small bump sensitivity.

    Also, less beefy fork chassis can result in bind between the uppers and lowers even in the low speed chatter decreasing small bump compliance. Modern super-slack head angles on trail and enduro bikes make telescopic forks work better as they are orientated more towards a plane that minimises bind.
    So another factor could be head angle on your bike (don't know if that is the case, no idea what you ride).

    Perhaps it's time for 59° degree head angle on all trail/enduro rigs.

    https://www.pinkbike.com/news/jack-readi­ngs-nicolai-geometron-dh-lourdes-dh-worl­d-cup-2016.html

    Just get the new Fox 38.

    Or the Trust Performance linkage fork, cheap at £2500.

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    Sad, sad news.

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    Is that £28 for both? If they're 27.5", 32h I'll take them.

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    Yeah, I thought exactly the same. I actually asked Steve from Vorsprung Suspension this exact thing, "Why hadn't Rock Shox done this from the start?" His reply was something like "That's something like asking why didn't Fox release the 2018 36 in 2014?"

    Sometimes it's trial and error in design and application, I suppose.

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    It's vastly improved the feel of the fork. It's a nice upgrade.

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    Depends on what size tyres you run. The i29's, being wider, can offer a better tyre profile for trail riding (wider tyre footprint thanks to the wider rim, more tread in the ground, better traction; greater volume, can run slightly lower pressures again for better tyre deformation to the ground & grip, etc). But such gains on a 29mm internal width rim like the i29 are best seen with tyres in the 2.35"-2.5" range usually. Extra benefit of the STp is that they're symmetrical spoke bed. The asymmetrical versions offer more balanced spoke tensions but the offset spoke bed has less material on one side and is more prone to denting. Lots of the MTB asymmetrical rims share this problem.
    The EN323 is a very good rim, better made than the i29 arguably and will be lighter, but has a 23mm internal width so tyres in the size mentioned above will tend to have less support on the side walls, squirm more under hard cornering load, burp, etc.
    But if you're running 2.1"-2.2" tyres then the EN323 will be fine.

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