Willie1

Long Time motocrosser who crossed over to biking a couple years ago.

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Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 10:06
Sep 19, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
If I remember correctly, they dropped the carbon Dorado after the first year, because of production issues. Switching to a different facility would have driven the price up even more, and the Carbon version was already unobtanium. The Dorado is the oldest of the modern designs, and when it came out it was the lightest fork (Maybe the boxxer might have been a few grams lighter than the Aluminum Dorado, but the Carbon version was the lightest fork on the market.) . Its getting a little long in the tooth weight wise, but I suspect there is a revised version in the works. They have produced a lower end fork at a better price point, with the same internals, with a slightly heavier chassis that is less expensive to produce. The Dorado is the closest thing to the Moto forks I have used for decades, in terms of setup, feel, and tracking.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 17, 2014 at 11:49
Sep 17, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
Dorado: Weight Lb / grams 6.55 / 2973.7 Boxxer RC: Weight 26” - 2882g, 27.5” - 2934g Boxxer WC: Weight 26” – 2585g , 27.5" - 2637g Fox 40: Weight 20mm thru axle 5.98 lb / 2.71 kg The Fox and Manitou are weighed with axle, not sure about the Boxxer. This does not take into account the unsprung weight.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 17, 2014 at 9:17
Sep 17, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
@ Waki: Does this look super smooth to you? Precision is very important at 40-50mph. http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Related,20/Ruts-at-dilla-with-pictures,1274294
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 17, 2014 at 9:13
Sep 17, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
Its simply marketing that allowed the manufacturers to sell the cheaper design. Now that they convinced people, they need to come up with "solutions" for the lies. What has been sold to MTBers is the opposite of how the fork actually works. Its extremely puzzling how someone can believe the brake arch can make up for the other deficits in design, like the overlap issue and smaller clamping area at the tree where most flex happens. Its like you guys believe your tire has so much cornering traction that it can overcome the laws of physics. Something a lot of people overlook with an inverted design is how critical the torque of the clamps is. Overtighten, and the tubes can distort, too loose, and the fork loses precision. You need a torque wrench to set it right. If wrong, serious performance hit.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 16, 2014 at 9:58
Sep 16, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
Gabriel Mission9, you are very misinformed. It wasn't about braking in moto, it was about steering where you want to. That is tracking. The inverted design tracks better, in the standard definition that tracking means to everyone except you who is involved in two wheeled sports. I have not read a single review of the Dorado that complains about flex or tracking. In fact, almost every review I have ridden notes that the Dorado is the best tracking fork, and that they never felt it was flexy. Check your weights. I posted them last time you spewed this misinformed bullshit.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 20:12
Sep 15, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
Here is a discussion on the change: http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Related,20/Picture-of-MCs-Zooks-Conventional-Forks-Anyone,1037041
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 19:40
Sep 15, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
Inverted designs were lighter than the conventional designs they replaced in moto. It was a marketing ploy to say otherwise. The dorado tracked better than the 40 at pretty close to equal weight.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 12:56
Sep 15, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
@ gabriel-mission, how do you explain that in motorsports, the reason the standard design was abandoned was because they had to overbuild it so much that standard forks had too much friction and weight to compete? It has been simple marketing that sold a "good enough" product to people for years, because standard designs are cheaper to produce. They can use looser tolerances and get away with it. It is obvious that the designs feel different. This is probably what people refer to as "flexy" but its a difference in reaction to terrain, that once adapted to allows much better tracking. As far as I know, Fox is the only company actively rejecting inverted designs. Maybe that's because their behind the 8 ball in development?
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 12:48
Sep 15, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
Even though I'd had plenty of great experiences with TPC+ damping in both the original Dorado, and later a much loved 7" Travis, I still was not sold on the new fork as a whole. At a much greater price than some of the competition, as well as a much flashier appearance, I almost wanted it to not live up to the expectations. That is obviously not the case. As much as I would like to find fault with the Dorado, speaking strictly about the fork's performance, I simply can't. Pretty much every suspension company out there manages to produce a full fledged DH fork that will never hold most of us back, none of the other top forks are exactly dogs, but with the Dorado on the front of my bike I had more confidence than ever before and that says a lot. At the end of it you can find all the faults you like, the reality is that this is the highest performing no-compromise DH fork available to consumers out of the box.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 12:48
Sep 15, 2014
RockShox RS-1 - Review
This came just before the release of the redesigned Fox 40. Which is the same old design. Obviously Manitou and DVO have put out exceptional products that work very well. Great propaganda on Fox's part to sell their outdated redesign. Here's a take on the Dorado: The truth is that no matter how good the Dorado is, and it really is that good, there will be those that will find fault with it. Let's be honest here, it could be easy to find something to pick out: it's carbon and no matter how much proof is out there or how well it is made you are sure that you will snap it in two simply by loading it onto your bike rack! And of course it's inverted and you simply will not be able to ride down your local hill without the front wheel pointing off in the wrong direction! Oh yeah, it's holy-shit expensive and you... Ok, I'll give you that one as I'll never be able to afford it either! But wait, the new aluminum legged version sporting the same amazing internals could be just the ticket for us bike bums. I'll be truthful, when bits of info and pictures of the new Dorado were first made available I immediately balked at the prospect of the new fork.
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