|There's a big difference between the 2009 and 2010 BoXXer forks, with the older model sporting slim 32mm stanchions and the 2010 and newer versions featuring larger 35mm upper tubes. That said, both the '09 and '10 models have blue and silver compression adjusters at the top of the right leg, and although these adjuster control differently designed dampers, turning them clockwise on either fork is only going to add compression and make for a less forgiving stroke. That could be what's happening, although I'd bet that the fork's spring rate is also too stiff for your weight. Start by backing out both of the blue and silver compression knobs by turning them counter-clockwise until they stop, then going for a ride on one of your typical trails to see if you're getting full travel. If the dials have to be completely backed out in order for you to get more than 120mm of stroke, you'll need to drop down to a softer fork spring so that you can make use of the fork's damping range. You may need a softer fork spring depending on your weight and how aggressive you are, but the lack of travel could also be a sign of trouble, either too much oil in the fork or something worse. Time to take them to a shop to see what's up, which, given that they're six years old now, wouldn't be a bad idea even if they were running okay. - Mike Levy|
Things have changed a bit since 2009, haven't they? But there's no reason why stuartd can't get his 2009 BoXXer Team to feel pretty decent by using the right settings and correct spring rate.
|As you may have discovered, your 2005 Reign is unique in that Giant used special bushing and spacer hardware on that model for one year only. Many shocks use 12-millimeter eyelet bushings, but Fox shocks uses a larger, 12.7-millimeter diameter one and sometimes that cause compatibility issues. Fox sells bushing and spacer kits through retailers for around $10.00 USD, but you'd have to know exactly which one would retrofit to your Van R shock, or buy a number of kits and try to mix and match the bits. Because you are upgrading your Giant's air-sprung shock with a coil-over from a different maker, I would contact an aftermarket shock bushing supplier to get the proper kit, rather than attempt to get the information from either Giant or Fox. |
TFTuned is a great source and they should have the expertise to answer your questions. The TFTuned site has a slick shock/bike fit engine. Unfortunately, your '05 Reign is not in their database, so you'll need to contact them directly. Another source for bushings is the Enduro Fork Seal site, which sells RWC needle-bushing kits for a comprehensive list of shocks and bike models. A Fox kit for your '05 Giant Reign is listed there.
Finally, to get you started in the right direction, Fox has a handy page that shows how to identify the different eyelet configurations it uses, and how to remove and replace the components with simple tools that any garage mechanic should have. Start with the Fox page, identify the style of bushing and caps that came with your Manitou eyelets, and then use that information, along with the hardware size and bushing-width measurements to help order the larger, 12.7mm bushes and caps you that will need to adapt the Fox Van R to your Giant. - RC
|I won't claim to know where the absolute "best" riding in South America is, but I will say that my time in Chile last spring (which was autumn in the Southern Hemisphere) left a lasting impression, and I'd jump at the opportunity to return. The riding around Santiago is full of dry, rugged and rocky trails, and many of them can easily can be shuttled. Nevados de Chillan, located about 7 hours to the south, and the location of last year's first Enduro World Series race, is amazing as well, with towering mountains, volcanic steam vents, and a grey, silty soil that's unlike anything I've ever ridden in.|
The local riders and residents that I encountered were all extremely welcoming and enthusiastic; mountain biking, especially DH and enduro racing, is catching on in a big way in Chile. Montenbaik.com is a good resource for more detailed information about the Chilean riding scene, and I'm sure Pinbike's South American readers can chime in with more specifics as well. In any case, enjoy - there aren't many better ways to experience a foreign country than on a mountain bike. - Mike Kazimer
|The correct service kit for the Mallet DH Race is the 3/11 rebuild kit. This kit is suitable for all Mallet or 5050 pedals dating back to 2011 in the 3 or 11 levels. For your convenience there is a handy re-build guide on the Crank Brothers site. I've not heard any issues yet with newer DH Race version, but the pedal body of the standard Mallet had been known to come off the axle after prolonged use when the bearings were already worn out. If this happens you can end up with a damaged axle, and it will cost you a lot more than a rebuild kit, let alone the potential hazard of losing a pedal mid-ride. If you keep on top of the servicing, they should last you plenty of rides. The kits are priced at $19.99, less than the price of a new pair of cleats, so there's no reason not to keep on top of the maintenance. - Paul Aston|
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