Here at Pinkbike, we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers?" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech-oriented.
Can I set up a 160mm bike to ride like a 140mm bike?Question:
Jhomas.toseph asks on Instagram: If you've got two bikes with the same leverage curve, but one's short travel and the other is longer (say 141mm vs 161mm travel) would it be possible to replicate the feel of the short travel bike simply by increasing the spring rate on the long travel bike? I'm trying to choose between the Privateer 161 and 141, which look to be almost identical apart from the travel numbers. I don't ride flat out fast trails very often, so would generally prefer a firmer more supportive ride. However, I'm wondering how much of the short travel feel I could achieve on the 161 by running higher shock/fork pressures, whilst still having the option of a plusher ride with deeper sag for bikepark/DH laps. Any help would be very much appreciated! Cheers!
What exactly is meant by fork stiffness?Question: @PDXooo
asks: Please help me understand something. When people speak of fork stiffness (due to stanchion diameter etc.) what are they referring to exactly? Is the flex occurring where the stanchions AND crown meet, or stanchions to lowers...?Heavy inserts or heavy tires?Question:
A nice chap I got talking to on the trails a few weeks ago asks: I get punctures occasionally. Should I bother getting a set of inserts like CushCore, or just heavier-duty tires like DoubleDown casing ones instead of EXO (which has a similar weight penalty)?