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.
I Can't Get My Float X2 Set Up the Way ShockWiz Wants
@dingle485 asks in the Bikes, Parts, and Gear forum
: I recently purchased a 2019 Fox Float X2 and put it on my 2016 Giant Reign. I also attached a ShockWiz to help me dial in all the adjustments. I chose to go with the "Softest - Planted" setting on the ShockWiz app to match my riding preference, and just to see what it was like.
After fiddling a bunch, this is the best I could get.
I had no spacers installed, yet it told me to remove a spacer. Similarly with the LSC, it was fully out at its minimum, yet the ShockWiz suggested less.Has anyone seen this before? I'm kinda disappointed that I can't get such an expensive shock the way I would like. Any suggestions? For reference, the shock tune is DHGC.
30-Tooth Chainring Too Small? Question:
Slomoto asks in the All-Mountain/Cross-Country Forum
: I'm using a 32t chainring on my Intense Tracer 27.5 and thinking about going to a 30t. What are you guys running? What do you think about switching to a 30t?
Bike GPS or Use a Phone? Question:
@Mikehorn05 asks in the All-Mountain/Cross-Country Forum
: Right now I only use Strava on my phone to track speed and distance and elevation got my rides. I ride mostly all-mountain style trails and usually 15 miles per ride. Why would I want to use a bike computer or GPS instead of just having my phone in my pack? Or just keep using the phone?
Love flat pedals, but... Question: @Arierep
asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country
: Hi all,
Just for context, I was a clipless user for 10 years, my current bike is a Bird Aeris AM9 enduro 29er (long wheelbase, 500mm reach at size L). I decided to try flat pedals one or two months ago: Nukeproof Horizons Sam Hill edition with Shimano GR7 shoes.
Had lots of trouble at first with my feet coming off in jumps and drops. Then ended up improving midfoot pedal, heels down thing, along with better weight distribution and learning to work with the bike Vs fighting it. So, right now, have no problems with jumps, drops or corners or flow style trails in general. In fact, one month of flat pedals made me a much better rider in these conditions. But, a big but, I still struggle at high-speed rough sections. I used to be the absolute king of charging through stuff in my group, but with flat pedals, I slow down considerably on rock gardens or generally fast rough sections. I'm speaking about proper enduro and DH tracks.
It seems no matter how hard I try to move rearwards to put weight in my feet they are still not loaded enough to stay put. Also, by then I start to have too little weight in the front end, causing traction and stability issues.I have a race in two weeks so need to sort this out. Did anyone experience the same? Any tips regarding suspension setup? Mind my bikes very long geometry proposes a "weight forward" riding style. Can this be a source of the issues?