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VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 21, 2017 at 15:35
16 hours
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
Our understanding from the Rockshox press release is that they updated the Pike's air spring to be much more like that of the Lyrik/Yari, which remains basically unchanged. Mentioned here - http://bit.ly/2sWUlBe
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 21, 2017 at 13:10
18 hours
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
@Happymtbfr: it's been considered, but then we need to provide a whole bunch of different length air shafts which adds to the cost as well as being inconsistent in their volume due to the variations in length.
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 21, 2017 at 8:24
23 hours
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
Nothing is done up to torque in our workshop with a multi tool, don't you worry :)
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 21, 2017 at 8:22
23 hours
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
They're an adjustment like rebound, compression etc, they let you set the fork up according to your own priorities rather than hoping whoever designed it likes the same feel you do.
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 21, 2017 at 8:21
23 hours
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
Have not had the opportunity to check fitment or function on the 2018 Lyrik yet sorry!
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 23:05
1 days
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
@kwl1: glad to hear you're liking it! To clear up some potential confusion here - the way the air springs are constructed in these forks, the air piston always starts at the same distance from the bottom of the stanchion. Different travel configurations just have more shaft or less shaft sticking out the bottom. What that means is that a longer travel variant has the piston move further in to the fork at full compression, meaning a higher compression ratio. Likewise, with longer travel Yaris, there is more air in the lowers to begin with, hence a higher compression ratio there too (same with the Lyrik/Pike, but they only have the bottom of the air side stanchion sealed, not the damper side like the Yari does). As a result, our standard recommendation when considering a Luftkappe is that the Lyriks work really well at anything up to 170mm (as tested in this review) and are quite progressive (maybe too much for some people) at 180mm, while the Yari at 180mm is really progressive (probably more progressive than most people are going to want), at 170mm is still fairly progressive (ok for some, a bit much for some), and at 160mm or less is great pretty much across the board. As a general rule, if you've played around with your stock setup and come to the conclusion that 2 or more tokens are necessary for your preferred setup, it'll work very well for you. If you're running 1 or none because otherwise you find it's too progressive, you may not like the feel as you won't have the room to remove sufficient tokens with the Luftkappe.
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 16:11
2 days
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
Unfortunately not, sorry!
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 16:10
2 days
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
Unfortunately not - only for Solo Air, from MY2014 (Pike) to MY2017 (Pike/Lyrik/Yari). Fitment with 2018 models has not yet been checked but I would not expect it to work.
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 16:09
2 days
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
UPS and USPS are your best bets. I would recommend avoiding FedEx as they can't seem to read labels very well. Check the Shipping tab on our website (right down the bottom of the page).
VorsprungSuspension AJBarlas's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 13:53
2 days
Vorsprung Luftkappe - Review
We did consider that when we began development of the Luftkappe (I am personally a big fan of coil - my DH bike is coil F&R), because obviously there is lower friction, fewer tuning variables and a completely linear (initial) spring rate with coil, but there were a few things that put us off it: 1. First up, it's obviously heavier. Some people care, some people don't, either way that's cool. It wouldn't bother me personally. 2. As a conversion kit, it's inevitably going to be significantly more expensive. We wanted maximum performance per dollar spent, and at $85CAD I think that's hard to argue with. 3. It'd score the inside of the stanchions, if it isn't fully contained within its own cartridge (which in turn adds both weight and cost over a typical spring-in-the-stanchion setup). That's ok if you're certain you don't want reversibility, but otherwise it's expensive damage. 4. You're stuck with the existing spring rates provided by the manufacturer. 5. Coil springs in short travel forks need a good anti-bottoming mechanism (either hydraulic or pneumatic), otherwise you end up running an overly stiff spring rate or a ton of compression damping to resist hard bottoming. Even in DH bikes I feel they're hugely beneficial, and you have way more energy absorption with that much travel. Air springs give you a lot of tunability there. 6. Travel adjustments are either more difficult/complex, or more expensive - even if you just changed spring plunger length you run into issues with needing to adjust the spring rate simultaneously, which means purchasing another spring. Horses for courses though - coil forks generally feel rad, but nothing is perfect.
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