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The Tuesday Tune 11 - To Adjust Spring Rate or Compression Damping?

The Tuesday Tune 11 - To Adjust Spring Rate or Compression Damping?


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 Guys, I noticed something recently with my bike, I am on a Commencal Am v4 and it has a monarch plus rt3. Everyone I know rides their bikes in the wide open setting, but I have noticed that my bike was going through its travel easily, and I was getting bucked because I had to use too much air to counteract this (I also have 3 spacer rings in it). I learned that I can take around 8 to 10 psi out of the shock and run it in the middle "pedal" mode, and I get a coil like damping feel that is more sensitive because I can run it with a softer feel, yet I don't blow through travel easily, and I don't get bucked. Would like to get your ideas on this, is it safe to run my shock in this setting?
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 Yep, it's fine. It just runs a firmer LSC setting, but it doesn't shut off the shim stack or anything so no chance of damaging the shock (well, in any way that wouldn't have resulted in damage in the fully open setting!).
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 For some reason I can not view this video. Message,"The media was aborted due to a corruption problem or because the media used used features your browser did not support". I'm using Mozilla Firefox version 48.0.2. I will check my computer. Safari does work.
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 I figured it out, Its the older operating system I'm using is not allowing me to update my browser.
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 I've had a Fox 36 rc2 2016 for just over a year now, and have never made so many adjustments on a fork or shock in my life... I just can't seem to find the balance between sag, small bump sensitivity and brake dive. I currently am running the fork at 65psi with lsc fully wound out (least damping) and the hsc a few clicks from full open too. The fork dives, but any higher psi or compression damping and it's just really harsh. The fork has been serviced last week and has always been regularly serviced. I'm not sure what i can do, other than sell the fork and buy a lyrik!

My question is, do you find some forks/shocks just don't have the sensitivity to meet the rider's desired feel with either spring rate or damping?
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 Did you try volume spacers
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 @Dylanpatterson: Yes, tried 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. I think the spiking in the fork comes from the air seal design personally
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 Great. I was happy with the setting of my fork, but this video made me question my contentment.

Thanks for this very informative lecture Smile
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 While we always encourage people to play with their own setups in a methodical way if they think things could be better, there is also a lot of merit behind "if it ain't broke don't fix it" Smile

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