Mountain Biking - Shox pressure
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I have Scalpel 800 and it is tough to figure it out what the best pressure is (I just switched from hardtail).
I usually ride 100 miles trips (when time)with average of around 14-15 miles (80% offroad). My weigh is 162lbs. What air pressure should i put in my rear shox (Fox)?
So far I was using 150 - 155 (pumping 160-165 but 10 dissapeares)
What is your opinion?
01-27-03, 11:37 AM
I think that the companies that produce your front suspension and rear shock have instructions online about where to start with pressure and how much to add based on your weight. Might be worth a try.
01-27-03, 11:41 AM
Trial and Error. I'd pump both up to your weight + 10 psi and see how you like it. Adjust up and down in 5 psi. increments till you're feeling "da luv".
Problem is that i just switched from hardtail - I am not sure what is correct - i prefer to pump it up to nearly hardtail - but than why did I purchased fully?:)
Cannondale recommends on their web to put riders weight minus 30% - but in my opinion it is too much
I am looking for someone who has also scalpel so he knows the pressure and its feel
01-27-03, 12:03 PM
The Scapel is a short-travel XC race bike. You're not gonna want the bike to be "PLUSH", especially if you're coming from a HT bike. I'd take your shock pump with you on your next ride. Do a series of short rides (same loop over and over) with different pressures. Set it to 115 like they recommend. Go for a ride. Bump it up by 10 psi go again. Keep doing this. Sure it's a pain in the butt, but think of it as a learning experience. That way, you can dial in your preferred pressure for a specific style of riding. i.e. if you're doing a 100 mile trip, you'll want it a bit softer. If you're doing that XC race, you'll want it firmer to just absorb the big hits!
Trial and Error and a little time! Only you can "feel" what's right for you!
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