Mountain Biking - 2002 Giant DS3
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02-06-03, 02:41 AM
Nope I didn't buy it but my cousin did. He is a clydesdale rider as well and wants to upgrade the stock shock. I realize this question has been asked about another Giant but I am not sure as to what will fit and what won't. Any suggestions? Spring rate etc...
He sits in the 220 pnd range.
02-06-03, 09:15 AM
Just making sure here....but you are talking about the rear shock or the front? I'd assume the rear? :p
If so, well here's some info to help you out. The shock eye to eye length is 6.50 and the stroke length is 1.50.
The DS needs a little heavier spring that some other bikes....the leverage ratio is a bit higher on it. Sorry I'm not good enough to give you a spring weight for him right off the top of my head.
If he's got the cash go for a 5th element....nice shock...for some it can be tough to tune properly.
If not....check out Fox...nothing to special...just dependable.
I don't know if any of the other companies make anything to fit that application...I bet they do..I just don't know myself.
Oh there's Romic too....they have all different sizes to fit a ton of bikes.
02-06-03, 12:11 PM
Thanx. That at least gets him started. I think his goal is to ride it until stuff breaks and then replace it :)
02-06-03, 12:38 PM
If he's looking to just put a heavier spring in there, the MAX you can find in QBP and most places is an 850 lb for a 1.5 stroke. If you want a heavier spring than that, you're going to have to get one directly from FOX. I wanted a 900, and couldn't get one. I ended up calling FOX, they had a 950 and a 1050. I went ahead and got both since I couldn't find them. The 850 provides a bit too much sag for my 235 lb self, and the 950, not quite enough, but I'm using that one. I don't know if I'll ever use the 1050, except maybe a XC race where the course if flat!
So, long story, but I would recommend he try an 850 if he's 225 lbs.
02-06-03, 01:05 PM
I was able to find quite a few shocks. I sent my cous an email to let him figure it out. But when I was looking this up - for that bike it has a max spring of 550pnds. Would it be safe to go that high A2?
02-06-03, 01:14 PM
Well, different bikes have different max rates. Also, different shocks have different max rates. The max rate for my Intense is 850, but I figure a bit more won't exceed their safety factor.
I'd e-mail Giant and ask what they recommend for him. Maybe 650 would be the "MAX-max" I would try!
02-06-03, 02:25 PM
Thanx A2 I get wes to email and ask. Cheers
02-06-03, 04:21 PM
I would take a look at what Romic has to offer. I run a Romic on my DS1.
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