Mountain Biking - Is it possible more rear travel on the '03 giant ac 2?
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03-12-03, 12:07 AM
pretty much what the title says. Or is they're a stiffer shock than what comes on stock?
03-12-03, 12:09 AM
The title meant to say "Is it possible to put more travel on the '03 giant ac 2?"
03-12-03, 08:18 AM
YES.... the frame uses the same exact linkage as the 2001 and 2002 models...and I'm such a nice guy I'll even give you a link to a place that makes longer links. The only down side is that they are not in the U.S. But the plates come with new bearings too. I don't have a set yet, because I got a DH bike too...so I don't need more travel outa my AC. Hope that helps.
Also what do you mean by stiffer shock? Do you just want a stiffer spring? Are you looking for more damping adjustment...what? Give us some more info on what you're looking for outa a shock and I'm sure we all can give you some good info on what to look at.
03-12-03, 10:25 AM
yeah I meant stiffer springs. Those Giant AC team long travel plates what does it mean by 5, 6 and 7.5 inch of travel, does it somehow increase the travel by 1.5?
03-12-03, 10:42 AM
Ok....what it says it means... you get 5 inches at one setting the next is 6 inches and the final one 7.5 inches of travel.
Where as it is stock .. it's 4.5, 5.1 and 6 ( i think those are right)
Yes no problem getting stiffer springs, there are a bunch of after market companies that make them. There will be numbers on the side of the spring like 500x2.0(these numbers are just an example of what you see on the spring) The number berfore the X is the spring weight, and the number after the X is the lenght of the spring. So for example if it says 500x2.0 you'll need something like 550x2.0 or 600x2.0 (again these are just examples) It depends on your weight and riding style as to what you get.
I hope that helps
03-12-03, 11:20 AM
That helped alot thanks. I kinda figured that the travel was 5, 6 and 7.5 I just wanted to make sure I was understanding it right. How would I determine what spring weight I need?
03-12-03, 11:27 AM
How much do you weigh? And are you planning on doing huge drops? or just setting the bike up for DH? Or just as an all around trail bike...with tons of travel..ha ha?
I'm about 160 and I don't do huge drops...maybe about 5ft is as big as I'd go on my AC...bigger on the DH bike.....anyways. I ride a 500lb spring on mine and it's perfect! I run a little preload on the spring...just a few turns...that's it.
03-14-03, 01:15 AM
I'm 6'1" 165 lbs. I would probably start out kinda small but I wanna get to 10 ft. plus, it would be nice if the bike lasted that long but I'm not sure it will so 500 will probably be good... maybe a little more:D
03-14-03, 09:04 AM
Ya sounds about ok for now... if you do get close to 10ft you'll blow through it like nothin though, you can turn in your compresion damper in to help stop it from bottoming hard. If you do get those new plate though, the spring rate may need to be changed to compensate for the extra leverage the new linkage gives you. Good luck and post some pic of you doin drops!! Later man
03-14-03, 09:19 AM
thanks for the info. I'll post some pics once I get a new bike and come out of the hospital tryin to figure out how big I can go.
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