Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: boogled up in...Idaho!
Bikes: Crap. The box is not big enough...
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um, I haven't ever thought to try one. Does it sit in the screw end okay? The spring should be pretty stiff, because, unlike a chair, you're gonna be whacking it with yer butt at 20+ MPH. Well, at least I don't do that with my office chair...might be cool, though. Office chair slalom racing. hmmm.
When you dial the spring tension tighter, you are actually increasing the pre-load, and causing the spring (and thus the bike) to have less rear travel. It makes the bike feel stiffer, but doesn't change the actual spring rate. lessee...the spring will start to travel later in the bump, but it will go through its travel exactly as fast as it would with no pre-load. You slow the travel of the spring down by buying a stiffer spring, with a bigger number...and you'll more than likely want a slower spring than a faster one.
No, you probably don't want a titanium spring, although they really do impress the women at the starting line. But, well, I dunno. Try it. If it feels mushy and bottoms out a lot, you are probably going to have to hunt for a used one on eBay or something.