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Old 07-27-06, 02:22 AM   #1
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Noob front suspension and tire pressure questions

Hi all, I'm really glad I found this forum... I'm learning ALOT!

well my question here has to do with my front fork for my new Gary Fisher Wahoo. Here's the specs if you need them:

Main frame Gold Series 6061 T6 internally and externally butted aluminum | Genesis Geometry

Fork RockShox J1 | 100mm travel | Preload adjust

Headset Aheadset | Semi-cartridge | Sealed

Bottom bracket Cartridge

Crank Shimano MC09 42/32/22

Pedals Nylon platform

Front derailleur Shimano Acera

Rear derailleur Shimano Alivio

Shifters Shimano EF50

Cassette SRAM PG830 | 11-32 | 8spd

Chain Shimano IG51

Front hub Alloy
Front rim Bontrager Camino
Front spokes 14G Stainless Steel

Rear hub Shimano RM60-8
Rear rim Bontrager Camino
Rear spokes 14G Stainless Steel

Front Tire Bontrager Jones XR 26x2.25

Rear tire Bontrager Jones XR 26x2.2

Front brake Tektro 845AL V

Rear brake Tektro 845AL V

Brake levers Shimano EF50

Handlebar Bontrager Crowbar Sport

Stem Bontrager Sport | 25d rise

Grips Bontrager Dual Density

Saddle Bontrager Select ATB

Seatpost Bontrager Sport

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My front suspension seems to have gotten softer since I first bought the bike (might just be my imagination), and since I've been only riding around town, I was hoping the "preload" adjust could help me make the front stiffer. I've heard that the harder your front suspension is, the easier it is to go up hills and such. I've experimented with turning it clockwise (it says "+" for clockwise, "-" for counterclockwise) but I didn't notice any difference. Can you enlighten me on this?

My next question is about tire pressure... what PSI should these tires be at?

THanks, sorry for all the newbie questions
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Old 07-27-06, 02:29 AM   #2
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Yep, most forks should loosen up over the first 3hours of riding usually. Infact it might seem like a bit of a surpise when it does! I'm not too farmilier with the J1, but i think thats the lowest RockShox fork...so i wouldn't excpet wonders from the adjustment unfortuently.

RE: Tyre pressure - It will depend on how much you weigh and what conditions you are riding in. I run 50PSI on road in general, but when doing XC i'll run about 40PSI...and if the conditions are really bad i'll just drop it down a bit more. Tyre pressure is a personal preference though, you will need to experiment. I suggest starting it off at a certain pressure and seeing how you feel, then adding a bit more and testing that pressure etc. Remember, you will use different pressures for different conditions (e.g. the higher the pressure, generally the faster the tyre will roll but the less grip it will provide).

Hope this helps.
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Personal preference plays a large role in determining tire pressure. Just remember lower pressures can lend to pinch flats. I typically ride at 40-45psi.
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Tire Pressure: What does the tire mfg. recommend?...this is always on the sidewall...its important to keep it between the min/max, whatever suits you best

Fork: adjusting the preload will only adjust the sag...what you need is a fork with rebound adjustment to be able to adjust the "cushion", and yes, a stiff fork helps on climbs and when racing, but you would need a fork with a lockout or a serious rebound control (but then you would have to keep resetting it on the decents)
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Old 07-27-06, 10:42 PM   #5
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Tire Pressure: What does the tire mfg. recommend?...this is always on the sidewall...its important to keep it between the min/max, whatever suits you best
I regularly run my tires below the recommended minimum.
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My rst fork on my 4300 had that +/- dealy, and I never felt a difference either.
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