Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-28-03, 08:33 PM   #1
dazco
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
harder or softer fork for downhill stability?

Yea, i know it's a stupid question, but when riding down steep fireroads that are a combination of hardpack and loose dirt with a fair amount of ruts, what is the more stable fork.......lower air pressure for a softer fork, or opposite? I'm really not sure, but it almost seems to me like a softer fork is more stable. I'm running about 45lbs in my Marzocchi MX comp w/ETA on my FSR stumpjumper. And while i'm at it, how bout the same question for the rear fox float?
Any air pressure suggestions are welcome.....i'm 170 lbs.

Thanks.....
dazco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-03, 08:57 PM   #2
KleinMp99
New to bikeforýms.net
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 2,202
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by dazco
Yea, i know it's a stupid question, but when riding down steep fireroads that are a combination of hardpack and loose dirt with a fair amount of ruts, what is the more stable fork.......lower air pressure for a softer fork, or opposite? I'm really not sure, but it almost seems to me like a softer fork is more stable. I'm running about 45lbs in my Marzocchi MX comp w/ETA on my FSR stumpjumper. And while i'm at it, how bout the same question for the rear fox float?
Any air pressure suggestions are welcome.....i'm 170 lbs.

Thanks.....

You tell me what size pants fit me best, and i'll tell you what air pressure you want. Too soft is bad, too hard is bad. So pick something in the middle? Maybe even try different pressures and find what ones you like? In summary.....too soft and it will dive out from under you, too hard and it wont do anything.
KleinMp99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-03, 09:02 PM   #3
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Bikes: Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
Posts: 16,885
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I prefer a medium fork with medium rebound. I ride my fork softer than most my size. Not sure why but I just prefer soft. To rigid just doesn't do it for me
Maelstrom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-03, 09:12 PM   #4
dazco
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just to clarify, i'm not at all concerned with ride comfort, just stability. There must be a setting thats generally best for that. Just wanna make sure i'm doing all i can to prevent endo #2.
dazco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-03, 09:20 PM   #5
KleinMp99
New to bikeforýms.net
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 2,202
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Too........soft and it will DIVE too much, too "H-a-r-d" and it wont do much. Ummm......there arent "settings" in an air fork. Just go out and experiment, we cant hold your hand.
KleinMp99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-03, 09:37 PM   #6
dazco
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not asking you to. Just asking for advice, but apparently insults are more fun, eh? Whatever.....
dazco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-03, 09:52 PM   #7
PeterG1185
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: MI
Bikes:
Posts: 691
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
like Klein said harder=less likely for an endo, stability wise it's a toss up because riding styles vary and exactly what will work is hit and miss. The only thing i can gaurentee as said before stiffer spring will make you less likely to endo, but will also make the ride more harsh
PeterG1185 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-03, 09:55 PM   #8
KleinMp99
New to bikeforýms.net
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 2,202
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I didnt realize you wanted a number.........ummmmmmmm I actually went on the internet on the marzocchi site and found this page http://www.marzocchi.com/eng/spa/pro.../pressione.asp 75-85 KG = 48 PSI.
KleinMp99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-03, 10:31 PM   #9
a2psyklnut
NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
 
a2psyklnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Posts: 7,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I generally try to stay away from air shocks. 235lb + air shock = blown shock!

But, I recommend you run enough pressure to not bottom out the shock on jumps. It'll take a bit of experimenting, but you can always spend an afternoon building a ramp, then dialing in your shock pressures!

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:05 AM.