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    Equipment Question: Suspension on SantaCruz Superlight

    Hello,

    First post here. I'm fixing up my mother's 2002 Santa Cruz Superlight to sell on ebay because she never uses it. I've been having a good time cleaning it up and testing it before I sell it.

    I'm a MB novice, so this is more of a basic "is this how its supposed to work question."

    It has a Fox brand Float racing shock in the rear suspension. When I ride it, it is pretty much always in its fully compressed state. I thought this might be how it is supposed to work, but I'm noticing my pedals are dangerously close to the ground. The shock still damps a bit (seems like not enough) and its compression/expansion rate responds to adjustments on the little dial, but it just seems like it isn't working right. Shouldn't it remain in a pretty uncompressed state during normal pedaling and coasting and what not?

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    I've been loving this forum, you folks are a wealth of information and personality.

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    The shock is under sprung. thbis means that you are using too much of the suspension as sag than what it was designed for. As you have a Fox Float you should be able to pump more air into the shock to make it a heavier 'spring'. I don't know figures but just add small amounts of air to it until you get the right sag level. All dual suspensionbikes are designed to have a little bit of sag. In general you should have about 25-40% sag (depends on bike and what it is used for) You should try to set yours up with 30% sag.

    The easiest way to do this is put a ziptie around the shock slider, push it towards the shock body and sit on the bike. What you should aim for is the ziptie to be moved up 30% of the shaft when you just sit on the bike and do a little bit of smooth pedalling on smooth road.
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    Chances are if it's been sitting for a while the rear shock has lost pressure.As Hopper said you need a shock pump to put air in the rear shock.
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    It's totally broken and you should sell the bike to me for $20.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard
    It's totally broken and you should sell the bike to me for $20.00.
    no the seat is probaly still good so i will give you 35

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    Santa Cruz falls somewhere between a Target bike and Walmart bike. I'll save you the embarrassment, just send me $20 and I'll come pick up the bike to get it off your hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    Santa Cruz falls somewhere between a Target bike and Walmart bike. I'll save you the embarrassment, just send me $20 and I'll come pick up the bike to get it off your hands.
    Very true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    Santa Cruz falls somewhere between a Target bike and Walmart bike. I'll save you the embarrassment, just send me $20 and I'll come pick up the bike to get it off your hands.
    my offer is still the best

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    If pumping the shock up doesn't work, there may be some grit inside the shock & it might need an overhaul - my son had that problem with a fox float he had a few years back. Even a little bit of grit (which may have gotten in there in really wet/muddy conditions) can mess up the seal holding the air inside, causing the shock to slowly lose pressure.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylor p
    my offer is still the best
    It's his mom's bike. He can keep the seat. I'll give him $35.22 for it.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    You know, even Moms need some extra cash every now & again...... probably to buy Crazz some new bike part.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Thanks for the help and kind offers.

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