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    Questions on Rockshox Dart 2

    Hi
    I recently brought a new bike with Rockshox Dart 2 forks. I've just got a few questions in regards to the features of these forks and understanding them. These questions are probably fairly simple!

    The lockout key on the top of the right fork I mostly understand. The question I have is when storing the bike for a long period of time, is it better to have the key in one position or another? And can this key be turned in the middle of a riding, or does one have to stop the bike to change ot.

    On the top of the left fork, there is a know for preload adjust. What does this actually do? Should I be adjusting this or leaving it how it is? As there a know for this only on 1 fork, how does it adjust for both?

    On the bottom of the right fork I have a knob for adjusting rebound. What exactly does this do? Again, should I be adjusting this or leaving it how it is? I pulled at the actual knob of this, and it appear to just be an allen key with a plastic cap. Should this be left permanently on the bike or should I pull this out and just store it with my tools? (it appears it may fall out on rough riding).

    On the bottom of the left fork it appears to have the same function for adjusting rebound, minus the allen key and the sticker showing which way to turn. Is this a rebound adjust knob or not?

    Thanks for your help

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    i dont know if there is a better position for the lockout during storage, but wouldnt think so. and i dont really know why you'd ever need to turn it on while on the fly.

    preload allows you to adjust the suspension to your weight. you dont want it too soft as it will use up the travel. to hard and, well, the suspension is too hard/stiff.

    rebound is how fast (or slow) it takes the coil in your fork to return to its original shape.

    im guessing the knob on the bottom is for damping, or how fast (or slow) the coil compresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arod
    Hi
    I recently brought a new bike with Rockshox Dart 2 forks. I've just got a few questions in regards to the features of these forks and understanding them. These questions are probably fairly simple!

    1. The lockout key on the top of the right fork I mostly understand. The question I have is when storing the bike for a long period of time, is it better to have the key in one position or another? And can this key be turned in the middle of a riding, or does one have to stop the bike to change ot.

    2. On the top of the left fork, there is a know for preload adjust. What does this actually do? Should I be adjusting this or leaving it how it is? As there a know for this only on 1 fork, how does it adjust for both?

    3. On the bottom of the right fork I have a knob for adjusting rebound. What exactly does this do? Again, should I be adjusting this or leaving it how it is? I pulled at the actual knob of this, and it appear to just be an allen key with a plastic cap. Should this be left permanently on the bike or should I pull this out and just store it with my tools? (it appears it may fall out on rough riding).

    4. On the bottom of the left fork it appears to have the same function for adjusting rebound, minus the allen key and the sticker showing which way to turn. Is this a rebound adjust knob or not?

    Thanks for your help
    1. You can store it in any position. You can lock out at any time...riding or sitting. (muteseh: there is a definate need to use this function while riding...long smooth uphill meets rocky/rooty trail...lockout while climbing and lockout off during the rough)

    2. Preload adjustment is for setting sag or "ride height". The fork should settle around 15-25% into its travel with you sitting on the bike. This give the fork some negative travel so your front wheel tracks the ground proficiently. If you hit a bump, the fork will compress. If you hit a hole, the fork will extend and follow the trail so you can maintain traction and control.

    3. Rebound damping controls how quickly the fork returns to its extended position. Set it by riding off a curb and watch/feel how many times the front of the bike bounces (cycles). It should only cycle one time. If it bounces up and down, increase rebound. If it feels like it's taking waaay too long to return to full extension, decrease rebound damping. ***leave the black knob attached***

    4. There is no adjustment on the bottom of the left leg. It's just a bold with an allen head, right? That's what holds the lowers and uppers together. Don't mess with it. There's no knob there.


    5. Read your owners manual...there may be something I missed.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed
    3. Rebound damping controls how quickly the fork returns to its extended position. Set it by riding off a curb and watch/feel how many times the front of the bike bounces (cycles). It should only cycle one time. If it bounces up and down, increase rebound. If it feels like it's taking waaay too long to return to full extension, decrease rebound damping. ***leave the black knob attached***

    Thanks heaps for your explanation, a big help.

    Just in regards to the black knob, I take it nobody has ever had it fall out while riding? When I pulled it out (is this a bad thing???), it didn't seem to be in there overly tightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arod
    Thanks heaps for your explanation, a big help.

    Just in regards to the black knob, I take it nobody has ever had it fall out while riding? When I pulled it out (is this a bad thing???), it didn't seem to be in there overly tightly.

    I have a dart 3 and it got knocked out in my closet (where i store the bike)...once I set my rebound I just took it off and have it stored in my camelbak if i need to adjust it further...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aballas
    I have a dart 3 and it got knocked out in my closet (where i store the bike)...once I set my rebound I just took it off and have it stored in my camelbak if i need to adjust it further...
    Good tip.

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