another newbie question...
this past weekend i was hosing the mud off my bike after riding around the neibourhood in the rain and i noticed that some of the paint on the rear linkage had been chipped off. i took a closer look and i noticed that the portion of my seat post that was sticking out of the seat tube had been flattened out. i thought it was kind of strange because 1: my seat post only stuck out a little bit from the end seat tube. i didnít think that it would interfere with the linkage. and 2: i havenít been dropping anything really ďhugeĒ to think that iíd be bottoming out my rear shock Ė iím only 150lbs, have a 700x1.83 coil on my fox vanilla and iíve only recently worked myself up to dropping 4í to flat, landing them without much problem (unlike that one post i put up a while ago where i crashed and burned).
my norco fluid has about 5Ē of rear travel... i know iím not the smoothest rider in the world, but i donít think iím a complete hack either. iíve tried to follow the advice of many and keep my arms and legs slightly bent while landing and letting them soak up a lot of the impact. so, i was wondering if thereís a maximum drop-to-flat height that i shouldnít go over for the amount of travel i got on my fluid. i mean, is there a height that isnít considered insane, which will blow my shock regardless of how smooth i land?
(oh yeah, i ended up cutting off about 2Ē from my seat post so that i could lower my seat and not have any of the seat post stick out anymore.)