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· I have Pana Fire XCs in 1.8 on both wheels. Besides my complete lack of skill/balls, could these skinny tires be making it harder to climb on loose rocks? I'm slipping all over the place. The trails in my neighborhood (Wissahickon) can be really rocky and steep—a mix of large embedded rocks and loose rocks the size of baseballs. Should I get a wider tire?
I'd try a 2.1" tubeless conversion of a Kenda Nevegal or Kenda Excavator.
Tubeless works on standard rims?
· Is it just me or do Juicy 5s have no modulation at all?
Yes...it's just you. Try some EBC Green pads. Best brakes I've ever had.
Then perhaps I'm just too used to the amount of modulation available on road bikes.
· The Fox F100-R hasn't really seen many miles, but it's on a 2006 bike.
Should I get it serviced?
Every 100hrs of riding. (is it sticky?) Change oil.
Does it lose air?
Air suspension in my experience has a tenancy to lose a teeny amt of air over long periods of time. Same with tires though.
Should I get a pump?
Would you own a car without a spare tire or jack?
I pressed the valve and light green oil came out with the air; what's up with that?
Well at least now you know if you need a pump.
· The dirt ring on the gold portion of the fork only goes halfway up. Does that mean I'm not utilizing the entire travel of the fork? Should I be?
Is the ride uncomfortable? If not...why worry if you're using full travel? It's like asking if you should use your next gear lower to clear that steep hill. Did you make it up the hill alright w/o using it? No need to change things then. If it bottoms out harshly on bigger hits...give it a little more air. If it feels harsh and never bottoms out (and you want a smoother ride)...let some air out.
Not being a boobie here...just use some common sense for some of these questions. If you have a tire that takes air...you probably have a tire pump. So yes...buy a fork pump.
These last couple of statements assume that I know the slightest bit about suspension forks.
I've ridden them a total of 12 or even less hours. I discovered the valve for the first time today. It's been over two years since this fork came out of the factory, so with the little riding I've done I can't tell if it's functioning properly or not. It seems to be okay but what do I know?
Guess I'll have to purchase a pump just to see what pressure it's at. And to toy with the ride a bit. Really, after finding the valve I thought it would need to be filled once a year at the most; didn't realize it was a tuning thing. And FYI I do pump my road tires every day.
Suggestions for a good pump? The Pricepoint house pump is $20.
And the oil that came out of the pump valve? What it is for eh?
Last edited by steaktaco; 07-03-08 at 10:39 AM.