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Old 03-17-04, 02:47 PM   #1
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Marzocchi MZComp 100mm Shocks, how high of a drop?

How high of a drop could these shocks handle? I weigh 150 lbs.
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Old 03-17-04, 05:22 PM   #2
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is this the fork with the silver or gold stantions?
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Old 03-17-04, 05:48 PM   #3
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is this the fork with the silver or gold stantions?
Silver. The MZComps are silver.
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How high of a drop could these shocks handle? I weigh 150 lbs.
Totaly relevant to the skill of the rider - a great rider with a good transition, 12+ feet. A lame rider maybe 12 to 24 inches.
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i did a roof drop with mine.

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Old 03-18-04, 12:41 AM   #6
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Totaly relevant to the skill of the rider - a great rider with a good transition, 12+ feet. A lame rider maybe 12 to 24 inches.
Lame meaning putting all of their weight on the front of the bike?
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Lame:- As in bad technique, i.e letting the fork do all the work could break it, if its not intended for serious jump abuse. And your fork is more of an all mountain fork, not intended or specific jumping like the DJ forks.
But providing you land well absorbing most of the impact with your body (i.e your legs etc) you should be able to do some preety insane drops.
If your technique is not that good study other riders and see how they position themselve's for landing, then practice yourselve, start on small drops to begin with though!

In some of the mags I've been riding they have been doing how to article's on basic bike skills. Does anyone know of a web site that has instruction on bike skills??

To practice my landing skills I've been doing drop offs from curbs which are only about 8 inches high. I start off riding slowly to the drop as my front wheel approach's the curb I lift the front wheel (this is best done with your worst foot forward so you can get at least one pedal beat in and then you should be left with you best foot forward) your front wheel should then be higher then the back wheel as it drops off the curb, so that the rear wheel lands first. Then as the rear wheel lands absorb the impact with your legs whilst leaning back a bit, keeping your weight back will help to lower the front wheel smoothly.
I've only explained this in a simple way. I am not patronising you, I hope this help,

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Old 03-18-04, 01:48 PM   #8
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Lame:- As in bad technique, i.e letting the fork do all the work could break it, if its not intended for serious jump abuse. And your fork is more of an all mountain fork, not intended or specific jumping like the DJ forks.
But providing you land well absorbing most of the impact with your body (i.e your legs etc) you should be able to do some preety insane drops.
If your technique is not that good study other riders and see how they position themselve's for landing, then practice yourselve, start on small drops to begin with though!

In some of the mags I've been riding they have been doing how to article's on basic bike skills. Does anyone know of a web site that has instruction on bike skills??

To practice my landing skills I've been doing drop offs from curbs which are only about 8 inches high. I start off riding slowly to the drop as my front wheel approach's the curb I lift the front wheel (this is best done with your worst foot forward so you can get at least one pedal beat in and then you should be left with you best foot forward) your front wheel should then be higher then the back wheel as it drops off the curb, so that the rear wheel lands first. Then as the rear wheel lands absorb the impact with your legs whilst leaning back a bit, keeping your weight back will help to lower the front wheel smoothly.
I've only explained this in a simple way. I am not patronising you, I hope this help,

Regards Evo
Lets say my technique is alright, not great but not awful, do you think it could handle 3, 4, or even 5 feet?
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Easily...3 to 5 ft isn't that big a drop...
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Easily...3 to 5 ft isn't that big a drop...
Well, lol, I was basing that on sscyco's estimate of 12 to 24 inches for someone who's a bad rider.
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You could mess the landing up and land nose heavy and it would probably be fine...
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You could mess the landing up and land nose heavy and it would probably be fine...
So what do you think the highest drop the Norco Storm could handle with someone who knows what they're doing riding? Not necessarily a really good rider but someone who knows what they're doing.
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Hahaha...its an ironic question and answer situation. No one can tell you that. How long have you ridden. How much fatique has your fork/frame gone through. This is not a finite answer as the answer changes with too many variables to guess. I know guys that could drop a storm from really high heights. Give it to me, at my weight, and the technique I use to drop, I could possibly break it. But what if I don't...the stress I put on the frame definately took some life away.

In short (with a longish answer)...no one can really answer the question.
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Hahaha...its an ironic question and answer situation. No one can tell you that. How long have you ridden. How much fatique has your fork/frame gone through. This is not a finite answer as the answer changes with too many variables to guess. I know guys that could drop a storm from really high heights. Give it to me, at my weight, and the technique I use to drop, I could possibly break it. But what if I don't...the stress I put on the frame definately took some life away.

In short (with a longish answer)...no one can really answer the question.

The fatigue would be none, as it's a brand new bike. How long have I ridden, well, my whole life, but I've never had this high of a calibre of bike to do it before, so like I said, I wouldn't be a really good rider, but not some moron who has no technique whatsoever, lol.

I'm just asking for a rough rough estimate here, just so I know what it can handle so I don't break the fork on my first outing, lol.
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I would say it could handle 5 easily...maybe even 10... (neither the bike nor the fork were built for that abuse though so keep that in mind..)

You 'could' do drops on road bikes..I doubt it would last though
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mmmm....road bikes...i want to try a 15 foot to flat landing on my dads old 10 speed....NOT
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mmmm....road bikes...i want to try a 15 foot to flat landing on my dads old 10 speed....NOT
Ouch..those poor wheels haha
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