Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes: Ventana El Ciclon, Walt Works 29er, Specialized Enduro (fixed up for my son).
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I have the RP23 on a Ventana El Ciclon and it works great.
Propedal is Fox shox version of platform damping. the RP23 has three settings - the Propedal can be "on" or "off". Once it is "on" it has three setting to chose from.
In the "OFF" setting, the shock will move freely with maximum squish - This also can mean lots of bob when you pedal.
Once you flip it to the "ON" position you have three settings or platforms you must overcome for the shock to become fully active.
A single pivot bike like a Santa Cruz super light would benefit GREATLY from some sort of platform shock.
A platform holds the shock from bobbing with your pedal strokes until you hit a bump which breaks the shock free to move like rear suspension should, to absorb the hit and make your ride smooth.
With the RP23 you have three levels of how firm you would like the platform to be or how much force it will take to break the shock free.
The first setting allows just a touch of pedal bob and will break the platform on small bumps and changes in the trail. Almost full active. The second is a bit firmer great for climbing long climbs. This is the position I put my shock into when climbing long hour plus climbs in the mountains - it really allows me to climb with out loosing any power to shock bob.
The third setting is quite firm and I hardly ever use it. It requires a bigger, firmer hit to make the shock active and makes the bike almost feel like a hard tail - some racers like this setting.
I usually keep my bike in the 1ST or 2nd Propedal setting , but when I point my bike down hill I flip it to Propedal "off" and tear it up with a fully active rear suspension to soak up all the big hits and full speed downhill and drops.
Last edited by cbchess; 01-15-09 at 12:41 PM.