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Kindaslow 06-02-15 07:19 AM

Durability of CF rims and short travel suspension
 
I took my Epic WC to some trails with some significant rocks, trees to go over and some drops, but not huge. I even caught some air with it, not a lot. I am about 190. The tires are 1.9 rear and 2.0 front, so pretty skinny.

My question/concern is about the durability of CF rims in these conditions and the durability of the short travel brain suspension.

Thoughts?

ColinL 06-02-15 09:35 AM

How much pressure do you run in your tires on these rocky trails with short (I assume 1-2 foot) drops?

Kindaslow 06-02-15 10:23 AM


Originally Posted by ColinL (Post 17858722)
How much pressure do you run in your tires on these rocky trails with short (I assume 1-2 foot) drops?

Normally 30-32 lbs.

ColinL 06-02-15 11:30 AM

Ok, so you're running reasonable tire pressure, which should keep your rims from bashing into rocks. If your wheels stay true, then they should be fine.

About the travel, you should be able to setup the bike so that you only just bottom out on the biggest stuff. If you feel it bottoming out, that's too harsh and you could break something. But if you do a ride and never notice any harsh bottom-out but yet your travel o-rings are right there at the end of the fork & shock travel, you've done it right.

This may end up being stiffer than you'd prefer for the chunky, slow sections of the trail. But it'll save your bike.

Kindaslow 06-02-15 11:50 AM

Thanks!

i moved the suspensions rings up before riding. The shock has a little room left, but the fork was at 100%, so I am going to try adding a couple of pounds. It was not a harsh ride, so I am willing to give up a little more travel to protect my bike.


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