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Old 11-05-17, 06:59 PM
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Question on front shock settings

I have a Manitou Marvel Pro 120mm front shock on an XC hardtail. I am about 190 with gear and bike is 25.
If I adjust for 20-30% sag, I get some comical bounce when out of the saddle pedaling. I have a remote lockout and but I think I am using it far too often. I've never maxed out the shock yet (either I am not doing anything spectacular or it is setup right). If I add roughly 15 psi it is less but I can feel the reduction of suspention and I have just about 0 sag there. For my typical ride, I have about 12 miles each way of much smoother surface before I hit the actual MTB trails. I am coming from years of riding a hybrid with a useless lead weight shock and a gravel bike so maybe I am not used to a proper shock. How often do you go into lockout and is a wild bounce up steep hills normal for a properly adjusted shock? I guess they have lockouts for a reason.
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The cure is don't do out of the saddle pedaling other than for short burst or if you are going to do it for a long time use the lock out. I never use lockouts on my forks but I also don't spend much time pedaling out of the saddle.
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I only lock out when climbing a smooth like the street or a smooth fire trail. I only do that when I am going to be out of the saddle. Other than that I do not. I keep my shock fairly soft and check it regularly. I want it to be used to the maximum but not bottom out. It is less pressure than recommended sag charts. when climbing rocky terrain the shock when active keeps my front tire on the ground. I climb mostly in the saddle as a habit. Good luck
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