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Old 03-06-09, 12:50 PM
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Well, a couple evenings of dinking with the Domain have made me a little disapointed.

Why:

1. That extra 1/4lbs of dead weight over the 55 made no difference in the feel of my bike.
2. The U-Turn allows me to fine-tune the HA and travel for different trails and urban settings.
3. The rebound damping slows the "extension" of the fork down as stated by the SRAM ad's.
4. The compression adjustment is palpable from just one single click either way.
5. The silly Maxle stays put and makes the fork legs laterally rigid.

I'm still waiting on the Firm spring, but I was jacking around in my street last night with the damper. I'm quite impressed by it. I had it set at 115mm and bottomed it out running into the curb. Same preload, 1 more click of compression...got me about 10mm from bottoming out. Add 1 more click of compression and the distance from Zip-tie to crown noticeably increases.

Basically what I'm getting at is that this fork (so far) has performed the way it has been advertised to perform. No shortcuts.

The disapointment: Why in the crap didn't I just get one of these a couple years ago?






On a side note:
I haven't had compression damping in a couple of years. (since I sold my Tora with Motion Ctrl) I can't say enough about it. I like running my fork pretty plush with 30% sag on some trails yet stiff with 20% on others. I can't run it with very much sag and not bottom out in some situations unless I have effective compr. damping. I don't know how I've gone w/o it for so long.

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Old 03-06-09, 01:14 PM
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Heeeee! Told ya. Once you get the right spring in there, it'll be even better.

I was very dissapointed with my brief dalliance on a Marzocchi after being on Motion Control/Mission Control and Maxle equipped Rock Shox forks for a few years prior. My two short experiences with Manitiou where even worse.

Yes, they've had a few bad things, but overall I feel the quality and performance is for sure above Manitou and Marzocchi at the moment. Ease of working on them, parts and instructions/tuning/maintanence info being readily available makes a difference as well.
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Old 03-06-09, 02:53 PM
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What is the u-turn to height adjustment ratio? 10 clicks = 5mm?
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1 full turn=7.5mm
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*Looks around to make sure the room is empty*

I was honestly half expecting you to say that something had broken. I was honestly worried.
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I was trying to initially impress that upon the masses, then shock them with a little bit of "hey, somebody made something that I can't break."
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