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Old 09-29-04, 03:29 PM   #1
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OWWW!! Why do my fingers feel like they're dislocating?

I have a 2001 marzocchi Bomber fork with 80mm which was pretty damn good when I bought it ($700). Only thing is, when i'm on even a very smooth trail, and hit some mild bumps, my fingers feel like they are being bounced from there sockets. I don't have death grip, and am pretty relaxed on the bike. Now, I lifted the front wheel and dropped it onto pavement and it bounced about 3 times. I was under the impression that a properly tuned fork/ rear shock should completely absorb the impact and remain planted on the first drop. Should I be in the market for a new shock, a marzochhi shock tuner, or something totally different?

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Old 09-29-04, 04:40 PM   #2
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Sounds like you need to decrease the air pressure in the tires and/or the air pressure in the fork.
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Your fingers may be helped by some softer grips. Everyone I ride with swears by oury grips.

Bicycle suspension is not like car suspension. When you drop your bike on the pavement, it is not loaded with your weight, so you should not expect it to respond like it does while you are on it. I would say that if it did absorb all of the shock of dropping in on the ground your shock would be too soft. Is your Marzocchi an air shock? I am guessing it is. Talk to the mechanics at your LBS, I am sure they can help you dial it in the way you like it.

Alternatively, you could give me the shock and go buy yourself a new one that feels better.

On second thought, from your posts in the last week, you sound pretty unhappy about your current ride, so you just go buy yourself a new bike and give me the whole rig. :-)

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