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    been on a hardtail all my life but rode a dually last 2 rides...trails out here are very rooty...i noticed i'd get a ton of pedal strikes on the roots now that i never got on the HT. how are you supposed to counter that?

    BB height on HT is 12", on FS it is 13.4"

    do i need to add some air to the shock? or is this something that is just going to happen now while pedalling over roots because of the rear suspension?

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    Run the recommended sag in your shock and keep feel level when going over roots.
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    Is it a FS you own or a loaner?
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    Re: full suspension

    this is a loaner but also building my own. do you have different advice for either?

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    Yeah. Since you don't own it, you can buy one with more BB clearance.

    Though rereading your original post, it's already a taller bike. Nothing wrong with playing with the suspension setup to get it to perform how you want, IMO. I wonder if it's sinking into its stroke going through root beds. You could try opening up the rebound damper a bit more if you feel like the sag and spring rate are already right. (Get those right first.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinfony78 View Post
    been on a hardtail all my life but rode a dually last 2 rides...trails out here are very rooty...i noticed i'd get a ton of pedal strikes on the roots now that i never got on the HT. how are you supposed to counter that?

    BB height on HT is 12", on FS it is 13.4"

    do i need to add some air to the shock? or is this something that is just going to happen now while pedalling over roots because of the rear suspension?
    First of all, what are you doing differently between the two bikes. What kind of FS is this? Most likely, you have not have the suspension(f/r) set up for your weight yet, as well as the technique change, may be you are pedaling through the roots. Answer these questions you'd fixed the problem.

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    I did the same thing when I went from Ht to FS, your're timing is off, your bike is eating the bumps so your're pedaling when on the HT your pedals would be level as you go over the root. The FS might be a tad longer as well throwing off your timing. If the bike was hitting the roots I would say you need air but its your pedals so its a timing issue, just my 2 cents.
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