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    Shock PSI question

    I bought a 2006 Rocky Mountain Element 50 last May. I haven't adjusted the fork or the rear shock at all since I bought it. I just got a shock pump today and measured the pressure in both shocks:

    Fox Float RL100: about 69 PSI
    Fox RP3: about 82 PSI

    Both shocks feel alright to me, but this is my first FS bike. I'm not exactly sure if these are the right settings for my weight (170lbs).
    "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

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    PSI has some importance but not as much as the correct sag when it comes to set up.
    I believe fox recommends 25% sag as a starting point. From there you can adjust your rebound and compression to your liking.

    Remember when you set the sag to be fully geared up.

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    Thanks for the link. The RP3's sag is about 20mm, and according to the chart, I should get that down to 9.5mm. I haven't checked the sag of the fork yet. The fork has about 4 inches of travel. So, does the 25% sag apply for the fork as well? If it does, then 1 inch of sag should be fine.
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