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    Am I A Clydesdale Rider?

    Hi everyone, I'm 5 feet 9 inches and weigh 214 pounds. Riding a 2010 Giant Trance X3 with Fox F120 RL fork and Fox Float R shock (no extra volume sleeve). Rear suspension does seem harsh and I pump about 200+ psi to get the correct sag. Am I a clydesdale ride and am I unsuitable for my current bike?
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    220 lb, and they call me a baby clyde. I do rely more on "clyde proven" components, mostly because I'm on a rigid though.
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    Some say 200# is the cutoff, some 220. Who cares really? It's not like a 199# rider has drastically different needs than a 200#er.

    You still need to tune your suspension to your weight and riding style. In general, heavier riders benefit from less air volume, and most everyone can benefit from a Push or some other custom tuning.

    what do you mean by correct sag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    Some say 200# is the cutoff, some 220. Who cares really? It's not like a 199# rider has drastically different needs than a 200#er.

    You still need to tune your suspension to your weight and riding style. In general, heavier riders benefit from less air volume, and most everyone can benefit from a Push or some other custom tuning.

    what do you mean by correct sag?
    "Heavier riders benefit from less air volume" - I guess that means it's good that my shock has no extra volume sleeve?

    I'm from Asia, so it's pretty troublesome to send my shock to Push.

    By correct sag I mean 25% of shock and fork travel when I am seated on the bike. Friends have commented that they don't see much movement of the suspension when they put their body weight on my saddle, and I take pains to explain that it's due to a high psi for my weight.
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    Qualifications for Clyde Club Include:

    Multiple Bottom Bracket Issues
    Broken Chains
    Folded Over Chainrings
    Exploded Rear Hubs
    Broken Seat Rails
    Seatpost that constantly slips down
    Bent Cranksets
    Suspension Forks that Are Never Quite Right
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Qualifications for Clyde Club Include:

    Multiple Bottom Bracket Issues
    Broken Chains
    Folded Over Chainrings
    Exploded Rear Hubs
    Broken Seat Rails
    Seatpost that constantly slips down
    Bent Cranksets
    Suspension Forks that Are Never Quite Right
    ?????
    Never encountered any of the above except the last one, "suspension forks that are never quite right". Front fork feels okay but rear shock feels stiff even with 25% sag.
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    Not a clyde then, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Qualifications for Clyde Club Include:

    Multiple Bottom Bracket Issues
    Broken Chains
    Folded Over Chainrings
    Exploded Rear Hubs
    Broken Seat Rails
    Seatpost that constantly slips down
    Bent Cranksets
    Suspension Forks that Are Never Quite Right
    ?????
    lol i can lay claim to each and every one of them...some more than once, a few are chronic problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aizen View Post
    "Heavier riders benefit from less air volume" - I guess that means it's good that my shock has no extra volume sleeve?

    I'm from Asia, so it's pretty troublesome to send my shock to Push.

    By correct sag I mean 25% of shock and fork travel when I am seated on the bike. Friends have commented that they don't see much movement of the suspension when they put their body weight on my saddle, and I take pains to explain that it's due to a high psi for my weight.
    I am about 50lbs heavier than you and have had or ridden a few Maestro suspension bikes over the last seven years (since they were released). I prefer closer to 30% sag, and sometimes more than that, especially on an air spring fork. 25% sag is generally not very plush or active IME.

    And, no, you are nowhere near being too heavy for a Trance X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj View Post
    I am about 50lbs heavier than you and have had or ridden a few Maestro suspension bikes over the last seven years (since they were released). I prefer closer to 30% sag, and sometimes more than that, especially on an air spring fork. 25% sag is generally not very plush or active IME.

    And, no, you are nowhere near being too heavy for a Trance X.
    Thanks for the reply, Jeff! Shall tweak the sag for my next few rides and see how it goes.

    Upped your rep as well.
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