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    Pike Air for Clyde's

    I just ordered a Santa Cruz Blur Lt and am going to switch out the fork for a Rock Shox Pike. I want to swap in a Pike 454 U-turn air, for the adjustability of the U-turn, and plushness of the air. My consern is that since I am 6'3" and 230 and I ride fairly hard, would I be to much for the air shock, and should i go with the coil and extra stiff spring. Is anyone running this fork?

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    Great fork

    I range between 220-260lbs and the Pike Air (non U-turn model) I had was great for trail riding. I also had the U-turn Coil with the firm springs. I liked the action of the Air better because I liked it's more progressive nature. If you are going to be doing big drops consistently than the coil might be a better alternative. The Pikes, air or coil are so highly regarded that several on the 29er board, myself included would snap one up if RS came out with a 29er version.

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    Cool, thanks for the info. I don't plan on doing any big drops with this, this is gonna be for my all mountain/trail bike. I have a Kona Coiler, that I use for dropin stuff, and now since I am buying the blt, I can make the Coiler even bigger.

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    I'm 6'2", 203lbs. (buck naked - ouch!)

    Ride a Custom Giant Reign with a Pike 454 Air U-Turn.

    Ride all mountain - like to think pretty aggresive.
    Dude, it takes a beating and then comes back asking for more. I will ne-ver look at FOX again.
    RS totally hit a home run with this one.

    I'm in love with this fork.

    Get it.

    (Oh, and you will have soooo much fun wit the settings)
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    230lb here. I have a revelation on my BLT currently. That fork really opened my eyes to the RS air forks. Stiff, light, and holding up well so far (about 4 months now). I will be getting a pike air u-turn when funds allow. I have had a couple of coil pikes and really liked them for stiffness and quality of travel/adjustment. The coil was just too soft for my healthy clyde lifestyle. The air on the other hand can be adjusted to my weight as well as riding style. The negative chamber is great too. IMO the negative air adjust makes this fork much more tuneable than a talas and at nearly half the cost it is a slam dunk

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    DSC - check with Chad at RedBarnBicycles dot com.

    I got mine from him at an AMAZING price.

    Cheers!
    Quote Originally Posted by Khemical
    wizzler is a must. although then it consumes all your waking and sleeping thoughts until you can return.

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    I'm running a Pike 454 air U-turn on my 5-spot. It's a great fork and works especially well for larger riders due to the fact you can run really low air pressures and still maintain proper sag. At 210# without gear, I'm running 120-130psi, about 40psi less then recommended. The RS specs are way off, which in this case is a good thing.

    As stated earlier, the Pike air has a progressive feeling. It's not the greatest at sucking up small bumps at slower speeds. It works best on medium to big hits at higher speeds. If you're looking for absolute plushness, take a look at the Marzocchi AM1. My friend rides one and it is buttah', but he does bottom it out pretty often. I don't think you would be unhappy with either fork.

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