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    Adjusting Ibis Silk ti shock

    How do you adjust the rear shock on an Ibis silk ti?


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    Pretty simple really, if preloading the elastomer spring...

    Quote Originally Posted by Haystack Calhoun
    How do you adjust the rear shock on an Ibis silk ti?

    ...(via a special wrench I think) doesn't suffice, you order softer or firmer elastomer. Their website talks of upgrade parts for the Silk Ti shock coming soon, so you may want to wait 'till those are available before you buy any parts. John Castellano took over most of the Ibis stuff under the name Castellano Designs.

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    contact Castellano Designs...

    I am building up a Ibis Ripley for my buddy and i'm pretty sure the shock is identical on the frames (the Ripley is Al and the Silk is Ti). I am using a Shimano BB tool to turn the preload. It's the the same tool you'd use on a cartridge BB like a UN72 BB. Cloclwise, more preload if you need it stiffer, counter clockwise if you need it softer. I think there are a total of 4 turns through the entire preload range.

    Good luck and great frame you've got there!!!

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    Good job! The Horses Mouth

    Quote Originally Posted by Haystack Calhoun
    How do you adjust the rear shock on an Ibis silk ti?

    Hi guys, this is John Castellano. Here's some info on the subject. The SilkTi has a longer travel shock than the RIPley & Fango. The stock SilkTi shock had a seven-piece stack, and most came with the "standard" weight rating (150lb for Small, 170lb for Med and 190lb for Large).

    They are adjustable over a +/-20lb range with either a BB tool or a 3/4" / 19mm socket. The optimal setup is to have .4" of shock sag when you sit on it (.3 for RIPley and Fango). Hook a tape measure on the dropout web and measure to the seat binder bolt--then repeat with you on the bike--then subtract. If sag is too high, crank in more preload and vice-versa. If you run out of adjustment, then you want to change the elastomers.

    I have made a run of second-gen SilkTi shocks. The new upgraded internals use a molded two-piece stack (like the RIP/Fang only longer). The shaped elastomers add a bit of plushness and more damping, and last longer. They are available from me in 120, 140, 160, 180, 200, 220, and 240lb ratings. 800-CASTELLANO

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