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    Riding terrain conditions: Average not maintained Trails. Not too rocky, not too rooty, no drops but with some steps and generally rough.

    * Rider: 140 pounds, 5' 9", 32.25" inseam, average trailrider, not into drops but with a remarkable lack of finesse (read: no skillz).

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Helius AC, M, Glossy Schwarzolive, black decals.
    * Fork: RS Pike 454 Air U-Turn. Mostly stock, just using 5W30 oil for semibath as only mod.
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: Romic 8"X2.25", 350# spring, middle hole on rockers (7.875" X 2" Manitou Swinger 4Way Coil available, RS Monarch coming)
    * Brakes: Magura Louise Carbon BAT 2007
    * Cranks: Race Face Deus
    * Shifters: SRAM X.7
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.7
    * Pedals: Shimano PD-M647
    * Stem: Gravity Gap 75mm X 6deg
    * Handlebar: Syncros Bulk 7075, 690mm wide
    * Seatpost: Thomson 410mm
    * Saddle: WTB Rocket Stealth
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano HTII
    * Cassette: Shimano HG-80 11-32 (SLX)
    * Chain: Shimano HG-73 (??) with SRAM Powerlink
    * Headset: CK Nothreadset
    * Grips: ODI Ruffian with Blackspire endcaps
    * Front Tire: Maxxis Ardent 2.25" (or an assortment including a Kenda Nevegal, Panaracer Rampage, Maxxis Minion DHF 2.35")
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Alex FD28 - DT Competition
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II
    * Rear Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25", Maxxis Larsen 2.35", Geax Sturdy 2.25"
    * Rear Rim: Alex FD28 - DT Competition
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Bulb Ti Carrier - Shimano Deore skewer.
    * Cables: Shimano SIS Generic
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight: Somewhere 14.275grs (31.5#)

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    One more to welcome into the family…

    Riding terrain conditions: Wales and Scotland trail centre duties, Peak District and annual trip to the Alps

    * 5’ 9”, 68kgs, riding style is mostly trail for now

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Nicolai AC, medium, bronze ano
    * Fork: Fox 32 Float 150 RLC
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: Fox RP32 (7.85" x 2")
    * Brakes: Formula R1
    * Cranks: Raceface Deus
    * Shifters: Shimano XT
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT
    * Pedals: Crank Bros Candy 2 Ti
    * Stem: Controltech Team FX
    * Handlebar: Raceface Deus XC Low Riser
    * Seatpost: Controltech Team Issue 1
    * Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM
    * Bottom Bracket: Chris King
    * Cassette: Shimano XT
    * Chain: KMC X9-L
    * Headset: Acros AH-07
    * Grips: Acros A Grip
    * Front Tire: Continental Mountain King UST 2.4
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Stans Arch, DT Swiss Supercomp
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II 15mm
    * Rear Tire: Continental Mountain King UST 2.4
    * Rear Rim: Stans Arch, DT Swiss Supercomp
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II QR
    * Cables: Shimano
    * Overall Weight: 12.5kg
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    Clipper, a whole lotta yumminess.... Enjoy.......
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    * 165cm, 73kgs,trail, light all mountain

    * Frame, Size, & Color: Nicolai AC, custom, Matt Pearl White , red Extra Love
    * ForkT dwiss Exc150mm 20mmAxle
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: DTswiss XM180 200mm, 57m stroke
    * Brakes: Magura Marta SL
    * Cranks:XTR
    * Shifters: XTR
    * Front Derailleur: XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: XTR
    * Pedals:Wellgo
    * Stem: Thomson 60mm 4x
    * Handlebar: Monkey Lite XC
    * Seatpost:KS I 950
    * Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM
    * Bottom Bracket: Enduro Ceremic
    * Cassette: Sram Redwin 11-34T
    * Chain: XTR
    * Headset: Reset Ano red
    * Grips:Foam Ritchey
    * Front Tire: Maxxis Ardent 2.2
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Stans 355, DT Swiss revelation
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II 20mm
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis Ardent 2.2
    * Rear Rim: Stans 355, DT Swiss revelation
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II 12mm thru axle.
    * Cables:Jag Wire Shifter Housing red, GoodRich Hydro Red.
    * Overall Weight: 12.6kg

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    Few mods has been done to my AC -

    - DT Swiss EXC150 fork changed to EXM150 - much better still ...
    - KS 900i w/o remote changed to longer 900i with remote ...
    - Hammerschmidt AM with 170mm cranks has been in use now two weeks - mii laik
    - there`s now 375 lbs RCS ti-spring in CCDB - cannot be better
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    It's here!!!

    It's been twice round my local trails so far, and I'm totally blown away by it. It just destroys singletrack.

    I just need to get some wider bars on it and then it will be perfection!

    My only disappointment was that it took 4 months to get here!!!

    ian
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    It's finally bloody arrived

    It's been twice round my local trails so far, and I'm totally blown away by it. It just destroys singletrack.

    I just need to get some wider bars on it and then it will be perfection!

    My only disappointment was that it took 4 months to get here!!!

    Not quite 26 pounds as I wanted, but just over 27...

    ian
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    why the layback post ? that will affect climbs a wee bit snd the ability to drop off the back...........

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    btw - 27lbs is excellent

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    Captainian - nice bike. Just noticed you got that from Cyclezone - I take it it was Dave Young that sorted you out? Got my first Nic (a CC) from him back in the day when the shop was iBike. Have got 3 now (mind you am another customer of Dippers these days). Are they doing many of them now? I shall have to pop back in their sometime.

    In the meantime I'll keep an eye for your bike down Swinley way (presume those are you local trails?)

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    I am getting my AC very soon (I hope 2/3 weeks more). Should I get a coil or air shock?? What are the advantages of both??
    Was thinking on 2011 Fox RP23 or Van RC.

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    I'm about to try out an RP23 on my AM having used a Cane Creek coil for the last few months. I'll let you know how I get on and what the difference in performance might feel like.

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    Hi hmpoliveira , I am using an RP3 on my AC & it works really well , so I do not think you would be disapointed with an air shock , having said that if gravity-sports ever reply to my email I may try a ccdb as every one seems to get very excited about them on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hmpoliveira
    I am getting my AC very soon (I hope 2/3 weeks more). Should I get a coil or air shock?? What are the advantages of both??
    Was thinking on 2011 Fox RP23 or Van RC.

    Thanks
    I've tried both and I prefer a coil. I have to clock more time on the Monarch which I liked, but it's not a coil if you get what I mean.

    It comes down to me as personal preference.
    The Monarch I ride is lighter, has tons of adjustments, has nice and controlled manners and it adapts to almost every situation with the flick of a switch. It uses a nice amount of travel as it's the large volume version, so I'd expect rather easy bottoming on drops but I need really rough trails and bed in the Monarch.

    The Romic (coil) is super smooth, it gives the AC the same feel you get with a battle tank... it's simply unstoppable and will drive through things like a caterpillar vehicle. It doesn't pedal as good on the steepest climbs when you have your rearwards bias the most but it still pedals better than expected. It's very composed at landings also. However it's heavier, it is not really adjustable on the fly and you have to try different springs to find your best set up.

    I think I did not say anything new... the AC I think can handle both shocks just as well. The leverage curve is kinda linear with a ramp up at the end. The factory recommends an air shock with a standard (small) canister volume. I think the reasoning behind it it's the rather linear nature of the bike that would (potentially, not on my large canister Monarch) wallow with a large volume air shock or would bottom out easily with an incorrect set-up.

    The standard air canister is the no-brainer-no-mistakes approach. A coil over feels superb, IMHO but you'll have to work your set-up.

    IMHO... match front and rear suspension. If you're putting something like a 32 Series Fox, get an air shock. If you're going with something like a Lyrik, a 55 or something alike, get a coil-over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    I've tried both and I prefer a coil. I have to clock more time on the Monarch which I liked, but it's not a coil if you get what I mean.

    It comes down to me as personal preference.
    The Monarch I ride is lighter, has tons of adjustments, has nice and controlled manners and it adapts to almost every situation with the flick of a switch. It uses a nice amount of travel as it's the large volume version, so I'd expect rather easy bottoming on drops but I need really rough trails and bed in the Monarch.

    The Romic (coil) is super smooth, it gives the AC the same feel you get with a battle tank... it's simply unstoppable and will drive through things like a caterpillar vehicle. It doesn't pedal as good on the steepest climbs when you have your rearwards bias the most but it still pedals better than expected. It's very composed at landings also. However it's heavier, it is not really adjustable on the fly and you have to try different springs to find your best set up.

    I think I did not say anything new... the AC I think can handle both shocks just as well. The leverage curve is kinda linear with a ramp up at the end. The factory recommends an air shock with a standard (small) canister volume. I think the reasoning behind it it's the rather linear nature of the bike that would (potentially, not on my large canister Monarch) wallow with a large volume air shock or would bottom out easily with an incorrect set-up.

    The standard air canister is the no-brainer-no-mistakes approach. A coil over feels superb, IMHO but you'll have to work your set-up.

    IMHO... match front and rear suspension. If you're putting something like a 32 Series Fox, get an air shock. If you're going with something like a Lyrik, a 55 or something alike, get a coil-over.

    Warp, thanks for your kind explanation. Yes, I am getting a 32 Talas 150mm therefore you recommend a Float instead of a Van Why is that??
    This is going to be my first full-sus, that's why my experience is very vague!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmpoliveira
    Warp, thanks for your kind explanation. Yes, I am getting a 32 Talas 150mm therefore you recommend a Float instead of a Van Why is that??
    This is going to be my first full-sus, that's why my experience is very vague!!

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    Well, yeah... I'd pair a light air shock to a light duty fork and a coil over with a more aggro fork.

    Or get a Pike and use any shock you want.

    Nah, the point is that if you get a light duty fork, your riding may be more well suited to a lighter and more adjustable air shock, while if you're riding more aggressively then you'd better off with the better performance of a coil over.

    Off course, it's a rather blurry line and, again, it depends on personal preference.

    In a nutshell...
    Want pure performance? Nothing beats a coil over. Period. Yeah, you have to pedal it, though.
    Want a more versatile ride? Get the air... I don't think you'd be disappointed, but a coil over just works better.

    It's up to you and your riding.
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    floats are as good as van's during 95% of the ride.

    seriously impressed with both myfloat 32 and 36's although the 32's are just more lithe and responsive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmpoliveira
    Warp, thanks for your kind explanation. Yes, I am getting a 32 Talas 150mm therefore you recommend a Float instead of a Van Why is that??
    This is going to be my first full-sus, that's why my experience is very vague!!

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    Without a doubt get an air shock for the back for your first full-suss experience. Those who run coils tend to do so after finding things they don't like with air... you have a lot of experiencing to do before you wil benefit from the likes of a CCDB. I went with a simple Float R on my AM - the only adjustment I have is rebound... which I have hardly touched because it simply works so well as it is. It's very possible to ruin the ride of a bike by playing with all the adjustements on these super adjustable rear shocks

    It makes a lot of sense to keep it simple at the start. My plan was to see what I like and dislike with the simple shock and gather information to figure out what to upgrade too... but so far I am happy with what I have. I would probably also give the Talas a miss and go for Floats... a more responsive fork with less to go wrong... chances are you will not miss the travel adjustment if you don't have it (chances are if you have Talas you will use it a few times to see what it does and then never use it again - it's what I did when I had travel adjust - just my 2p )

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepimpmessiah
    Without a doubt get an air shock for the back for your first full-suss experience. Those who run coils tend to do so after finding things they don't like with air... you have a lot of experiencing to do before you wil benefit from the likes of a CCDB. I went with a simple Float R on my AM - the only adjustment I have is rebound... which I have hardly touched because it simply works so well as it is. It's very possible to ruin the ride of a bike by playing with all the adjustements on these super adjustable rear shocks

    It makes a lot of sense to keep it simple at the start. My plan was to see what I like and dislike with the simple shock and gather information to figure out what to upgrade too... but so far I am happy with what I have. I would probably also give the Talas a miss and go for Floats... a more responsive fork with less to go wrong... chances are you will not miss the travel adjustment if you don't have it (chances are if you have Talas you will use it a few times to see what it does and then never use it again - it's what I did when I had travel adjust - just my 2p )

    Thanks for your tips... that's a good report!!

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    I have used air cans and a ccdb,pushed dhx and i would agree with the Pimp, i would go air can unless you go "gnarcore" all the time,I found the CCDB to be excellent and an amazing shock to ride but you had to push yourself to the limit all the time to enjoy it,Most of the single track you do it wont make a difference unless its very rocky/rooty.
    I had a monarch Air can fitted to the FR for a few weeks whilst i rode trail/Xc instead of the CCDB and 98% of the time it was excellent.It really depends what you want and where you are going to ride.
    Dont get me wrong though the CCDB is a very good shock(other than continuously fiddling with it,Could be my OCD) but i think you would be ok with an air can/air fork.
    Also you wont need to mess around with springs just increase decrease air pressures until you find what you like.

    If you are planning on running a fox 32 i would definetely go for an rp23 or Monarch it will balance the suspension feeling.

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    i have a 200 x 51 parabolic needled CCDB for sale suitable for the AC / AM / etc.

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    ... are all AC-owners insured badly, too busy or changed to bigger frames

    Serious question now - if / when you`d have AC or AM-frame and there are two (or three) options for fork - 2011 VAN 36 RC2 FIT (160mm) and 2010 Rockshox Lyrik Coil DH (170mm) and maybe 2011 Lyrik RC2 DH (again 170mm) , which one would you prefer and why?

    AC-height 545-555 has already tested and will be no problem - geo is even better compared to existing 535mm measured height and rear suspension is CCDB with 57 mm stroke and top hole in use, if someone miss this information...

    So - I`ll need coil fork which is not so linear than VAN R`s or coil Lyriks without DH-version of MiCo, but should I´ll go to Fox or should I`ll go RoksPox is the question...

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    @ perga - if you want to run 36's you should've bought an AM mate..............sorry but the AC is specifically a 32 frame.....

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