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  1. #1
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    Altitude demo this weekend - best ride 9 position?

    i know this is a subjective thing but seems what I've read - slacker = better. just want to feel the best overall balance and rideability of the bike

    key stats - 170lbs - will be riding in CO - some rocky, steep climbs, technical w tight swithcbacks and rocky descents...

    thanks in advance!

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    Altitude demo this weekend - best ride 9 position?

    I'm in CO and I ride an Altitude 77MSL. I bounce back and forth between setting #6 (most slack) and #5 (next to the most slack). I like them both. #5 gives you a tad more BB clearance, but as I have gotten used to the bike, I don't really have significantly more strikes in setting #6. I think either would suit you well for a demo ride.

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    Slacker is better for DH and freeride, not so much for all mountain where you want to ride up hills and still be able to steer. Once you get below 67 deg head angle the front wheel gets pretty floppy on steep climbs. 67.5-68.5 degrees is likely the best range of compromise for a bike that has to be ridden uphill as often as downhill. Setting 1 or the centered setting is likely the best starting point. Setting 6 and 7 are likely OK for a bike that spends most of it's time going down and uses fire roads to ride up (not so steep)
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    I've moved from the neutral setting to the slackest/most progressive over time. I'm not having any trouble with the slack front end on steep climbs and downhill handling is much improved. You can really blow through the travel on big hits in the neutral setting but the suspension ramps up much better now. I need to use the trail and climb setting more often than before but that's been the only downside.
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