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    Just received my 26" 160mm Pike. I was testing out the the settings; open, peddle, locked. In the locked position the fork did not lockout completely like X-Fusion or a Fox. It did compress slightly and with the feel of very heavy damping. Those that are running the Pike is this the same for you?

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    Yeah. I'm pretty sure they said that's how it's supposed to work. If you want go check the pinkbike coverage of it. Basically it doesn't lock out it just gets really firm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjkitt View Post
    Just received my 26" 160mm Pike. I was testing out the the settings; open, peddle, locked. In the locked position the fork did not lockout completely like X-Fusion or a Fox. It did compress slightly and with the feel of very heavy damping. Those that are running the Pike is this the same for you?

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    On the bike the compression adjuster has a pretty big effect, it doesn't turn it into a rigid fork, but it gives enough compression damping to make it resist bobbing if you are pedaling up a hill or something. Where it really shines is in rough chunky terrain where you don't want it blowing through travel. A few clicks of the adjuster keep it from diving and it still feels great, not harsh. It's exactly what low speed compression is supposed to be IMO.
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    So, found the fork entirely too linear out of the box on my initial test ride. It felt really unstable, but there was pretty much no compression damping. The fork is a 150mm 29er non-adjust travel fork.

    Initial ride setup was 60 psi to 25% sag. Rebound was 9 clicks in from full open, or roughly 50% LSR damping.

    I opened up the air chamber and noticed the fork already has one of those bottomless tokens in. I stuck in the other two for a total of 3...
    Now the fork is at 40 psi, 27.5% sag, and it ramps up quite nicely! Prob will need to dial out 2 or 3 clicks on the rebound for the reduced PSI and to get the small chatter compliance I'm looking for. Test ride to come, once the rain stops.

    I like to set the compression damping to non-existent for climbs so the front wheel can follow the ground w/o any of my weight on the bar. On the downs, turn to the middle of the RCT3 setting to get some mid-stroke support. This was how I rode the Fox 34 to pretty good effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    On the bike the compression adjuster has a pretty big effect, it doesn't turn it into a rigid fork, but it gives enough compression damping to make it resist bobbing if you are pedaling up a hill or something. Where it really shines is in rough chunky terrain where you don't want it blowing through travel. A few clicks of the adjuster keep it from diving and it still feels great, not harsh. It's exactly what low speed compression is supposed to be IMO.
    Well...is this where everyone gets confused? I have come to understand that fork manufacturers refer to low speed compression as being the first 1/3 of the forks travel. This will be forces that do not force the fork to travel more than 1/3 of the way thru its travel. Exactly...pedal induced bobbing etc...these get reduced by the compression settings and possibly eliminated if LSC is maximised or the fork is locked out.

    when we start talking about rough chunky (high speed?) terrain i want my fork open so that its active as possible and if there is a risk of it blowing through its travel - then i should be playing with the high speed compression...which is the final 1/3 of its travel. If I enter the final 1/3 of my forks travel I want to be able to determine how i am going to use that travel...because that affects my immediate future (health).

    When i am riding high speed rough chunky terrain...i picture myself riding in the middle third of the stroke and pushing into my HSC settings. In my perect world..LSC would be irrelevant once i get going on a DH.

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    Yeah that's not how it's supposed to work. Low speed compression is dampening for low speed events like going off a drop or braking or riding a berm. High speed is stuff like going up a drop (imagine going up a curb at 20mph). If you are riding down hills only using the middle part of your travel your fork is packing down and you have too much rebound dampening.

    Most forks don't have high speed compression adjustment. Downhill forks and forks like the fox 36 do but the pike doesn't, at least not via a knob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushPilot View Post
    Got a 160mm on the way for my SJ EVO 26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    So, found the fork entirely too linear out of the box on my initial test ride. It felt really unstable, but there was pretty much no compression damping. The fork is a 150mm 29er non-adjust travel fork.

    I opened up the air chamber and noticed the fork already has one of those bottomless tokens in. I stuck in the other two for a total of 3...

    Honestly I'm glad they made it pretty linear and then provided the bottomless tokens to allow us to tune it. It just gives us more options. I have about 20 hours on the fork right now and am still playing around with it. I've already shaved around 30 seconds off one of the 5 minute trails I ride with this fork. Crazy as that sounds. I'm thinking about putting another token in when I do the 50 hour service. Good to know it already has one in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post

    I like to set the compression damping to non-existent for climbs so the front wheel can follow the ground w/o any of my weight on the bar. On the downs, turn to the middle of the RCT3 setting to get some mid-stroke support. This was how I rode the Fox 34 to pretty good effect.
    That's what I'm doing too, working great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    Well...is this where everyone gets confused? I have come to understand that fork manufacturers refer to low speed compression as being the first 1/3 of the forks travel. This will be forces that do not force the fork to travel more than 1/3 of the way thru its travel. Exactly...pedal induced bobbing etc...these get reduced by the compression settings and possibly eliminated if LSC is maximised or the fork is locked out.

    when we start talking about rough chunky (high speed?) terrain i want my fork open so that its active as possible and if there is a risk of it blowing through its travel - then i should be playing with the high speed compression...which is the final 1/3 of its travel. If I enter the final 1/3 of my forks travel I want to be able to determine how i am going to use that travel...because that affects my immediate future (health).

    When i am riding high speed rough chunky terrain...i picture myself riding in the middle third of the stroke and pushing into my HSC settings. In my perect world..LSC would be irrelevant once i get going on a DH.

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    No, low speed events are once which compress the shaft at a low-speed. A drop is a relatively low-speed event, because you only drop at 9.8m/s^2, yet hitting 4" bump at 30mph requires the fork to move MUCH faster than that low-speed event. You can't have the same damping circuit doing both events though, because damping increases as a square of velocity, which means the fork would simply hydro-lock and not compress when you hit that 4" bump if all you had was the low-speed compression circuit. High speed damping has to open up, and the faster the fork moves, the more it has to open. So going back to low speed, it might seem that it exists mostly in the beginning stroke, but that's not really true as you experience g-outs, do drops and jumps, and so on. No matter where the fork is in it's travel, it has to be able to do both of these things, such as landing a drop AND absorbing a root during the landing.

    What noticed on my avalanche stuff with fairly high-end low speed and high speed circuits was that you needed a certain amount of low-speed compression dialed into the fork/shock for the high speed circuit to work correctly. If you tried to leave it "open", it worked well enough at low speed, but at higher speeds it wasn't allowing that high-speed circuit to open up enough, so it was kind of sending oil to both circuits and not effectively decreasing the high speed damping. Upping the low speed compression damping helped it resist g-outs, diving, pedal better, and most importantly to me it seemed to help the high speed circuit open up much better when the fork reacted to a high-speed event. Sometimes this stuff seemed "overdamped" compared to an old marzocchi fork, but you take the avalanche stuff through crazy south-mountain or goat-camp super-chunk and it just leveled stuff, the faster you went, the better it got. That's what I notice from the pike.

    Compared to some of the marzocchi stuff I've had over the years, the older HSCV stuff was kind of "tuned" for moderate speed riding with little chassi control, at low speed it wallowed and moved around a bunch, at moderate speeds it wasn't bad, but try to push it to high speeds and it just gets overwhelmed, spiking, etc. Those dampers were crude and any increased compression (closing off holes) made them feel pretty bad. The RC3 I got much later was also terrible, it had a spring on top of a check-valve, kind of a poor-mans shim-stack type damper, in some ways worse than the older HSCV which at least had crude shims on it. Increasing the compression damping here just made it feel worse...at everything. Newer marzocchi RC3 Evo 2c Type R or whatever they are calling it is actually decent and nearly a carbon copy of some of the avalanche stuff.

    It's really not possible to have true adjustable high speed compression, you have to re-arrange the shim-stack. You could theoretically have a system that pre-loads the shim-stack and adjust the preload on it, but that's not the same thing as having different size or more/less shims on there either, not to mention the low speed compression blow-offs and associated springs, piston size, etc. This is usually tuned fairly well from the factory though if it's a decent damper. If it's a proper compression damper, you can increase the low speed compression without ruining the high speed ride, which seems to be what we have here with the pike. It's not like some of the products where putting in compression damping affected both the high and low speed circuits and caused the fork to spike like crazy as you tried to slow it down a bit. That's unfortunately been the "standard" for most mountain bike stuff for a long time, but really it's simply ill-performing dampers from companies too lazy to adapt proven and available technology.

    I'm no suspension expert, but going with what I know about damping so far, you'd want even less high-speed compression damping and more low-speed the faster you go in chunkier terrain. Not doing this will result in spiking due to the high speed impacts being too fast for the high-speed damper (not able to open enough for the faster impacts), and the fork will bottom due to the bigger low-speed impacts (rolling off rocks, possibly combined with high speed impacts, landing jumps, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    Well...is this where everyone gets confused? I have come to understand that fork manufacturers refer to low speed compression as being the first 1/3 of the forks travel. This will be forces that do not force the fork to travel more than 1/3 of the way thru its travel. Exactly...pedal induced bobbing etc...these get reduced by the compression settings and possibly eliminated if LSC is maximised or the fork is locked out.

    when we start talking about rough chunky (high speed?) terrain i want my fork open so that its active as possible and if there is a risk of it blowing through its travel - then i should be playing with the high speed compression...which is the final 1/3 of its travel. If I enter the final 1/3 of my forks travel I want to be able to determine how i am going to use that travel...because that affects my immediate future (health).

    When i am riding high speed rough chunky terrain...i picture myself riding in the middle third of the stroke and pushing into my HSC settings. In my perect world..LSC would be irrelevant once i get going on a DH.

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    I'm getting the feeling you're confusing position sensitivity to shaft speed sensitivity.
    Think about this: 30mph and hitting washboard...I don't care how smooth those rolls are, the damper shaft speeds will be moving fast. You'll only use 1/3 to 1/2 of your full travel (if your HSC and HSR are set correctly). Now, same 30 mph and you take your bike into a 40ft diameter berm...that damper shaft speed will be moving pretty slow as compared to the washboard. BUT, if your LSC and LSR is set correctly, it's likely you'll be in the last 1/2 or 1/3 of your travel as you pull maybe...1.5 or 2 G's in that turn...?

    So, to dissect Jayem's response a bit...
    On a drop...say 4ft...and ONLY w/ respect to compression, that would be a fast moving damper shaft speed => HSC.
    On the in-run of a ramp (or you can also think of G-outs here) and only w/ respect to compression, that shaft will be moving pretty slow in comparison to the impulse from landing a drop => LSC.

    Now, w/ respect to rebound ONLY on the same two events above...
    Chances are, when you roll off the drop, you're rolling off the edge of a flat area, so your fork will only extend from its sag point to full extension. The stored energy from only compressing the spring somewhere between 25 and 35% is relatively low, resulting in low shaft speed...=> LSR.
    But, when you load up a bike off the lip of an air, chances are, you're WAY deep in the spring's stroke. The release energy from that spring will be pretty high, making the shaft movement fast...=> HSR.

    Edit: actually, what you described sounds more like a description of rebound...
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    Those of you who've played around with the bottomless tokens: think they'd work in some of the older Solo Air forks? I've got a Totem Solo Air on my big bike that even with lots of tweaking, I still have a hard time getting it to feel great on small and slow stuff while ALSO feeling great on big and fast stuff. Thinking those, or something like them, would do the trick. Like shimming the air can on HV can rear shocks, yeah? It's my only real complaint with the fork. The bike sees a mix of local trail riding, as well as resort time. The local trails have lots of slow speed trialsy and techy things interspersed with faster bigger hits.

    Let me run lower pressure to get a bit more small bump compliance, yet still be able to handle larger hits, while using the compression circuits to keep it from being divy and wallowy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Those of you who've played around with the bottomless tokens: think they'd work in some of the older Solo Air forks? I've got a Totem Solo Air on my big bike that even with lots of tweaking, I still have a hard time getting it to feel great on small and slow stuff while ALSO feeling great on big and fast stuff. Thinking those, or something like them, would do the trick. Like shimming the air can on HV can rear shocks, yeah? It's my only real complaint with the fork. The bike sees a mix of local trail riding, as well as resort time. The local trails have lots of slow speed trialsy and techy things interspersed with faster bigger hits.

    Let me run lower pressure to get a bit more small bump compliance, yet still be able to handle larger hits, while using the compression circuits to keep it from being divy and wallowy?

    Pike content: Ordered up a 26" non-adjust 150mm model... It's going to replace the lowered Lyrik Solo Air on my TRc. Lyrik will go back ont he TransAM it came from, and the aging Revelation Dual Air gets sold to help pay for things!
    I haven't tried the tokens yet, but I did let a lot of air out of the fork and tried to ride it like that last night. Didn't work great, it was better with more air in it, more sensitive to bumps and such, if that makes sense. I don't think it was absorbing the roots and square impacts quite as well with the pressure let out, I was getting more front end movement too, but I didn't try to adjust the damping settings at all. Usually the problem with air shocks seems to be getting all the travel, I was getting a little too close to bottom on a few jumps last night with more sag. I guess tokens would be good to try, but the fork still felt damn good with the slightly higher pressure I was running (about 70).
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Those of you who've played around with the bottomless tokens: think they'd work in some of the older Solo Air forks? I've got a Totem Solo Air on my big bike that even with lots of tweaking, I still have a hard time getting it to feel great on small and slow stuff while ALSO feeling great on big and fast stuff. Thinking those, or something like them, would do the trick. Like shimming the air can on HV can rear shocks, yeah? It's my only real complaint with the fork. The bike sees a mix of local trail riding, as well as resort time. The local trails have lots of slow speed trialsy and techy things interspersed with faster bigger hits.

    Let me run lower pressure to get a bit more small bump compliance, yet still be able to handle larger hits, while using the compression circuits to keep it from being divy and wallowy?
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    There's a trick used on the Fox Float forks...just shoot suspension fluid into your air chamber to take up volume. Once you figure out how much, you can replace it w/ something solid. As for Totems and tokens, does your Totem have a threaded piece under your air cap where you can thread on those tokens? If not, you might want to figure out a way to secure them onto the top of your air piston...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BorisD View Post
    Hoping fellow Pike owners can confirm a suspected problem.

    Got my new Pikes yesterday 26" 150mm, was very pleased - weigh only 80g more than my RCT3 Revs (1801g vs 1727g both with a 195mm steerer). Amazing.
    Very stiff and not as 'divey' as the Revs they replaced.

    However I think the damper is not working as it should -

    The dial adjuster only has two 'clicks' - one for fully open; the other when selecting platform; but no 'click' when selecting lockout.
    In lockout I can easily get 55mm of travel by pushing down on the fork.
    The Low Speed Compression has very little effect.
    When the rebound is on full 'slow' the fork still returns relatively quickly.

    Can someone confirm their fork does not behave like this?

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    This is how my fork is as well. No click on the lockout setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    There's a trick used on the Fox Float forks...just shoot suspension fluid into your air chamber to take up volume. Once you figure out how much, you can replace it w/ something solid. As for Totems and tokens, does your Totem have a threaded piece under your air cap where you can thread on those tokens? If not, you might want to figure out a way to secure them onto the top of your air piston...
    Not that I recall, but if there is, I doubt it would be the same size as what is under the Pike cap anyhow. Will take a look, and play with some oil in there to see how it feels.

    Figuring a way to stick something on the underside of the cap doesn't seem as if it would be too hard to figure out.
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    Pike Dual Position Users

    Has anybody with a Dual Position Air (DPA) Pike ridden it much in the low travel position?

    This thread says that the DPA low position (on a Revelation) is intended mainly for climbing and the air spring in that position is too linear to use all the time. Can Bottomless Tokens be installed on the DPA model or are they only included with the Solo Air model? Is it possible to set up the DPA Pike to have good performance in the low position without ruining the performance in full travel mode?

    I'm contemplating buying a 29" Pike with DPA and would prefer to use it in 120mm travel mode most of the time, switching to 150mm mode only for the most rugged trail sections.

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    A few notes on my Pike. 140mm 29er, 46 offset.

    -I couldn't get full travel out if it at first, even with pressure lowered 15 psi under recommended. It felt awesome, but I just could only get 110mm of travel. Found that there were two volume reducing tokens in it from the factory (as well as two in the box). Removed them and it felt much better, ended up putting one back in to better balance it to the rear suspension on my Scott Genius.

    -No sag gradients on the stanchions.

    -Smoothest fork I've ever felt.

    -It's lighter than claimed 1863 g no axle, 1937 g with axle. And that's with two air reducers in the air chamber. (16 grams each)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brentos View Post
    A few notes on my Pike. 140mm 29er, 46 offset.

    -I couldn't get full travel out if it at first, even with pressure lowered 15 psi under recommended. It felt awesome, but I just could only get 110mm of travel. Found that there were two volume reducing tokens in it from the factory (as well as two in the box). Removed them and it felt much better, ended up putting one back in to better balance it to the rear suspension on my Scott Genius.
    This is good info thanks. I'm experiencing something similar on my rig, new Knolly Endorphin with 150mm 26" Pike. I've slowly kept lowering the pressure but still haven't bottomed it yet. Right now I'm about at 65 psi, and I'm about 215 RTR. At this pressure it's a bit more divey than I like, even with the LSC almost all the way cranked in open mode. I'll pull it apart this weekend and check to see if I have some of those tokens installed, my guess from reading your post is there might be.
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    Could someone please post A-C numbers for all of the variations on this fork?

    I found the attached thumbnail from another thread but it will not open. Online search only gets a blurry chart that cannot be read.

    Considering this fork for my Knolly Endorphin, but cannot decide if I will go with the 26" 150/160mm or 27.5 150mm version. Currently running a Fox 36 Float set to 150mm for 535mm A-C and external cup HS.

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    Bubba, I can't remember but I looked it up long ago before I ordered mine. IIRC, the 26" 150 (which I bought) has a 532mm AtC, versus a 150mm Revelation at 528mm.

    Not sure about the others since I wasn't interested in them.
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    My 29" 150mm is 558.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    This is how my fork is as well. No click on the lockout setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    I tried everything i know - all ranges of air pressure (high / med / low) , changing damper fluid and playing with my compression settings as described. I ordered the Pike....kinda answers the question as to whether i was succesful.

    re: the Revelation...single big hits were actually fine. It soaked up a surprise 3' nose heavy roll over this weekend when for sure i thought i was going OTB...but when it came to high speed chunder / roots and heavy front braking - it struggled.

    Everyone sounds stoked on the Pike...and I am enjoying reading all the feedack / input. Hopefully I will be able to "plug and play" when it arrives.

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    @MuttonChops: I had the EXACT same problem with my Revelation. It is a great fork for regular trail riding, but give it some chop and it seemed to stiffen up horribly. Replaced it with a Pike on my SB-66 and its a new bike. The Pike really softens up the choppy roots and rocks, and takes a big hit nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rscecil007 View Post
    Bubba, I can't remember but I looked it up long ago before I ordered mine. IIRC, the 26" 150 (which I bought) has a 532mm AtC, versus a 150mm Revelation at 528mm.

    Not sure about the others since I wasn't interested in them.
    Thanks! It looks like the 27.5" 150mm lands at 542mm a-c. Same as the 26" 160mm.
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    Just a PSA/heads up.
    I've been dinking w/ the bottomless tokens... I said before I stuck in 3 of them into the 150mm 29er fork. I can say for certain that the fork won't bottom onto those three (3) tokens.
    Let out all air and pushed until the crown bottomed on the main seal...all good. AND, the progressiveness w/ 3 tokens felt great...w/ just a hair over 50psi pressure, and LSC wide open.
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    It's here, and it's sweet already!

    Dumped rain most of the day, so no trail time. Should be able to get a ride in tomorrow.



    Out of the box, playing around with pressure and damping, smoooooooooth! Ended up popping two tokens in, and dropping pressure a touch - feels good - around the block.

    I usually ride with a shock pump anyhow (all my forks/rear shocks are air) but will take the socket wrench along with so playing with the spacers on trail/mid ride will be possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post

    Ended up popping two tokens in, and dropping pressure a touch - feels good - around the block.
    Looks good!

    You bring up a question with the tokens. Mine feels a bit better with less pressure, but a bit too divey (when full open) and I'd about guarantee I'd bottom it often. A bit more psi corrects those issues, but then it's not as plush. So I was wondering if I ran the lower pressure but with a token or two, if that would help the dive situation? It seems like it might in theory, but I can't say for certain.

    Right now in open I've got the LSC about 3 clicks from full hard IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rscecil007 View Post
    Looks good!

    You bring up a question with the tokens. Mine feels a bit better with less pressure, but a bit too divey (when full open) and I'd about guarantee I'd bottom it often. A bit more psi corrects those issues, but then it's not as plush. So I was wondering if I ran the lower pressure but with a token or two, if that would help the dive situation? It seems like it might in theory, but I can't say for certain.

    Right now in open I've got the LSC about 3 clicks from full hard IIRC.
    That's exactly how you want to use them.

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    So I have a new Pike waiting to go on my new Firebird build. If you guys don't mind, what are your riding weights and when you added tokens was there already one installed like I have seen mentioned? I'm 155lbs. Then add some weight for gear and some amount of hydration. The lighter the rider the less you would need the fork to ramp up by using the tokens in theory right?

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    Yeah thats my understanding, lighter rider needs less progressiveness so less token spacers. Im about 245 ready to ride, and could pretty easily bottom my pike with ~80 psi in it (with an accurate shock pump, the pump that came with my fork is about 30psi low), and that was at 15% sag. My pike did have one token installed from the factory, and I just added another. Going to try it soon at just above 20% sag with 2 spacers and see how it feels.
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    Anyone have trouble with their forks?

    When i originally set my sag at 25% it required about 70psi. Now it is sitting at 30% sag with the same pressure. With 0 psi it rests at about 50% sag and i cant get it to fully extend unless i pump it up to 150psi. even with no weight on the fork (in stand) it sits at 50% sag at 0 psi.

    Is there any negative spring i need to know about???

    Also the rock shox site says to use 0w30 oil in the lower legs. Not to sure about using multi grade engine oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11highlights View Post
    Q: Anyone have trouble with their forks?
    A: Not yet...but mine are low miles, yet

    Q: Is there any negative spring i need to know about???
    A: Doesn't the SoloAir spring have communication between the positive and negative spring chambers? On the Monarch rear shock there is a little pressure equalization dimple on the air can, reached when the shock is at full extension... I'd wager there's something like that for the fork also. I'd try pulling on the bar w/ foot on the axle to see if it releases the negative air...

    Q: Also the rock shox site says to use 0w30 oil in the lower legs. Not to sure about using multi grade engine oil.
    A: I used synthetic 20/50 engine oil in Fox forks for lube oil...works beautifully; no issues at all! And, Fox didn't say a thing when my 34 went back to them 4 times...no seals swelling, nada.
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    How are you guys conducting the sag measurement? IE, how do you weight the bike to get a proper sag reading?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplemind View Post
    How are you guys conducting the sag measurement? IE, how do you weight the bike to get a proper sag reading?
    Put on all your gear. Hydration pack if you wear one, with water, full bottles on the bike of not. Helmet, shoes, the works.

    Put your bike near a wall or in a hallway. Get on the bike in whatever position you will use most, either attack or seated. Lean lightly against the wall, and attempt to balance. If the travel indicator o-ring / zip tie has a gap to the fork or shock, move them in place. (This would mean you bounced the bike when you got on it, but it's not a big deal.)

    Get off carefully and measure or read the sag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplemind View Post
    How are you guys conducting the sag measurement? IE, how do you weight the bike to get a proper sag reading?
    Fully kitted up, seat position instead of attack, w/ Reverb at full ext....basically, climbing position. Done on flat ground as a trade-off between pitched up and lifting (climbing) and pitched down and brake diving (downhilling). LSC on front and rear wide open. Bounce on the bike to get it to settle in, then move the o-rings down.

    For me, I like both ends at ~27% sag, but that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    Get off carefully and measure or read the sag.
    OK, just like you do with the rear. Always seems like the rear takes more "static weight" than the front, especially seated, so I was wondering if there was a different treatment for the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplemind View Post
    OK, just like you do with the rear. Always seems like the rear takes more "static weight" than the front, especially seated, so I was wondering if there was a different treatment for the front.
    Because of this I have never liked to measure sag on my fork. I feel like if I get the sag right in my garage it is way too soft on the trail. I've resorted to trial an error with a shock pump in my pack on the trail. Once I get it feeling good I remember the psi.

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    anyone have a review of the dual position version to share?
    anyone have a weight for the 650b dual position?

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    anyone have any tire clearance issues? Im wondering if a 26x2.4 trail king will fit in the 160mm 26" pike

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    2.4 trail king fits with plenty of clearance

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    Plenty of clearance for even a large volume 2.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by strader View Post
    2.4 trail king fits with plenty of clearance
    Quote Originally Posted by BushPilot View Post
    Plenty of clearance for even a large volume 2.5
    thanks guys. I have the pike with 2.25 ardents now just wasnt sure how much bigger the 2.4 trail kings would be compared to them. Going to be mounting them on flowex wheels. going to order them up now.

    strader have any pictures by any chance?

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    I wonder when this baby will ever reach the Far East. Seems North America and EU get theirs first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyrangerfan222 View Post
    anyone have any tire clearance issues? Im wondering if a 26x2.4 trail king will fit in the 160mm 26" pike
    Not going to be a problem. Tons of clearance around a 2.35 Hans Dampf.


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    Pike 2014

    I've been tinkering with my Monarch to try to get it to match the feel of the Pike and I can't get it even close. Is it just me or is this driving anyone else a little crazy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    I've been tinkering with my Monarch to try to get it to match the feel of the Pike and I can't get it even close. Is it just me or is this driving anyone else a little crazy?
    Pike feels similar to a CCDBair. My bike now rides like a magic carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Pike feels similar to a CCDBair. My bike now rides like a magic carpet.
    I was afraid someone would suggest a piggyback shock. I'm riding a RIP 9. No room (or real need) for a piggyback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    I was afraid someone would suggest a piggyback shock. I'm riding a RIP 9. No room (or real need) for a piggyback.
    Need?? Who cares about need? It's want. I want, I want, I want!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Need?? Who cares about need? It's want. I want, I want, I want!!!
    If there was room, I'd have ordered one 5 minutes ago.

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