Stronger Spring or More Compression to Control Fork Dive?
I like to have a fairly controlled front end over plushness. Unfortunately I've been having issues getting it to feel right. Finding that when I up the compression to control diving; I get spiking when hitting sharp edged bumps at speed.
Am I better to increase my spring / air pressure and lower compression? Or do I just need to live with the harshness to have a controlled fork?
180 Fox RC2
LSC -9 from max.
HSC -11 from max.
Rebound +7 from min.
Riding weight 195 pounds.
Last edited by canuck_tacoma; 04-23-2013 at 11:58 AM.
Reason: Adding rebound setting.
Have you changed the bath oil yet?
How is your rebound? Too slow and it could exaggerate dive and harshness...
Yes...the fork is a year old and has had the bath/splash changed recently. I try to run a fast rebound....6-7 from full open.
I had an older Fox Float 36. Coming off a Van 36 I wasn't too happy with the Float. I tried various air pressures combined with different damper settings and came to the conclusion I had to seriously compromise between bump compliance and a diving mess. Sold the Float and went back to a coil fork.
I had a 36 VAN and found that it was too linear and had to run the firmest spring. It dove too much but felt really good on the trail.
Back to the harshness; guess I could try dialing out less HSC. Always ran it closer to firm than soft, maybe going past 12 clicks from max might open it up more. From what I can read it looks like you almost have to change it depending on the trail you're running.
Sounds to me like you need less HSC. The low speed shouldn't affect the square edge hits if you are hitting them with any speed. I usually run as little high speed as possible.
Our of curiosity, what sag % are you getting at that pressure?
Around 1.5" Sag standing on pedals.
My math works to 1.75" for you (25%), so that might be something to try. You'll likely need even more LSC and maybe a touch more HSC if you find yourself blowing through the travel (on the chunky stuff).
That said, your damper might just not be up to the task in its present state. Maybe get it custom tuned for the kind of ride you want?
I think it may be that I'm trying to get it to feel good on all types of terrain and that isn't possible. I will try a little less PSI and run a bit more compression.
Now I'm wondering if my initial hate for the CTD is a little misguided
So I think I got it !?!?
I went out and hammered the crap out of my bike tonight and tried a few things. I left the spring at 70 PSI but dialed the compression way back. Well it was smoother over bumps but had no support and I was diving through on aggressive descents. So I dialed the compression back up and it felt great. Then I just did a click less HSC and it seemed a little better.
Moral of this trial....you can't have it both ways. If you want a supportive feel on the descents then you have to give up some bump compliance.
^ If you own a fox float...
Even the vans do much better.
Vans are too linear and too heavy.
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