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    Reba rl solo air 29er stiff

    How do I know if my reba needs to go back for warranty work? I purchased the bike last month as a new leftover for 2013 and have never been satisfied with the fork. With 110psi it is very stiff and takes a lot of pressure to push down.

    It could be in my head but sometimes it feels great and other times it feels like the lockout is on (when it isn't).

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    Reba rl solo air 29er stiff

    You may need to run air pressure quite a bit lighter than the chart on the lower states to get the feel you want. Try dropping the PSI by 5 and see if you notice a difference. Also, try inverting the bike the night before you ride and during the ride look for any evidence of wetting around the lower seals. If the stanchions look dry after your ride the fork may need to have an oil service which are pretty simple to do at home or at your local shop. It likely won't be covered by warranty tho.

    I have the same fork and mine is pretty plush feeling but I don't remember what pressure I'm running it at.
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    Reba rl solo air 29er stiff

    5psi lower than what I'm running now ended up bottoming out. 110psi seems to be as low as I can possibly go.

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    If you mean it's really stiff at 110psi, but bottoms badly at 105psi, I have to wonder if you shock pump gauge is very inconsistent.

    If you let out all the air, does the fork cycle smoothly?

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    Reba rl solo air 29er stiff

    After a few more rides I think its fine. It seems very stiff at the top of the travel but while riding it seems fine.

    I have a feeling my 120mm fox fork was set very low but I wasn't bottoming out because of the extra travel.

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    Can you compress the fork smoothly while stationary?

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    Reba rl solo air 29er stiff

    Takes a lot of force to get it moving.

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    I have same problem with a 2013 solo air Reba. It seems find on big hits but is extremely harsh with trail chatter, and bounces off stuff while climbing for same reason. No small bump compliance. I've tried reducing +air pressure but then it bottoms out on big hits. Have tried more compression damping but same harsh ride even with very low pressure. Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdouble View Post
    I have same problem with a 2013 solo air Reba. It seems find on big hits but is extremely harsh with trail chatter, and bounces off stuff while climbing for same reason. No small bump compliance. I've tried reducing +air pressure but then it bottoms out on big hits. Have tried more compression damping but same harsh ride even with very low pressure. Any ideas?
    kind of an old thread.

    Anyway, first question, is this harshness recent, or has it felt that way since you got it?
    I just replaced the Revelation RL DPA on my bike for the same reason, small bump harshness, but when I first got the bike it was worse, and I think the lowers may have been pressurized. But, the common clue to that is when you have to use much lower pressure than recommended to get recommended sag.

    You might try adding spacers to reduce the volume so you can run lower pressure to improve small bumps without bottoming, but I don't know how effective it is in shorter travel forks.

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    No ride has been harsh since day one. Honestly it's hard to get much of any sag even at ridiculously low pressures and of course that's unrideable since the fork dives and bottoms out with too low pressure.

    What do you mean by the lowers being pressurized? Do you mean there is air trapped in there, essentially acting as another air spring? I guess I could check that by dropping the lowers, or maybe even just loosening that bolt at the bottom to let out any trapped air.

    Something sure isn't right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdouble View Post
    No ride has been harsh since day one. Honestly it's hard to get much of any sag even at ridiculously low pressures and of course that's unrideable since the fork dives and bottoms out with too low pressure.

    What do you mean by the lowers being pressurized? Do you mean there is air trapped in there, essentially acting as another air spring? I guess I could check that by dropping the lowers, or maybe even just loosening that bolt at the bottom to let out any trapped air.

    Something sure isn't right.
    You're sure it's Solo air? (if it's Dual Air your description would match having 0psi in -ve)
    I discovered my lowers were pressurized when I dropped them, but it can take a bit of banging with a mallet to release the shaft(s) after you loosen the bolts.
    Look at this discussion: Air in Pike lowers: a PSA
    you might try using a ziptie through the seals, a lot less work than dropping the lowers. If you hear a hiss, then get way too much sag and have to pump up your pressure, you're on to something.

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