This thread is just a bit of thoughts. Have no particular purpose, just want some ideas from you and a bit of discussion.
Well, first: when I got a Moto-Lite, I didn't like the stock RP3 due to being spiky in mid-travel range. I weigh about 210 lbs. Thus I traded it for Fox Vanilla R ProPedal and some cash. Pretty plush, and seemed to use all travel with a 750 lbs spring.
Then I was riding an RS Pearl 3.1. Front forks is Pike, so they work well together. Actually, Pearl is not that plush, in this sense I agree with everyone else on this forum. But still, it works pretty good with ML. I was using a 70 psi pressure with 6 clicks of Motion Control from fully open. Recently, switched to 65 psi and 9 clicks, and this gave a plusher ride with still good pedalling. And, what's good: this setting gives a comfortable sag, so I have comfortable angles and sit in the middle of the bike. And the shock has a good portion of travel unused, quite far from bottoming out.
And yesterday, I put a Fox Float R AVA on my ML. What a suprise!! This is a VERY linear air shock. I was amazed. First, I set the volume air at max, and while having a similar sag with Pearl (i think about 1/4 of travel, as it should be), shock was easily using full travel. What a wonder! It feels like Fox Vanilla. I soon set the volume to almost min, to make it a bit more progressive. Still, it's quite linear. I'm impressed. Do you have any similar exprience? AVA is much plusher than Pearl at similar sag.
The whole thing is: sure, I'd prefer AVA, but i'm afraid of bottoming out. I was not jumping yesterday, and the shock was using almost all travel. Pearl gives much more confidence in this way. What a problem, you say, just pump a bit more in AVA, and you're sorted. But then the sag will be much less than I'd like to have. Sure, there's also an option to set a less sag and adjust my position on bike using seatpost and saddle position. Maybe I will investigate this option, too.
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