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    Trek Fuel EX 8 Fork and Shock Setup ?

    My old man just bought a 2013 Trek Fuel EX8 it has the Fox Evolution Series 32 Float DRCV fork and the Fox DRCV rear shock.

    Just curious to hear peoples thoughts and the setup on these forks and shocks.

    My father weighs 147lb/67kgs and after using the chart to set the bike up he is saying that it still feels a bit stiff, I have myself heard that the forks are a bit iffy, but thats just internet chat. Its to small for myself and I weigh far more than him so I cant really help.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated so I can pass the info on.

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    Try increasing sag a bit. Chart is A way, not THE way. Have him play with the air pressures a bit until he finds his sweet spot.

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    Agreed. My riding weight is right at 185. The Trek setup chart (2010 EX8) suggests 85 psi for the front and 195 for the rear. Today I ran the front at 105 and the rear at 205. Everything felt really good. However, I only used about 50% of the front shock travel, so I might lighten it up 10 psi on my next ride.

    What pressure is he running in his tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by desertred View Post
    What pressure is he running in his tires?
    No idea prob 40psi as hes always run as he rides on the road a lot to work, what would you recommend for when he gets off road ?

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    i have a '12 EX 8 and just got conti trail kings (2.4 front, 2.2 rear)
    fork is at 110 psi and rear is at 220
    i weigh 185lbs-ish w/out hydro pack, so figure 190? geared.

    bike feels GREAT with about 18psi front tire and rear around 25psi
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    Quote Originally Posted by heavyp View Post
    No idea prob 40psi as hes always run as he rides on the road a lot to work, what would you recommend for when he gets off road ?
    Is he running tubes or tubeless? I'm running tubeless with 24/25 psi front/rear. Higher pressures will typically feel a bit stiffer than lower pressure when rolling over obstacles. Tubes will require a bit more pressure to avoid pinch flats (but not 40 psi off road).

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