...kinda Turner related as the Z1 lives on my RFX.... (and it seems to be you guys who live on the shocks page too )
Not had the Z1 long - probably bought it in Dec last year - closeout deal.
Overall I'm reasonably happy with the performance. Big hits are beautifully controlled. Plop down from 5' and I can feel the fork slow and soak up the hit.
Its the little stuff thats the issue. They feel waaay overdamped for my 155lb (ready to ride) - nowhere near as plush as the Pikes they replaced.
Given the spring rate seems about right (stock spring, 10psi in the chamber) I'm going to stick with the same oil heights, just try 5wt oil (instead of the stock 7.5?). Does that sound reasonable? Or would 2.5wt be better?
Oil heights - 'zocchi website says 120R, 135L. That's fork fully compressed, without springs if I recall correctly?
I've already stripped the fork. Despite not being very old the oil was in very poor condition - plenty of thick black sludge in the bottom of the legs. Is this normal?
Whilst the damper cart cycles fine, the ETA cart feels really stiction-ey. Again, is this normal. If not, how do I get in there? There's an allen key socket in the bottom of the foot bolt, but nothing seems to want to undo without an unreasonable amount of torque.
Frankenfork. I'm not being much of a fan of ETA - prefer a short active fork for some of the steep gnadgery climbs we have in the Peak district. I know some of you guys (tscheezy?) are running TAS carts out of AM1s in the LH leg. Reading the manual, it says that you should deflate the air chamber in the RH leg, before adjusting the travel. Is this actually necessary, or does it just ramp the spring rate up some? If it is neccessary, then I'll stick with the fork as is -too much faffing. Am I also right in thinking there's a lot of knob twiddling to be done to get a worthwhile reduction in travel?
Thank y'all for reading...
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