Just got in from the So Cal biz trip. Lots to see, including 2005 forks and shocks from everyone on paper at least. I did get to ride 2005 Manitou and Fox rear shocks. What I saw on papaer and what I rode did not happen or come from the companies direct, but from another independent source, so dont go calling them getting me in trouble or I'll pour lead in your down tubes and nipples in your top tubes!!!!! Cant give you any details on the stuff i rode or saw for the obvious reasons, and since it is so early I would expect changes to be made before the productions are finalized on a few items. If you are already planning on a fork or shock purchase for next year, you will have lots of good stuff to choose from from everyone, not just maybe 1 company.
Many posts asking about air shocks on the 5 Spot in past. Previously, I have not had that much good to say about air shocks on the 5er and still have reservations, but for 2004 offerings, I do think the Manitou Swinger 3 way air beats everything else in air shocks. I have had 2 short rides on this shock, more over the weekend and time to come before I say much more I need more trail time on it.
I went to Turner, they are heavily stocked on frames just in, lots of frames, so anyone that does not have one in your hands right now from a previous or back order, should have it by now or very shortly. Anyone wanting one, now is a good time to get one. We went and rode, and we cooked, 4 hour ride in 95 degrees in Palm Springs, fried me delerious for sure coming from cold wintery Tahoe.
Marzocchi.....rocked as usual. Manitou and Romic, awesome group of people at both places. Finally, PUSH Industries.....About as good as pro tuning gets. I am glad someone finally is doing what Derrin is bringing to the table. If you saw what I saw, you would agree how pro PUSH is. Especially the non guess work but rather exact knowledge and experience of what, when, and why is going on inside the shocks, not just on some hand dyno in the rear of a shop telling you your shock is going up and down. Proves small places can and do beat the hell out of the big guys. Obviously I am not telling details, just trust me on this folks. Derrin will say it if it needs to be said or described to those with inquiring minds who feel they must know. After seeing the insides of stock rear Fox shox vs. Push Industries upgrades, those of you with Fox rear shocks of any sort need to give Derrin your business and have them be done right, even if they are brand new Fox shocks.
Thats it for now.
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