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    demo'd a tallboy

    I demo'd a tallboy last night and overall, I liked the bike very much. It was killer in the rough stuff but it was climbing smooth stuff like crap with a lot of rear end movement. I stopped a couple of times to add air pressure to the shock but didn't want to put too much in and damage the shock. I put in 200 psi and I'm 195lbs. Was that enough? I suspect that there was something wrong with the shock since it felt the same regardless of which pro-pedal position it was in. oh yeah, it was the fox rp23 I think.

    fyi, I currently ride and race a salsa selma so I expect some of the "wallowing" was from my years on a hardtail and not being used to any movement in the rear but after reading reviews and following some 26" blurs during the ride there is no question that my rear end (har har) was more active than theirs.
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    Fox problem with their new shock technology. It feels like the Propedal is useless. Try it with a RockShox Monarch that provides a "real" lock-out with the Full Gate (plus there is a Mid gate = Fox Propedal 2) . Also the RS is firmer and it pedals well even with the Open Gate.

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    I was definitely wishing for a full lock-out on that thing. changing shocks on a demo bike will be a bit tough to do especially since it would require me to buy a shock that I have no other use for...
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    Ride a Specialized with the brain, lockouts and pro-pedal are ghey compared to the new brain.

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    but then I'd be riding a specialized...
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    You could put a lot more pressure than that into that shock, but I didn't find I needed to put more than my body weight's worth to get a decent ride out of the Tallboy. As I recall, it was definitely under that number. It was even pretty decent standing up (out of the saddle).

    If you can't feel an appreciable difference with ProPedal on or off, I suspect the shock may have issues.

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    yeah, that's my guess. I just need to get the shop to put a new shock on to try it again.
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    Sounds like something might have been wrong with that shock. I got my Tallboy one week ago and it climbs WAY better than I expected even on dead smooth trails. The RP23 Propedal lever definitely makes a difference and controls the minor bob very, very well. Even standing and hammering hardly causes a mm of movement out of the back end. I run the shock at 10 psi below my loaded riding weight and get full travel on big hits. On top of being such a great climber it absolutely hauls on singletrack and downhills.
    I took a bit of a gamble when I ordered mine since there are none around in my size to demo but I couldn't be happier. At 24.9 lbs with some light but reliable parts it will reasily eplace my Superfly hardtail and my RMB Altitude 29.
    Last edited by bog; 08-13-2010 at 10:11 PM.
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    awesome. I expected much less bob than I encountered and witnessed in the blur's I was riding with so this is good to hear. that's a lot of coin to drop on a barca lounger.
    things are more like they are today than they ever were before

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    racin rick dam nelsons

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