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    New Mountain Cycle San Andreas

    Just got it together, finally, 2003 San Andreas. 5" travel from the 2000 Z1 QR20 "Open Bath" front shock and 5" rear from a Fox rear air shock (Older Alps 5R). Just over 32 pounds of XC/Urban bliss. This this thing does it all.
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    It's funny to see how much that bike was ahead of it's time when designed

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    the only major problem that i can see is that it is terrifyingly ugly

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    It looks nice. You would be amazed how much better it rides with a Progressive or Manitou spv rear shock. If I were you I'd list that as the first upgrade. Yes they are expensive, but worth it.

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    Progressive 5th is on the list

    Yes, the progressive 5th is very high on the list if not on top. I just need to decide how heavy of a spring to order. I weigh 205 - 210 and tried a fox vanilla RX with a 650# spring and it was way under sprung. I think I'd need an 800# or 900#, any idea?

    Anyone out there in the 200lb range ride a coil sprung Andreas, what spring weight???

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    Coil spring San Andreas for a clyde

    I have also completed my build of a 2003 San An warranty frame, and already upgraded the fork!!!! LOL! I bought a Fox Vanilla 125R, put it on and decided to sell it on Ebay and go with a Marzocchi, which is on the way. Rear has a 7.5 i2i, 2 inch stroke, 6 inch travel Progressive 5th with a steel 550 lb spring. Before that I rode (on the old San An frame) a 4.5 inch travel Risse Jupiter-5 with a ti spring which was wonderfully adjustable and valved for my weight (225). Before that I ran a Risse Astro-5, which was very progressive and not as plush on the small bumps as the coil. I've decided that SPV coil is for me on this frame. I've tried to attach a pic - we'll see if it works. Have fun - Kelly

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    Progressive Spring

    Kelly - at 225 lbs are you pretty happy with the 550# Spring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAnMan
    I just need to decide how heavy of a spring to order. I weigh 205 - 210 and tried a fox vanilla RX with a 650# spring and it was way under sprung. I think I'd need an 800# or 900#, any idea?

    Anyone out there in the 200lb range ride a coil sprung Andreas, what spring weight???
    New san andreas's with the 7.5"x2" progressive 5th element, 6" rear travel, come a 450 lb spring. Shane, the assembly / inventory guy says you shouldn't need more than a 500 lb. He's a real big guy. You should note that coil spring rates do not directly translate over to different brand shocks. You can run a softer spring on the 5th because of the better compression dampening. That's one of the great things about that shock. I've ran on my 9point5 as light as a 350 lb (with more air, volume full in, and both comp. adj. full in), and as stiff as a 500 lb ( min. air, volume turned full out, and both comp. adj. full out). Very tunable. Other shocks you pretty much set up so they don't bottom, and that's it.
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    which 5th coil on San An for a clyde?

    Tim: I got a new San An recently with the 5th coil (7.5 i2i, 2 inch stroke and 6 inch travel at a 1:3 ratio). Came stock with a 450lb spring. I talked (via email) extensively direct with two people at the Progressive company, and they recommended a 550 (max) spring for me (225 lbs of riding steel). Hope this helps - Kelly

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    If you go with at Coilover 5th Element, they will most likely send you one with a 400 lb spring. Because of their design, the spring rate is much less, and you make up for it with the air pressure adjustment. I've got a 5th on my Heckler, and I weigh 225lb. I have a 400lb spring, and run 140 lb of pressure. I highly recommend getting one.
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