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    Element 2017 pedal strikes

    I have an awesome 2017 Element but I suffer from pedal strikes. I'm in the neutral position and I have 170mm cranks. I also installed a 10mm spacer in the lower headset to help. Should I try steep setting? Also, have a 120 fork.

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    The steepest setting will give you 5mm more BB height.
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    What sag are you running in the fork and shock? Have you confirmed the pressures this season?

    I had a similar situation with my 2011 Element at the start of the season, the shock had lost about 20% of the air over the winter so I was at something like 40% sag.
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    What is your sag % ?


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    What is your sag % ?


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    Great question! I had my bike serviced about 5 months ago and they worked on my pivots. They must have changed air pressure in rear shock and when I got it back to normal I had much less pedal strikes. Lesson learned....check pressure! But sadly, at least according to my Shockwiz, I'm right where I should be and still get 2-3 strikes per ride. It could be because I'm coming off a hardtail and I am used to pedaling through corners more so it could just be "habit". I'm going to try the steep setting and see how that goes.

    Thanks for everyone's comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ1 View Post
    Great question! I had my bike serviced about 5 months ago and they worked on my pivots. They must have changed air pressure in rear shock and when I got it back to normal I had much less pedal strikes. Lesson learned....check pressure! But sadly, at least according to my Shockwiz, I'm right where I should be and still get 2-3 strikes per ride. It could be because I'm coming off a hardtail and I am used to pedaling through corners more so it could just be "habit". I'm going to try the steep setting and see how that goes.

    Thanks for everyone's comments.
    Element feels pretty good at 25-30% sag...so 10-11mm...maybe a hair more if you need it more plush. But coming from a hardtail 25-30% should feel good. Also, check your pressure/sag often.


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    Thanks again for the suggestions. I have my rear shock setup on the firm side now and flipped the chip to the Aggressive setting. Bike feels amazing now on the trails, it felt great before but I think this geometry suits me better. And no more pedal strikes!!
    I need to re-attach my ShockWiz just to see if the geometry changes affected anything there but I feel great on the bike so maybe just leave it alone for now.

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