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    Shock reccomendation for 2019 RIP9 rdo

    I am 6'4", 275. The bike I ordered comes with a Fox Float DPS Performance 3 position. Will that shock handle my weight? If you say no, any reccomendation to swap to?

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    At 275 you are in clyde territory so most shocks are going to have a hard time keeping up with you, especially if you are an aggressive rider. Most will say, go with coil, as that will be a bit more forgiving for your weight class. However, I say give the shock a good amount of rides and see what you think of it. Realize that there are spacers and whatnot that MAY need to be installed/removed to make the bike ride the way you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    At 275 you are in clyde territory so most shocks are going to have a hard time keeping up with you, especially if you are an aggressive rider. Most will say, go with coil, as that will be a bit more forgiving for your weight class. However, I say give the shock a good amount of rides and see what you think of it. Realize that there are spacers and whatnot that MAY need to be installed/removed to make the bike ride the way you want.
    I plan on giving the stock shock a chance (my first full suspension bike so I don't know what I don't know). Any suggestions on a coil shock to look at? Looking for something that's reliable and won't be overwhelmed. I've heard good things about manitous shocks.

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    Finding a coil spring strong enough is going to be the deciding factor on what model of coil shock you can use. Go use a spring calculator like https://www.tftuned.com/spring-calculator to get in the ballpark for your spring rate, then see if the shock will take it.

    Ideally, you would order a frame that has a low leverage ratio and that is progressive, those would set up well to take a coil shock. The frame actually does look pretty progressive: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hVrUB1m5f...7_LevRatio.gif so that is one thing that will be helping. It hopefully has a low enough leverage ratio.
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    Not sure if relevant to the modern frames, but my old RIP9 & WFO9 were tuned appallingly for a Clyde. Their damping tune is so soft I'd bottom out rolling a curb.

    Stock tunes will suck for you (I'm ex-clyde now and still need to custom tune)

    The problems went away when I went for a manitou or cane creek shock.

    You need something you can tune, or get tuned.

    There is a Clyde group on here too. Might be worth asking their too

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    I was able to order the bike with the Fox 36 Float factory and float dpx2 factory Evol. According to the fox website I should be able to make the shock work for my weight. The demo I rode had the same shock and I was able to get it fairly dialed for the 14 mile ride I was able to take it on. As someone else suggested I am going to start with the supplied suspension. If I can't get it dialed to my liking I will make the switch to coil. Thank you for the input everyone.

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    Off topic but has anyone tried running 2.5 tires on i45 rims? I have a set of carbon rims with hydra hubs that I'm tempted try out with the stock 2.5 dhf front 2.5 aggressor rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Finding a coil spring strong enough is going to be the deciding factor on what model of coil shock you can use. Go use a spring calculator like https://www.tftuned.com/spring-calculator to get in the ballpark for your spring rate, then see if the shock will take it.

    Ideally, you would order a frame that has a low leverage ratio and that is progressive, those would set up well to take a coil shock. The frame actually does look pretty progressive: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hVrUB1m5f...7_LevRatio.gif so that is one thing that will be helping. It hopefully has a low enough leverage ratio.
    For what it's worth Niners website says the leverage ratio starts at 3 and ends at 2.3 for an average of 2.55. No idea what that means. The demo I rode felt good, but again I don't know what I don't know. I've only ever ridding steel hardtails, usually rigid. Finally broke down and put a 120 yari on my Krampus this year.

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