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  1. Full Travel premieres on the GT Bicycles Facebook Page for 24 hours from 2am on 24 April 2020 (SA time). We hear it should be available online thereafter, but if you've got some time to kill while it premieres it's worth a watch. Update: The premiere has unfortunately ended, but GT have teased that they may be releasing segments of it each Thursday on their Facebook page. Trailer https://www.facebook.com/GTBicycles/posts/10158879283567494
  2. Take a trip back to the early days of full-suspension mountain bikes with "Full Travel", a documentary from GT Bicycles which tells the story of their suspension development. Click here to view the article
  3. Hi, I am looking for a dual suspension bike, a lot of what is on the site are older than 5 years. How sure am I that the shocks (suspension) is decent and don't need to be replaced once i buy. Is there a way to know or test the shocks? How long would a shock actually last before needing to be replaced?
  4. Was looking at various things last night and came across dual rate springs in motorcycling and wondered why these aren't available in MTB more. I can see that maybe a lot of the progression in the rear can be built into the frame with the leverage ratio / characteristics of the linkage design. I wondered what the reasons were that these aren't an option for those who what the small bump, no stiction benefits of the coil but have a bit of linear frame. With Cane Creek and others pumping coil forks and the coil upgrades that are being released Is this something we might see more towards the fork part than on rear shocks. @Droo??
  5. Im graduating from roadie to mtb after 30 years, but have never kept up with the techno side, so ive been looking, what is the ,if any, major diffirance in handling / feel between a mtb fitted with a vertical mount shock, or a horizontal one. .? Just an interesting point, in the 80's motorbikes went from 2 vertical mounts to one horizontal, it really smoothed the ride, no pogo bouncing.
  6. I’m working on a Rock Shox Recon (120 mm RL Silver 29" non-boost). The lockout wasn’t having any effect, so I’ve opened up the damper to investigate. It looks to me like the base plate orientation is wrong, so that in the open position it is covering the fluid ports, and in the closed / locked position one of the fluid ports is partly exposed. Here is the base plate with the top adjuster in the open position: Here is the top adjuster in the open position (ie fully anti-clockwise) that positions the base plate as shown above: Here is the base plate with the top adjuster in the closed / locked position: Here is the top adjuster in the closed / locked position (ie fully clockwise) that positions the base plate as shown above: If I try rotating the base plate 180° and then locating it on the adjuster shaft, it sits at a slight angle, partly raising it from the yellow plate: So that won’t work, as the fluid will be able to flow freely in any position. As far as I can tell, the only way to solve this and get the base plate oriented correctly relative to the top adjuster would be to rotate it where it’s fitted into the black shaft locator in the bottom assembly: But I’m not sure how it’s fixed in there – is it threaded, glued, or pressed? Is there any way to safely remove or rotate it without breaking something? Or any other thoughts or suggestions?
  7. Hi Guys, I am looking at buying a Schwinn Rocket ltd Dual Air suspension. Anyone got some experience with these? Regards, Stehan
  8. Unfortunately I get to see the worst of the worst! What is the worst you have ever seen. Thought I would share a couple of photos to illustrate the effect of not servicing your equipment on a regular basis! All that dirt, grit, grime and fine dust creates a very fantastic sanding paper effect!
  9. I have a 29" X-large new Scott 940 with dual lock out. When I am riding on tar or on my rollers and I engage full lock out, the bike starts to bounce, with every pedal stroke. I have tried to adjust the rebound either way but am not having much success. Anyone have an idea what causes this?
  10. Hi guys This is a bit of a silly but I am tempted to just go ahead with the experiment anyway. Has anyone here ever fitter for example a 26inch wheel to a 29er fork? Curious to know what the outcome is and if it makes such a huge difference. Regards
  11. Steve Bowman, Fox South Africa brand manager, takes us through a basic fork service. In this video, Steve shows us the process of removing the lower legs, cleaning and checking the fork, and how to reassemble the fork. Click here to view the article
  12. Please note that if your fork is still under warranty, all servicing should be done by Fox or your local bike shop. Performing this service yourself may impact on your warranty. As always, any problems that occur due to your own mechanical work will not be covered by the manufacturer or distributor. Other videos in the series:
  13. Any one got any good ideas on how to make a remote lockout lever for my dt swiss rearshock. A new remote seems to be around r800 which is pure madness if you ask me
  14. Two tips to keep your suspension fork running smoothly:It's recommended to turn your fork upside down for 10 minutes once a week. This will help keep your wiper seals and sponge ring lubricated and the fork running smoothly. Avoid pressure washers. Pressure washers force water and grime into the fork causing premature wearing. Instead use a bike wash product and a light hose to remove the dirt.
  15. A mountain bike suspension fork requires regular care. Steve Bowman has two simple tips to keep your fork sliding smoothly. Click here to view the article
  16. A mountain bike suspension fork needs regular cleaning and servicing to continue operating optimally without causing damage. If done correctly, your fork should last the life time of the bike. Here's a guide on when you should be servicing your fork and what signs of wear to look out for. Click here to view the article
  17. In South Africa, we ride for all 12 months of the year, where in Europe and America they tend to have a six month season. Our conditions are also very rough, dusty, and sometimes muddy. This means that regular service intervals are vital to avoid damaging your fork. If you ride your bike three times a week, Fox South Africa suggests that you have it serviced every four months (three times a year). The recommended service intervals for a new fork: A new fork will require it's first service after four months, this will be an on the quick bike service to clean the lowers. The second service after 8 months will see the wiper seals replaced. After the forks first year, the fork will be stripped down, with new oil and lube applied.
  18. I'd like to share with you all the simple installation of the : MRP Ramp Control Cartridge https://www.bikehub.co.za/features/_/gear/previews/first-look-friday-scott-spark-volvo-bike-rack-mrp-ramp-control-cartridge-r5683 Designed for: Current-gen Rock Shox Pike, Lyrik, Yari, and Boxxer World Cup forks (Solo-Air models only) Adds speed-sensitive ending-stroke control and bottom-out force adjustability to compatible Rock Shox forks.Just 55 g! Lighter than most air-spring assemblies with more than two tokens.Isolate and tune bottom-out with minimal changes to initial and mid-stroke.Bring your tuning to the trail and out of the workshop!Easy installation requires little time and few tools - no lower-leg removal required! Compatibility:Ramp Control Cartridge Model A ...will fit 2013 and newer Pike forks with 15x100 axle spacing and 2010 and newer Boxxer World Cup (air-sprung) forks. Ramp Control Cartridge Model B ...will fit 2015 and newer Pike forks with "Boost" 15x110 axle spacing, and all 2015 and newer Lyrik and Yari forks (regardless of axle spacing). CUSTOM TUNE ON THE TRAIL Inarguably, convenience is one of the biggest benefits of the Ramp Control cartridge versus internally-accessed volume adjustment components. Internally-accessed spacers aren’t friendly to on-trail experimentation and tuning - requiring bulky tools and a clean environment to utilize. With Ramp Control, experimentation is so simple it’s encouraged! The powerful range of Ramp Control is harnessed through a simple 16-position knob with clearly defined detents. That enables you to arrive at your base setting in just one ride on a familiar trail, whereas internally-accessed spacers would necessitate a trial and error approach - several rides followed by garage or shop sessions - to get to the same point. A BETTER WAY TO TUNE The volume adjustment spacers used by competing brands change the shape of the air-spring’s curve throughout the entire travel range, regardless of velocity. Aside from the slight change resulting from the volume of the cartridge itself, the Ramp Control upgrade effects only the ending stoke spring curve - as its damping effect is velocity-dependent. This portion of the curve represents intense, sharp hits and big events, like landing a sizable drop or plowing through a rock garden. Without Ramp Control, your fork’s behavior in these circumstances has been compromised by your desired feel elsewhere in the stroke. With Ramp Control, you can tune the general feel of your fork through its air-pressure and damper settings, and isolate big-hit performance and bottom-out with the Ramp Control adjustment. NO MORE COMPROMISES, TUNE TO THE TRAIL AT HAND Unless you ride just one trail, the air-spring volume you’ve so carefully tuned with internally-accessed volume spacers is probably not ideal for all your adventures. A trip to the bike park might reveal, for example, that more support would be welcomed when the features and drops get bigger and trails get steeper than those found on your local go-to. If you have extra spacers and the necessary tools on hand, and don’t mind burning time that could otherwise be spent riding the lift-accessed terrain you just paid for, you could get the needed support. Or, in just seconds, you could add more Ramp Control and keep the good times going. Whether it’s a new-school flow trail or near vertical DH course, Ramp Control gives you immediate control of the terrain at hand - of particular benefit to time-crunched enduro fans tasked with practicing and racing multiple, varying stages. "With Ramp Control, initial and mid-stroke feel is largely unaffected by your level of adjustment - unlike tuning with volume spacers. It enables you to isolate and greatly control required bottom-out force, and experiment with damper and air-pressure settings to achieve your desired performance in the rest of the stroke." Feel free to contact me for info Happy Trails
  19. http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/254967/6039102/1267972574970/ritchey_mountain_bike-number-1_02.jpg This frame design is old.
  20. 32 SC Chassis & Damper Design The chasis of the Step-Cast (SC) is noticeably different to the regular Fox 32 and most other forks available. To save weight, the width of the upper tubes on the 32 SC measure 120mm which is 10mm narrower than that of the standard, non-Boost Fox 32 fork. In order to have sufficient clearance for the spokes and disc brake rotor, Fox created a stepped design by flattening the inside edge of the hollowed out lower legs (where there are no moving parts), narrowing each leg’s profile by about 10 millimetres. Further weight saving has been achieved by eliminating excess width and material in the crown and bridge. Fox makes use of a new lighter and cleaner looking Kobalt Axle which alone saves about 40 g over the standard thru-axle. The FIT4 Damper has been upgraded to Fox's FIT RC2 10mm shaft architecture which provides more oil flow through the base valve. Dual circuit rebound allows better controlled return from hard hits and quicker recovery from successive impacts. The fork also features a 32 SC-specific cartridge design and damping tune.There is the familiar 3-position on-the-fly adjustment that lets you select Open, Medium, Firm modes. Fine tuning is possible in Open mode with a low-speed compression adjuster that offers 22 clicks. Forks with the optional remote will thankfully retain the ability to tune low speed compression in Open mode. Taking inspiration from their Moto designs, the new GRIP damper uses FIT sealed cartridge technology combined with a coil-sprung, independent floating piston. This allows excess oil to purge through ports at the top of the damper to maintain consistent damping and increase durability. The Float Air Spring utilizes Fox's self-equalizing positive/ negative air spring which is said to result in smoother performance with reduced friction and less vibration feedback through the handlebars. To further boost tunability, the feel and performance of the fork can be tweaked with air volume spacers that adjust the amount of mid stroke and bottom out resistance. Specifications:15QR x 110 Boost and 15QR x 100 Kabolt axle options 27.5” and 29” wheel options 100mm travel FIT4 and FIT GRIP three position damper for improved control Lockout for increased efficiency Factory Series models feature Genuine Kashima Coat Gloss Orange, Matte Black, Gloss White 120mm upper tube spacing (32 model uses 130mm) Max tyre size 2.3” Max rotor size: 27.5”- 180mm, 29” – 203mm Rake: 27.5” – 44mm, 29” – 44mm or 51mm 32 SC 27.5 100mm = 1,355g - 225g less than MY16 32 32 SC 29 100mm = 1,360g - 255g less than MY16 32 Actual weight as tested: 1.35kg with a cut steerer (29", 110 Boost) On the Trail We only had the Fox fork for a three day long weekend but managed to get the SC 32 out for a ride on each day. We were fortunate enough to have a Silverback Sesta Pro on test. We made full use of the opportunity as it is the style of bike the 32 SC was made for - a light, capable XC bike. The fork came off the Fox South Africa Brand Manager's bike, so most settings were already dialled with only the air pressure needing some tweaking in order to achieve the correct sag. As soon as I hit the dirt, the fork felt like a major improvement over previous models. Initial stroke was very supple without diving into or through its travel with good mid stroke support and ramp-up towards the end of its travel. This is something that can be adjusted by playing with the combination of air pressure and volume spacers, but the base setting is already good and any further adjustments would only be to tune it to your personal preference. There is some noticeable flex when loading the fork in big turns but there is little to no sign of that when hammering along the trail in straighter lines. With Cape Town's extended summer, our trails are showing severe signs of brake ruts - this however did not faze the 32 SC one bit as it soaked up everything in its way. Technical sections, like we have come to know on XCO courses, were dealt with with great composure allowing me to simply focus on line choices rather than holding on. I'm not a fan of unnecessary wires, cables and hoses so was glad to see this one came without a remote and at no point did I wish I had a lever to flick between the three compression modes. Close to all my riding on the fork was done in the full open mode allowing the suspension to soak up small bumps and offer the extra traction that comes with it. Pure race snakes may prefer the optional remote, but that would be down to personal preference only. Verdict We only had the fork for a very short period and in no way can we comment on long term performance or how it felt to different testers. My early impressions are very good though with the Fox 32 SC being a clear improvement on the standard Fox 32. I really do like the fact that it has been optimized for its travel and is not trying to cater to a unrealistically wide market. Keep in mind that the 32 as we know it will continue in Fox's lineup for those looking for a 120mm fork. ProsDedicated to 100mm travel which has allowed Fox to optimize it Volume Spacers offer a quick and easy "custom" tune It is incredibly light Kobalt Axle is neat, light, secure and snatch-free Cons If you ride your bike hard there will be some flex Kobalt Axle requires a tool to remove the front wheel
  21. Announced in April this year, the 32 Step-Cast (SC) fork is the lightest cross-country fork Fox has produced starting at around 1,355 grams. Designed and optimized for 100 mm travel from the outset, the 32 SC has some unique features. Click here to view the article
  22. The new lengths are based on metric dimensions instead of the imperial-based dimensions of most current shock offerings. Cane Creek, DVO Suspension, Manitou, RockShox, SR Suntour, and X-Fusion are each working independently to develop shock options within their own product lines, and each brand will announce its metric sizing offerings separately. The group of suspension manufacturers says that metric sizing allows both suspension and frame manufacturers to significantly simplify rear shock sizing and fitment, while also providing performance benefits to both suspension and frame designs. A significant number of major bicycle manufacturers have recognized the advantages metric sizing offers frame design, and will be introducing new bikes equipped with metric rear shocks in the near future. Though the group is enthusiastic about the future of metric sizing in suspension, each company says it will remain committed to supporting its imperial shock sizes as long as market demand is relevant.
  23. Six of the bicycle industry’s main suspension manufacturers announced today that, beginning with model year 2017 bicycles, consumers will see several new shock lengths and fitment options. Click here to view the article
  24. Banned cyclist to collect huge damages payout by Agency Staff, February 02 2016, 06:00 Agency Staff February 02 2016, 06:00MADRID — The Spanish government has been ordered to pay more than €720,000 in damages to former cyclist Roberto Heras for his reversed suspension for doping in 2006-08. Spain’s national court in Madrid said in its decision that the amount of €724,904.86 corresponded to what Heras could have earned during his two-year suspension. After testing positive for the banned hormone EPO in September 2005 after the Vuelta a Espana, Heras had his victory in the race stripped and was banned for two years by the Spanish cycling federation, causing him to retire. The ban was subsequently overturned in the Spanish courts in 2012 due to irregularities in the screening of his urine test. Judge Berta Santillan Pedrosa ruled the Spanish government was responsible for the error and liable to compensate Herras. Lawyers for the state have until next Monday to lodge an appeal. The cyclist and his company, which manages his image rights, lodged their case against the state in January last year, claiming more than €1m in compensation to offset losses caused by the sanction. The decision is another legal setback in the fight against doping in Spain, which has often been accused of being soft on drugs in sport. AFP http://www.bdlive.co.za/sport/othersport/2016/02/02/banned-cyclist-to-collect-huge-damages-payout
  25. Hi, I'm new to mountain biking and recently bought myself a Giant Trance 4 27.5" Large frame bike to get into it. After a few rides I started wondering about upgrading my suspension to get longer strokes to do more aggressive downhill rides. I also wonders about upgrading my wheels, from the 27.5" to 29". The Trance 4 has a "linkage driven single pivot" rear suspension setup (see attached photo), and this prevents me from putting on larger rims and longer rear suspension. Does anyone have any experience with replacing or upgrading a linkage driven single pivot setup to accommodate larger rims and longer rear suspension? If such a conversion is possible, where do I get the parts? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
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