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Taking bigger drops with FOx RP23 & Propedal on?


Skylark

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Just wondering....

Been having a good few issues with my RP23 shock.

I ride quite a lot in urban areas with Propedal on 1 or 2 all the time on those rides.

I take a few drops along the way max 2-3 feet , ramping off pavements , bunny hopping , whatever launch pads I can find in my path etc :drool:

 

Was just wondering if this will wear out the Propedal valve or damage it.

Is it designed to be able to cope with being used on drops?

 

2-3feet is hardly big drops but a whole lot bigger than bumps in the road or stuff an XC rider would typically throw at a RP23.

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I have an RP23 on my 4X bike offering 100mm travel.

 

I don't ever use the prodepal. I haven't found a need, as I set the shock to about 10% sag, and a slowish rebound

 

I find this is stiff and responsive enough to accelrate and climb... but affords the forgiveness when hitting the big gap jumps etc.

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not sure if it will hurt the shock but why dont you want to ride ddrops on pro pedal rather than just opening up your suspension??

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not sure if it will hurt the shock but why dont you want to ride ddrops on pro pedal rather than just opening up your suspension??

Riding on paved rds , sweeter having propedal on

And it makes it easier to bunny-hop the bike for obvious reasons

 

None of you all are answering the question tho!!!

:unsure:

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sorry i can not answer your q all my logic tells me is that it must put more strain on the schock but i know no better. even when riding on paved roads its rather simple flick of that little lever to unlock and i do it all the time, no hassle. pesonally i wont do 3 feet drops with pro pedal on, not nessesary

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ok... in attempt to answer your question, I would say that it will damage your shock.

 

It's like if you put too much air in your fork and hit something hard... you can burst the seals.

 

So my suggestion... run it open. Bunny hopping without propedal isn't that bad ;)

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The shock is hardly rock hard at propedal 1 or 2 or even 3 taking drops

 

Rolling comfortably out of drops is more technique than plush shocks anyway

Bmxers/Dirt jumpers and the freeride guys with hardtails do it at 4 times the heights I'm talking about.

Or that trails guy Danny Macskills or whatever his name is jumping off 1-2 story building roofs onto flat land and not a rear shock in sight.

Switching propedal on/off at every drop would be ridiculous - I'd be switching it on and off every 2 mins.

Anyways that's not the question - I like it a little stiffer so riding with propedal on all the time is what I want.

I just want to know if that will damage the shock

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ok... in attempt to answer your question, I would say that it will damage your shock.

 

It's like if you put too much air in your fork and hit something hard... you can burst the seals.

 

So my suggestion... run it open. Bunny hopping without propedal isn't that bad ;)

 

But I don't think its quite the same - the overfilled fork pops the seals becuase its over-filled and there ain't no where the extra volume can fit .

The propedal is just a gate that restricts flow for the first 1/4 of travel and then its out of the picture apparently.

I smaak propedal on when hitting the humps :P

Also gating the RS revelation fork just a touch with that remote lock out - everything just gets more responsive and quick in jumps. Not that they huge jumps so the extra plushness isn't really needed

It hardly feels that much harder , actually still feels awesome - no spine thumping jolts , so I'm all happy

 

You should give it a try - I know when I got my bike with an RP23 it was all about plushness , which it still is but the Propedal gives a nice "plush" option for a harder backend and that's useful

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The right answer is no. No, it won't damage the shock.

 

The Propedal mechanism is a little spring pressing against a mushroom-shaped(the stem of the mushroom is inside the spring) piece of metal that in turn presses against a hole. The round head of the mushroom sits against this little hole and prevents oil from coming through, in turn preventing bob. Should you take a big hit or drop, the oil simply opens the mushroom valve and oil goes through. No big deal.

 

Should it bottom out severely, there is another mechanism to protect it in the form of a rubber bumper that handles bottom-out events.

 

Go jump.

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The right answer is no. No, it won't damage the shock.

 

The Propedal mechanism is a little spring pressing against a mushroom-shaped(the stem of the mushroom is inside the spring) piece of metal that in turn presses against a hole. The round head of the mushroom sits against this little hole and prevents oil from coming through, in turn preventing bob. Should you take a big hit or drop, the oil simply opens the mushroom valve and oil goes through. No big deal.

 

Should it bottom out severely, there is another mechanism to protect it in the form of a rubber bumper that handles bottom-out events.

 

Go jump.

 

Stoked!!!

Thanks Johan

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