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Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:10 am PostPost subject:
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your coil forks are exactly that they have a coil spring in them with a set spring rate, you adjust preload to set sag (normally 20-30%) coil springs will have good small bump sensitiity but you obviously have ot have the correct spring rate for your weight and riding style. air uses air as the spring obviously and you can set the pressure to get the desired sag which is a lot easier than changing the coil spring. rebound on forks will be at the bottom of the legs for most forks (probably a red knob) theymight just be radon LO forks (lock out)

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Dumbo...

I know what my coil forks are, and have them setup for my weight Laughing

Its the air ones that I dont really know about... and read somewhere that they are still coil but with an air section to set sag Confused
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Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:21 pm PostPost subject:
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no idea about the model of suntour you have. some forks do use a coil and air - manitou have two systems. one uses a small coil for better initial small bump and air while the other uses a larger coil spring with air to set sag. get a couple of pics of the top and bottom of the fork for me to have a look at.

it might use a coil as a negative spring
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I think I have now found the limit of my basic hard tail Laughing

Did bennachie on it, no problem for the most part as could carry enough speed to hop over most things, and wasnt too steep for the most part.

Scolty Hill - a bit steeper and more rocky then into exposed roots. I bottomed out the front shock a few times and mullerd my rear brakes hehe... could smell them! So very bad fade, and now long lever..... christ I'll be getting a big brake kit for my bike next!

Also started to use proper shoes... I like them but I'm finding I'm bouncing out of pedals more. They have spd 'bits'... so have a hard plastic blank and a couple of screws on the sole. These seem pretty slippy on the pedal!
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Better just using a set of flat shoes with soft soles if your using flats.
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Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:35 pm PostPost subject:
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I felt them being an issue the first use, but got used to it the next day.

Not sure I could trust clip-ons for bumpy/muddy stuff Laughing save that for the road
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I've used clips (time atac) for 20 years - hate flats. if you are using flats then use a decent pair of pedals with proper shoes and you've have a lot more grip. bro in law has a pair of five ten impacts with superstar nano pedals. downside is they will scrape your shins/calfs.

for brakes I run a 203mm front 180mm rear but not all forks can take 203mm, you'll probably be limited to 180 on your bottom end suntours

full suspension will make a difference on climbs as well as the decents.


spd shoes are leathal on flats
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Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:18 am PostPost subject:
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Do you use your front much going down steep hills confuzled

My front seems to be fine - a bit noisy just now but doesnt seem to have seen the same sustained temps as the rear.

Bottom end suntours Lol - they arent bottom end.... lower mid perhaps Razz Anyway, surely brackets can be sourced to space out the caliper to fit a bigger disc.

Doubt I would go that far on this bike though. Bleed the brakes, adjust the gears, new pedals - yeah

Plans are to get a road bike next, then upgrade the MTB to a full susp all-mountain later.
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Not sure I could trust clip-ons for bumpy/muddy stuff Laughing save that for the road


I went for it and got SPD's for my road bike and hardtail. My full sus has flats with little screws sticking out for grip.

I've never fallen off my bike so much. Laughing On the road its fine only fallen maybe once or twice but the hardtail was pretty bad. I fitted them then did the black trail at Glentress lol. Great for power and being fixed on the bike but its the stupid slow stuff thats not any good - stop on a steep hill or get snagged on a rock going over rough stuff and you struggle to get your foot out - then over you go like a cow. Laughing

Ive fitted flats on my hardtail again now.
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They have just brought out magnetic pedals - they looks good but are around 60-70
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Do you use your front much going down steep hills confuzled

My front seems to be fine - a bit noisy just now but doesnt seem to have seen the same sustained temps as the rear.

Bottom end suntours Lol - they arent bottom end.... lower mid perhaps Razz Anyway, surely brackets can be sourced to space out the caliper to fit a bigger disc.

Doubt I would go that far on this bike though. Bleed the brakes, adjust the gears, new pedals - yeah

Plans are to get a road bike next, then upgrade the MTB to a full susp all-mountain later.


you get mounts that move the caliper out thats how they fit but the forks probably won't be warrantied for using 203mm as they will put too much stress on the fork.

don't get a gay bike please Sad

I use both brakes to slow down but try not to drag the brakes as they heat up far too much on proper downhills.


danger of clipless - I could't clip out quick enough today ha ha ha ha


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Yea I think iv hit the limit of my bike aswell, It was always a cheaper bike to see how much I would enjoy mountain biking. My front shock has stated to bottom out now and then and I just find on the bumpy stuff I can hardly hand onto the handle bars with the impacts!

After ride the north ill try and sell both my road bike and hard tail and get myself a nice new bike...

An endure bike seems to tick most the boxes for me and wont restrict later on if I get better.

Really enjoy the old mountain biking though Razz
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Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:45 pm PostPost subject:
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got Lewis a new bike - Transition ripcord with some upgrades.




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An enduro bike seems to tick most the boxes for me and wont restrict later on if I get better.

Really enjoy the old mountain biking though Razz


have a look at the Transition scout - big travel bikes are not the bees knees.
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Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:27 pm PostPost subject:
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An enduro bike seems to tick most the boxes for me and wont restrict later on if I get better.

Really enjoy the old mountain biking though Razz


have a look at the Transition scout - big travel bikes are not the bees knees.


i hate all the marketing BS, i have a few mountain bikes in various shapes and sizes all with varying degrees of ability in various terrains. Pick what suits you most! Only you will know where your limit is.

Doing Tour De Ben Nevis is a few weeks, anyone else?

Nice bike for the wee man, simialr ages to mine, both on jump bikes now!

For the aberdeen lot, i highly recommend the Tarland trails, short but bloody good fun.
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Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:27 pm PostPost subject:
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What are you thinking of getting McBride.... and what are you looking for the road bike?
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