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fox float 36 rc2 set up

sofaboy73sofaboy73 Posts: 574
edited April 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi,

I've just upgraded my float 32 r's to 36 rc2's and now have loads more nobs to twiddle, but could with some pointers before i turn everything the wrong way

am i best spending a few rides breaking in the seals and sorting out my air pressure / sag beofre playing around with the high / low speed damping (ie keep them a pretty neutral at midway settings?)

I usually run my forks pretty plush, but the recomended air pressures for fox seem to be way too firm? When "assuming your normal riding position" on the bike to measure the sag are you best to do this seated or up on the pedals in the 'attack' stance as obviously gives quite different measurements?

cheers

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    have you watched the Fox set up vids in the FAQs?

    do it it answers most of your questions.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • sofaboy73sofaboy73 Posts: 574
    no i hadn't, some how missed them when i scanned faq

    have now and very useful videos.

    thanks for the swift and as ever helpful pointers nik
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    no probs
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • rhyko7rhyko7 Posts: 781
    i was told to have 6 clicks off on each (compression) thats a fairly stiff setting but tried and tested.
    Dont look at it-ride it! they are tools not f*cking ornaments

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Not the best advice to be given really - if it was truly the best, it would be non adjustable.

    Experiment, see what works for you. Different air pressures may effect what damping settings you use, as well as terrain of course.
  • rhyko7rhyko7 Posts: 781
    supersonic wrote:
    Not the best advice to be given really - if it was truly the best, it would be non adjustable.

    Experiment, see what works for you. Different air pressures may effect what damping settings you use, as well as terrain of course.

    fair enough its not the best advice but its a starting point, these forks have so much adjustability you can be totally lost man.
    the way i do it:
    i set all the settings on the fork fast 1st and then set the pressure so i get 15- 20mm of sag, then set the rebound so it comes up fast without shooting up too rapidly (so there is slight resistance to it coming up), then i fiddle with compression until it feels like it has sligtly more resistance going down. but thats just my preference and i havent got a clue but know that setting feels ok, but then i ride the bike alot more than i spend looking at it, cleaning it, taliking about it or posting on forums!!!
    Dont look at it-ride it! they are tools not f*cking ornaments

    my riding:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rhyspect

    Some of my Rides Data/maps:
    http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/Users/527337
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    but then i ride the bike alot more than i spend looking at it, cleaning it, taliking about it or posting on forums!!!

    I supposed to read something in to that?!
  • rhyko7rhyko7 Posts: 781
    supersonic wrote:
    but then i ride the bike alot more than i spend looking at it, cleaning it, taliking about it or posting on forums!!!

    I supposed to read something in to that?!

    sorry i was being a bit bitchy there, i just over reacted to a little mole hill when you shot down my suggestion of 6 clicks out
    dont worry, ive had long day between working and fixin my damn bikes, ive been waiting for a bearing kit to turn up for my Trance too which i am dying to ride again and getting frustrated at not being able to ride xc
    Dont look at it-ride it! they are tools not f*cking ornaments

    my riding:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rhyspect

    Some of my Rides Data/maps:
    http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/Users/527337
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    I didn't shoot it down, I elaborated on it ;-)
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    TBH it does not matter how many click you set on anything to start with as you will soon feel if it needs adjusting.

    if you are an average Joe then setting things to the middle of the settings is a good start. if you are a light weight or a heavy weight then starting closer to one end or another may be better.

    BUT as what we are really trying to control is the wheel the settings could be the same.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • sofaboy73sofaboy73 Posts: 574
    thanks for the input guys.

    just got back from 5 days blasting the new forks round mid wales so starting to get there with the set up and the initial new fork stiction appears to wearing off nicely.

    a couple of queries though still

    1. still having to run the forks significantly lower pressure than recomended. at 13 st they rckon they should be c 60 psi but i'm having to run them at 50 psi to get anything like the required sag - is this right?

    2. I don't seem to get as much small bump sensitivity, get a lot of vibration past through the forks on fire road and the like and the front whell feels a bit sketchy when trying to cruise over smaller pebbley stuff. I've got the low speed set kind of mid point point, but i'm reluctnat to take it too soft as |i seem to get a lot of brake dive if I do - am i missing something here?

    cheers
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    1 forget any numbers they mean nothing. go on the SAG.

    2 too much compression.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • rhyko7rhyko7 Posts: 781
    sofaboy73 wrote:
    thanks for the input guys.

    just got back from 5 days blasting the new forks round mid wales so starting to get there with the set up and the initial new fork stiction appears to wearing off nicely.

    a couple of queries though still

    1. still having to run the forks significantly lower pressure than recomended. at 13 st they rckon they should be c 60 psi but i'm having to run them at 50 psi to get anything like the required sag - is this right?

    2. I don't seem to get as much small bump sensitivity, get a lot of vibration past through the forks on fire road and the like and the front whell feels a bit sketchy when trying to cruise over smaller pebbley stuff. I've got the low speed set kind of mid point point, but i'm reluctnat to take it too soft as |i seem to get a lot of brake dive if I do - am i missing something here?

    cheers

    like said ignore pressures, put an elastic band on them and see how much travel you get on a normal ride, you can also alter the slow speed compression (, the big blue dial on bottom of fork make it harder rather than add much pressure)

    2. small bump esnsitivity, thats the fast speed compression control on the bottom of the fork (the small blue dial)

    they do take a lot of playing with to get em right, just got mine back from mojo and looking fwrd to testing them out.
    Dont look at it-ride it! they are tools not f*cking ornaments

    my riding:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rhyspect

    Some of my Rides Data/maps:
    http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/Users/527337
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