Went for a ride at Aston Hill the other day and realised that my suspension feels awful. Compared to my mates bike with some older 888s and a new RS Kage it just feels dead - my mates bike feels so smooth and controlled in comparison. I never really noticed it before as I was riding the smoother tracks at Woburn all the time.
I'm on a Scott Voltage FR30 with a 2010 55 RC3 and a Manitou Swinger 4 way shock. Am I fighting a losing battle with these components or do they just need a proper setup? The fork feels like it has a lot of stiction, I think it's down to the air preload and it feels quite "notchy" when this is used, but I'm a bit too heavy for the stock spring without it.. Felt like I was getting rattled to bits over the faster rootier bits of trail! I don't really know how the compression works on this fork as it adjusts both hi/low.
As for the shock, it doesn't have much in the way of adjustments other than air volume, air and coil weight/preload.
The sag on both fork and shock is set about right but they just feel dead and nothing close to the smooth plushness of my mates bike (or even the new sektor on my hardtail)!
Any setup tips would be appreciated