- Fox 34s & new RS Pikes….
…can the travel be internally adjusted?
I’m looking to beef up my forks but my bike
can only handleis warrantied for 140mm forks.
I’m sure the Fox forks can be done but I haven’t been impressed with my ’13 32 Float CTDs on the bike already and have read only but good things about the Pikes.Posted 4 years agoYetimanMember
Fox 34 Floats are internally adjustable (there’s ‘how to’ instructions on their website) but I don’t think Pikes are yet, although there’s a big thread about them on MTBR that might shed more light. http://forums.mtbr.com/shocks-suspension/pike-2014-a-861503.htmlPosted 4 years ago
Only on the RCT3 damper mind.
Fox 2013 onwards are just pants, theyve tried to simplify things for numpties, but in doing so ruined the damping and spring rate. 2012 forks were too progressive, so they went the opposite way.
I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews of the Pike, and I’ve got mine on the way in the post now 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Thanks folks. I must admit I sent my 32 Floats to Mojo and they tinkered with them (put more oil in to reduce the airchamber volume??)and they felt much better after but I’m toying with the idea of bigger, stiffer stanchions and the reviews of the Pikes have read well.
If LoCo is around and reads this post then hopefully he can let me know if he’s expecting travel adjustment kits for the Pike. If so, i’ll start writing my letter to Santa 🙂Posted 4 years agoMbnutMember
I am still saving up to get my ’13 Fox units sorted… gutted it looks like costing a fortune to make them work.
Been riding some ’14 Fox units for a few days and they are too far the other way so I will not be getting the ’14 Fox kit for mine. Not enough damping in D and too much in T…. what was wrong with high and low speed compression adjustment????Posted 4 years ago
Judging by his comment they felt too linear, so blew through their travel too quickly, which the obvious option is then to increase the air pressure, but this ruins small bump sensitivity.
The answer is to reduce the volume in the air spring, so they become more progressive, there are a number of ways to do this, the easiest is to reduce the volume of space for the air to fill, so pop some float fluid in the air chamber, or you can add spacers – like the Pike enables you to do.
This means you can run low pressures, so small bump compliance is very good, plush – but the stroke of travel ramps up at the end, so you dont bottom out the fork.
Simples, innit 🙂
You can do that at home, a 22 or 24mm spanner/socket, take the air cap off the top of the fork (after letting the air out), pop 15ml of float fluid into the air chamber, and done. That’ll cost you £5 and 10 minutes to do.Posted 4 years ago
Ha, in the time I logged on and started a response to NCB you answered it for me rickon….but better 🙂
Difficulty in getting the feel of the forks right via the usual air pressure/sag technique. Too harsh in Trail. Too much dive in Descent. A trip to Mojo and extra fluid in the air chamber improved things considerably.
Just think my bike could benefit from bigger, stiffer forks.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Now I have 15ml of Float Fluid in the Air Chamber the 34’s are MUCH better
Yep did this on the first service, stopped the “blow through” though it wasn’t especially bad.
Rate my 34’s think they are great and had no issues with them. I’m obviously not riding as hard as you guys 😉Posted 4 years ago
As far as I can tell it’s possible to reduce Pikes to 140mm. Through social media I’ve seen a Rockshox sponsored rider sporting Pike 140 26 and a prominent photographer with Pike 140 27.5
Not sure whether the reduced air spring assembly is available to the general public yet though.Posted 4 years ago
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