- Shock choices for the Alps
Ok, I’m planning my first Alps trip next summer to Morzine so I’ve been chatting recently to some people about what it’s like. A lot of people mention that you shocks take a hell of a beating in a week over there. I currently have an Orange Five Pro 09 with 140mm Float R 32s and an RP32. I’ve been toying with the idea of replacing them for the trip with something bigger and beefier, second had that I could possibly sell again after the trip (depending on cost). I’m about 11 stone and don’t ride super aggressive, but can push it at times.
a) Is it at all necessary with what I’ve currently got, bearing in mind that I don’t want to trash my lovely kit in one week.
b) If it is a good idea, can you recommend anything to lookout for in the classifieds/eBay? I was thing of probably 160mm 36s on the front?
RPosted 7 years agoMrK mkIIMember
if you want to hammer down the pleney run 15 times a day, yes, you will ruin your bike. you will ruin any bike. save your money for repairs when you get back.
i did that on my XC hardtail with 100mm 2004 fox floats and they are fine. i also felt i rode pretty damn hard (kicking my mates butt who was on a 120mm full sus). seems a little excessive to get a new set of shocks for only one week, when you could just fix what you’ve got (which i doubt will get that broken anyway)Posted 7 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
The alps are smooth and flat out (apparently, I’ve never been), but if its anything like our trip to Spain (which was seriously rocky and nothing like the Alps according to the other guys there) then kit takes a hell of a beating, my rear wheel is pretty much scrap, new tyres (supertacky) now look past their best, handlebar grips worn out, brake pads glazed, rotors bent etc etc.
My advice:Posted 7 years ago
Big old marzocchis (150mm RC2 Z1’s were my weppon of choice)
Cheep and big brake disks
Budget for a new rear wheel when you returnddmonkeySubscriber
Get some 2.5 Maxxis minions or high rollers and the biggest brake rotors you can and your bike will be fine. I did a whole week of blatting down the Mega tracks with an RP23 shock and had no problem with mine. Brake power is your friend, especially once your arms pump up. And snake bite punctures get very boring very quickly if you have weedy tyres.Posted 7 years ago
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