Talk to me about Pikes….
409 – Steel Steerer and solid crown, coil sprung, no external floodgate adjustment (Still adjustable with an allen key)
426 – Same as 409 with external floodgate adjustment
454 – Aluminium Steerer and hollow crown saving quite a bit of weight
Air U-Turn = Air Sprung with U-Turn function to allow travel adjustment
Coil U-Turn = Coil Sprung with U-Turn function to allow travel adjustment
Dual Air = Air Sprung with no travel adjustment (Saving weight by leaving out U-Turn gubbins inside)
The Air versions have been replaced by the Revelation forks for 09 so Pikes are a coil only fork now.
I’d be looking for 454 Air U-turn if you can find them, I like mine a lot…Posted 9 years agoqwertyMember
TFTuning say “if your over 100kg, you’d be better off considering an air fork as the x-firm spring won’t be suitable for extreme riding”Posted 9 years agoretro83Member
I’ve got 426 on my Soul and 454 on my Hemlock. About 14 stone with all kit on and standard spring is fine. Great forks.
You must be a light 14 stone then! I’m currently 13.5 and running the x-firm which I find about right. The med and the firm are far too soft (ok when seated but most of the travel is used as sag when standing)Posted 9 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
16st here on 454 Coils w/ X-Firm Spring.
Buttery smooth, fantastic forks.
You need to play with compression / rebound settings. Thats what they’re there for. Too many people fit, forget & then moan.
They’re designed to bottom out once in a while, it wont hurt them. And the sag settings are just a guide. Mine sag about 30% which can feel very soft at first, but once riding they are great. Best forks I’ve ever ridden on.
I fail to see how an air fork is better for a larger rider. The amount of stiction induced through upping the pressure just makes it worse.Posted 9 years agoPeterPoddyMember
I fail to see how an air fork is better for a larger rider. The amount of stiction induced through upping the pressure just makes it worse.
Because you can set a stiffer spring rate than the X-firm springPosted 9 years ago
Stiction will not increase because the -ve air chamber cancels most of it out just as for lower pressures and stiction will be less of a problem for a heavier rider anyway as his weight will overcome it more easily.
Similarly, lighter riders are better with coil forks due to their lower stiction
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