Turning FS into "Semi" hardtail (Mechanical fudging content)
To set the scene – I can’t afford new hard tail as already building new alpine bike. But I fancy trying a hardtail as I’ve never had one – maybe I’ll learn something about my riding.
Just wondered, what if I up the pressure in my shock to effectively reduce sensitivity to all but major impacts. Do I effectively get an “almost” hardtail. (Would also max out the compression damping if it had that adjustment but it doesn’t (Fox RP3).
Yes, I know that it won’t be the same as a proper hardtail but I’m not asking for perfection – it’s just an experiment in mechanical fudgery.
Anyone tried this ? Any advice ?Posted 4 years agodoncorleoniMember
Just try it! I rode my fsr with shock running 200psi which virtually locked it out. Rode fine! Had no option as damper failed and any less pressure resulted in pogo stick type behaviour! Commuted with slicks and rear locked out for around a year. Was fine 🙂
The air cans can hold quite a bit of pressure! Think max pressure is something like 300 psi for fox rp23.Posted 4 years agokhaniMember
Topeak shockprop.. though I’d just get a cheap secondhand frame and build that, cos it won’t really be the same and if you’ve never rode a HT before, a period of adjustment is required to get into it,.Posted 4 years ago
And one of the nice things about a hardtail is a 2-4lb weight reduction for a like for like build, which is nice on the climbs with a rigid back end as well..
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