Bought this bike for mountain trail riding with some XC about 7 weeks. Climbs & DHs awesome but when I hit the XC part of the ride it feels a lot different. Very odd cause it actually pedals UH faster and easier than my last lighter XC bike. Originally the LBS had over filed the tubes with to much sealant. Having figured that out acceleration was improved. But I still would like more speed in the XC. I have tried adjusting down the pike u-turn & locking it out. Locking out may help but the fifth element shock doesn't have that option and according to DW most efficient when running the 25-30% sag. Feels like it is hugging the trail to tight in the XC where it needs to glide over. That might not be a good way of putting it but I am sure you know what I mean if you ride one.ashwinearl said:No offense but you'd probably get passed by a rigid hardtail in some XC parts of the trails. My hollowpoint kicks butt over my hardtail for the most part, but the improvements diminish rapidly as the trail conditions get easier and become more hardpack, smooth trails.
Smooth twisty trails is the one area where the hardtail shines over my Full suspension, and this is compared to an HP set up in 3.75" rear with a 80mm or 100mm XC front fork. So compared to a 5" rear/120-140mm front fork I imagine that the hardtail would be even better.
If you want to improve your XC performance realize that it may come at the expese of your allmountain/trail performance. You can't do both and it seems like you're striving for a middle ground.
Wheels, tires, tubes will probably do the most to liven up the bike. Yet you still need a strong wheel for your trail riding. Maybe a DT swiss wheel /Velocity VCX rim with Stans tubless conversion might be a good middle ground. Maybe a 2.1 tire in the rear but keep a 2.2-2.3 in front?
Stick with the shortest travel fork that the frame was designed to accomodate. One with platform like an SPV or FOX or motion control will help make it feel tighter/quicker.
The above quote makes a lot of sense but I would like to improve with what I have to work with first if possible and still not diminish bikes performance in other areas. Second choice would be a RCA or similar shock if that would help.
Let me know if you solved this.