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just looking for some feedback and ideas as to how you guys run the begining stroke and ending stoke etc. for aggressive trail riding( trail roots, slopes, rocks, ocassional 5' drop)

rider weight here is 215 and been somewhat happy running the begining stroke full out and closing the ending stroke, #500 spring, 100psi and volume adjuster about 3/4 from full out.
 

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I set mine up by Santa Cruz's recommendations...

staz said:
just looking for some feedback and ideas as to how you guys run the begining stroke and ending stoke etc. for aggressive trail riding( trail roots, slopes, rocks, ocassional 5' drop)

rider weight here is 215 and been somewhat happy running the begining stroke full out and closing the ending stroke, #500 spring, 100psi and volume adjuster about 3/4 from full out.
And then just tweak the spring tension to get the right sag.

BTW: You say you have a #500 spring. Why so stiff, SC recommends and 350 or 400 for your weight. You might get a better ride if you switched to a different spring.
I weigh only 25 pounds less than you and I use a #300 spring and it rides great.

 

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thats what they spec'd

it had a #300 spring and it was way soft, progressive tech suggested a 450-500 for my weight on the large 04 heckler, i get the sag just with half turn of preload.
 

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I tried Progressive's higher recommended spring weight. It was much stiffer than Santa Cruz's suggested weight. It was way off. My Heckler was not supple at all. It was rideable but not nearly as enjoyable as with Santa Cruz's recommended stiffness. I've seen both sides of the recommendations and I firmly believe Santa Cruz are on the ball for aggressive XC weights. If you're into North Shore hucking off 10' - 15' stunts then maybe the 500 lb is not so out there but for mostly XC 350 lb/in. makes sense. The Heckler appears to have been designed with a lower leverage ratio compared to other bikes requiring super-stiff springs. Small increases in spring stiffness make a bigger difference.

Spring stiffness will make a huge difference compared to anything the blue beginning / end compression screws can do. Other than air pressure, the next most sensitive parameter is the air volume hex bolt.

Good luck!
 
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