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I am just getting back into mountain biking after a long break (about 6-7yr) and am trying to get my suspension setup properly. When I was setting up my bike I was having getting enough sag on my rear shock so I ordered a 400lb spring to replace the 450lb spring on my 5th Element. The suspension shop sent me a Manitou spring which is fine but it weighs a considerable amount more (13.4oz vs 20.6oz) and it's a tad shorter.

-Can anyone tell me why there would be such a difference in weight? Is the stock 5th Element titanium?

-Would there be a major weight difference between Manitou and another brand?

-Any recommendation on where to pick up a titanium spring?

Thank you for the help.
-Kurtis

 

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The Manitou's are PIG heavy - I had to do the same with my 5th and the Manitou is just a cheapo spring with more coils = heavier weight. It works well but now I'm looking for a 2.75"-3.00" stroke 400 lb Ti spring. Contact me if anyone has one for sale!

Have FUN!

G MAN
 

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Manitou springs are fairly heavy, even for steel. Looks like the 5th coil is Ti as well though. Check out DSP for reasonably priced Ti springs.
 

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AL29er said:
Manitou springs are fairly heavy, even for steel. Looks like the 5th coil is Ti as well though. Check out DSP for reasonably priced Ti springs.
Diverse (DSP) made the ti coil springs for Progressive. They wind and dyno-test their own coils. Their ti springs are as good as they come, and pricing is lower than other ti coil brands.

It is cheeper to test for your proper spring weight trying a few steel coils first.
 

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AL29er and derby, thank you for the info. Once I find the right spring rate I'll check DSP for something a little lighter.
 
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