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Ive got a bullit with a Van RC now.. i was thinking to get this pushed or maybe just get a coil DHX. How does the bullit respond to the platform valving and whats the diffs between say the DHX 4.0 and 5.0? Id like it to pedal a bit better but not sure if its worth the extra money to jump to a DHX or just get the RC pushed and grab a Ti spring if i can find one on a deal.
 

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Kind of riding?

fiddy_ryder said:
Ive got a bullit with a Van RC now.. i was thinking to get this pushed or maybe just get a coil DHX. How does the bullit respond to the platform valving and whats the diffs between say the DHX 4.0 and 5.0? Id like it to pedal a bit better but not sure if its worth the extra money to jump to a DHX or just get the RC pushed and grab a Ti spring if i can find one on a deal.
I started with a '99 Bullit that came with an RC. I later replaced the 7.875 RC with an 8.5 X 2.5 RC. Both RCs worked great, but they did eat up a lot of pedaling energy when it came to hills and pitchups. When the 5th Element coil came out, I installed an 8.5 X 2.5 model, and it made the bike a whole different animal. It would still suck everything up on the flats and going downhill, but now it climbed with so much less effort that it was almost amazing. I don't think I could go back to anything less than something with a stable platform shock...5th, DHX, or Manitou. I've used all three of these on two different Bullits with excellent results.

I don't think a PUSH'ed RC performs like a true stable platform style shock. Now on the other hand, I'd say if you mainly shuttle or don't do any real climbing, a PUSH'ed RC might be just fine. I'm also curious if your shock is a 7.875 X 2.25 model. If it is, then you'll gain another advantage by getting a newer generation shock in an 8.5 X 2.5 model which I think is ideal for a Bullit...'03 and later Bullits all came with the 8.5 anyway, and it's a straight bolt-in item for earlier Bullits.
 

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Actually 6.5"

fiddy_ryder said:
The frame is an 04 frame, got it used, and it came with 7x2 instead of hte 8.. Id really like to get a bit more travel out of it too.. the 2.5 should give close to 7" travel correct? Id like to jump to a 170 mm fork in the future to balance it all out
Yeah, the 8.5 X 2.5 yields 6.5" and the 8.75 X 2.75 yields 7.2"...both are a straight bolt-in on your model. I used an 8.75 version when running a 7" Monster T, and it was a great balance. The 6.5" setup actually works very well, but I really did like the 7.2" with that Monster T. The shuttle on the Bullit is also a great tuning issue, which I'm sure you already know.

Man, I'd drop that shock you have there like a hot rock and go to an 8.5 X 2.5 at least. Well worth the money in your case. You realize with that 2.0" stroke shock that you're only getting about 5.25" of travel?
 
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