Yeah, the 500# spring on my EXT Storia v3 is a game-changer on top of the damper already being a game-changer over the dpx2. I spent the better part of a day bracket testing all the setting on the shock with the sag set at 30% --I ride flat pedals on some pretty rough trails so EXT recommends 30% sag. I have the 500# spring preload set at just enough to keep it from rattling, so I can add more preload/less sag and do additional testing. I have my S3 set in the lowest, slackest mode and didn't get any pedal strikes with 165mm cranks so I don't see a reason to run less sag.Excellent nice one for that, sounds very promising given you feel identical about the dpx2 as I do I shall look forward to your thoughts on it when you have the right spring 👍 keep me posted please 🙌🏻
I'm not going to bias any future Storia owner with my own settings but, relative to the "middle" setting ...HSC is slightly higher, LSC is lower, Rebound I forget, but I think about in the middle. Btw, get the Storia pocket tool because it beats the hell out of carrying around a 12/14? wrench. I actually got two ...one for the SWAT box and one to carry in my pocket so I can make adjustments with making my homies wait on me.
I posted before about the traction and pedalling performance, so I will just add that the HSB is the real deal. When I send the shock in for service, I will likely have them bump it up just a hair but man does that smooth out those big landings ...although it is honestly hard to tell if I really bottomed or not. There are two spots where I will pretty much bottom anything I'm riding, so I'm pretty sure I did ...anyway ...I typically have kind of a "is the bike recomposed (backwheel solidly on the ground) and I can start focusing on the turn into the following step up?" moments. The Storia erased that typical worry.
I typically start dialing in a new bike by setting it up for urban free-ride and then move off road. Weird, I know, but my goal is to find the upper boundary of stiffness for all-out 3 minute runs. From there, I will have a few setups for different types of rides. I skipped that urban test with this shock because I went immediately to Angel Fire ...so more testing to come.