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Does anyone have experience with the Smack Stack from The Shock Howse for the DPX2? Smack Stack — The Shock Howse
Funny timing. I emailed Mike about this just a few days ago, below is what he sent me about the smack stack.Does anyone have experience with the Smack Stack from The Shock Howse for the DPX2? Smack Stack — The Shock Howse
Last I checked, all dampers were speed sensitive. The real question is if it position sensitive, i.e. true bypass racing shocks used in baja racing.Funny timing. I emailed Mike about this just a few days ago, below is what he sent me about the smack stack.
What the Smack Stack does in the DPX2 is force more oil through the low speed compression circuit, so you get more chassis stability through g-outs, cornering, and off lips. It then also supports the high speed compression circuit so when you hit something hard, it generates more compression force to resist bottom outs. (Hence the name, Smack Stack). Basically, it's speed-sensitive valving so the faster the shock is compressing, the more compression force it generates. This allows you to run smaller volume spacers in the air can so you get a more linear feel, like that of a coil, for added traction when the going gets rough. The softer initial feel is also supported by the inreased low speed compression so you don't get the pedal bob, and poof, that's the Smack Stack.
I've read a few very short positive Google reviews that mention the smack stack, as well as a post on the Orbea thread here (post 745). I made an appointment for him to do it to my DPX2 next month but I'll be watching this closely to decide if I actually go through with it. He did mention that whatever he does can be undone if you don't like it.
I’ve had Mike tune a bunch of stuff, including smashstacking. Mike does a great job with his tuning. Give him a call—he’s a suspension tuner, and he’s willing to talk with you and explain what he does.That's why I am asking if anyone has any experience. I sent them an email asking what exactly is being tuned or replaced in the shock. I have read Craig's paragraph on his page about the limitations in tune DPX2 shocks which made me very curious about this tuning process.
Fork and shock is due soon for the 125hr service so I may use his service and get a tune at the same time and see how I like it.I have. Mike does a great job with his tuning.
He’s really communicative. If you have an issue with his tune (I think 90 days), i think he guarantees and retunes so you’re happy.Fork and shock is due soon for the 125hr service so I may use his service and get a tune at the same time and see how I like it.
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I just replaced the DPS that came on my bike with a TTX 1 Air. After only one ride it's a huge difference. No more random spiking / kicking and the TTX feels both more supple and supportive at the same time. Definitely worth it.I may go for an Ohlins TTX2AIR or TTX1AIR for my Stumpjumper Evo and keep the DPX2 as a spare. His price for the mod is about the same as a 125hr service at most places so I may send it out to him anyways and get the mod as part of the service. Dougal's comment on the shock confirms what I feel about the DPX2 as a very compromised and inflexible shock.
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Love the Ohlins suspension. Solid stuff.I just replaced the DPS that came on my bike with a TTX 1 Air. After only one ride it's a huge difference. No more random spiking / kicking and the TTX feels both more supple and supportive at the same time. Definitely worth it.
Ive also heard through an extremely reputable source at Maverick in Denver that Howse is the man for Ohlins tunes. That's high praise considering... Also, Howse has his biz model in really tip top shape: turnaround, sustainability, communication as echo'd by others...Love the Ohlins suspension. Solid stuff.
I had the Shock Howse tune mine, and it’s been amazing, but I’m sure stock is just as good.