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I recently bought a set of Rock Shox Dart 2 for my bike. Yeah I know; they are nothing special. But they should be better than the Mozo ml-30 I was running (stock). And they fit in my budget. Plus I don't plan on doing anything extreme w/ them.
What I need to know is how to set them up. The Owners Manual says that they "can be tuned for your particular weight, riding style, and terrain." OK, well, How do I do that??? What if I ride different terrain or my riding style changes as I improve?? How do you adjust them for this??? The only adjustment I see is the Preload. As I understand it that is basically to set it up for your weight on the fork. Is that it??:skep:
 

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Yeah Great Thanks. I know it's low end and so is my BUDGET. When I win the lotto or have an unknown relative kick the bucket and leave me a vast fortune I will do that.
 

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If you're over 180 get a heavier weight spring. Should be like 20 bucks. Turn the preload all the way down, it just makes the fork motion feel shitty. Set the rebound so the fork rebounds at the same speed as your hands when you push down and pull up. If i had to ride a dart, i'd put thinner oil in the damper- the rebound oriface is too small, and i could use the lockout to balance the fork dive/ plushness. Fortunately i don't have to.
 

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Uhh, these are the '08 model. They have no lockout.
How do you set the rebound???
Thank you for writing an informative and knowledged response.
 

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oh, so its one of the ones that's damped with no adjustments. I guess you won't adjust the damping then. No biggie, it's mostly a gimmick on a dart.
 

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Yeah at a $79 price tag I couldn't pass it up. One of the guys at the bike shop said "if it lasts a year it's worth it."
I just want to get the most out of it until then. I think I will ride it for a while and then try your suggestions after I get a feel for them.
 

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I actually run this fork on my road bike. You just have the preload adjustment and that is it. It should be set for 20-25% of the travel or you can mess with it to find a setting that works for the conditions.
 

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On your road bike....Really??? I have never heard of that. Isn't it kinda heavy for a road bike??? Most of the reviews I read were full of complaints about it being heavy. Do you do Cyclocross or something w/ that setup???
 

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A dart like yours will never die. It will hold your front wheel on and provide mediocre damping for the giant cockroaches long after mankind has left the field. It's very very simple and fairly well constructed. Fooling with sag (how much the fork sinks down when you sit on the bike) and preload and whatnot is pretty much a waste of time. Put the heavy weight spring in if youre 180+, and turn the preload up if you're a big fat dude. Simple as that.
 

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Ok Thanx.

After getting it and checking out the reviews I kinda feel like this is Rock Shox version of a Wallybike fork. You see all this hype about how great they are and then I get it and it seems so....basic. Guess if I had the money I could have gotten one to tinker w/ the settings.
 

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It's basic, but it's a huge massive step up from a wallybike fork. It actually absorbs bumps. If you needed a fork and couldn't afford a tora 318 coil, a dart 2 is a good choice. It's 80 bucks- good forks start at ~300 retail.
 

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On your road bike....Really??? I have never heard of that. Isn't it kinda heavy for a road bike??? Most of the reviews I read were full of complaints about it being heavy. Do you do Cyclocross or something w/ that setup???
Its a HT that I have converted. IT is heavy @ 30lbs but I actually can race road on it. Also the dart 2 is bulletproof as I havent serviced mine in 12000miles.
I upgraded on my new bike to a Fox Float RL140 and dont really like the fact that you do have all the settings. with the dart its set it and forget it with the fox I have to check and maintain a certain air pressure when i find it and mess with a rebound nob.
 
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