My front fork is a total bottom.

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    Jan 13, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    Every time I ride Markham Park, my front fork bottoms out at least once (haven't pinpointed the location, but the zip tie is at the top of the fork after every ride).

    This morning I rode with a more experienced competitive cyclist, and he let me take the lead. He said my form and technique is good, so it's not that. After a little bit of chit chat, we determined that maybe I've progressed beyond the ability of the RockShox XC32 (stock fork on my bike).

    What do y'all think? Anyone used that fork? I already know I need new rims, which will be expensive. Last thing I wanna do is spend yet another grand on a pro Fox fork.
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    Jan 13, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidEvery time I ride Markham Park, my front fork bottoms out at least once (haven't pinpointed the location, but the zip tie is at the top of the fork after every ride).

    This morning I rode with a more experienced competitive cyclist, and he let me take the lead. He said my form and technique is good, so it's not that. After a little bit of chit chat, we determined that maybe I've progressed beyond the ability of the RockShox XC32 (stock fork on my bike).

    What do y'all think? Anyone used that fork? I already know I need new rims, which will be expensive. Last thing I wanna do is spend yet another grand on a pro Fox fork.


    Yeah that's possible. Though the XC32 is an entry level fork, I wouldn't worry about it unless you can feel it hit hard when you bottom out. I'm assuming you have the air version, so you can always try to increase the pressure. You'll need a shock pump or an LBS can help you out. I'd try that first.
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    Jan 13, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidEvery time I ride Markham Park, my front fork bottoms out at least once (haven't pinpointed the location, but the zip tie is at the top of the fork after every ride).

    This morning I rode with a more experienced competitive cyclist, and he let me take the lead. He said my form and technique is good, so it's not that. After a little bit of chit chat, we determined that maybe I've progressed beyond the ability of the RockShox XC32 (stock fork on my bike).

    What do y'all think? Anyone used that fork? I already know I need new rims, which will be expensive. Last thing I wanna do is spend yet another grand on a pro Fox fork.


    Yeah that's possible. Though the XC32 is an entry level fork, I wouldn't worry about it unless you can feel it hit hard when you bottom out. I'm assuming you have the air version, so you can always try to increase the pressure. You'll need a shock pump or an LBS can help you out. I'd try that first.
    Yesterday I met up with a guy who also has the same bike (Trek Mamba), and rode with him yesterday and today. both of our shocks bottomed out, but no hard hit...just maximum travel. And today I saw 5 other Trek Mamba's at the trail (very popular bike, apparently). They all say they bottom out, but no hard hit.

    So, I guess that just means it's doing its job. I'll eventually upgrade the fork, but first I'm going for better rims since I hit hard quite often (lots of high drops onto flat surface).
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    Jan 13, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
    You crazy bikers!
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    Jan 13, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    Montague saidYou crazy bikers!
    Bikers ride harder and faster. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 17, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    SoloXCRacer said
    paulflexes saidEvery time I ride Markham Park, my front fork bottoms out at least once (haven't pinpointed the location, but the zip tie is at the top of the fork after every ride).

    This morning I rode with a more experienced competitive cyclist, and he let me take the lead. He said my form and technique is good, so it's not that. After a little bit of chit chat, we determined that maybe I've progressed beyond the ability of the RockShox XC32 (stock fork on my bike).

    What do y'all think? Anyone used that fork? I already know I need new rims, which will be expensive. Last thing I wanna do is spend yet another grand on a pro Fox fork.


    Yeah that's possible. Though the XC32 is an entry level fork, I wouldn't worry about it unless you can feel it hit hard when you bottom out. I'm assuming you have the air version, so you can always try to increase the pressure. You'll need a shock pump or an LBS can help you out. I'd try that first.
    Yesterday I met up with a guy who also has the same bike (Trek Mamba), and rode with him yesterday and today. both of our shocks bottomed out, but no hard hit...just maximum travel. And today I saw 5 other Trek Mamba's at the trail (very popular bike, apparently). They all say they bottom out, but no hard hit.

    So, I guess that just means it's doing its job. I'll eventually upgrade the fork, but first I'm going for better rims since I hit hard quite often (lots of high drops onto flat surface).


    Yeah, ride it til it breaks.....then upgrade... icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 17, 2013 5:34 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidYeah, ride it til it breaks.....then upgrade... icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif


    I like how you operate, hopefully that's only with bikes and transport icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 18, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer said
    paulflexes said
    SoloXCRacer said
    paulflexes saidEvery time I ride Markham Park, my front fork bottoms out at least once (haven't pinpointed the location, but the zip tie is at the top of the fork after every ride).

    This morning I rode with a more experienced competitive cyclist, and he let me take the lead. He said my form and technique is good, so it's not that. After a little bit of chit chat, we determined that maybe I've progressed beyond the ability of the RockShox XC32 (stock fork on my bike).

    What do y'all think? Anyone used that fork? I already know I need new rims, which will be expensive. Last thing I wanna do is spend yet another grand on a pro Fox fork.


    Yeah that's possible. Though the XC32 is an entry level fork, I wouldn't worry about it unless you can feel it hit hard when you bottom out. I'm assuming you have the air version, so you can always try to increase the pressure. You'll need a shock pump or an LBS can help you out. I'd try that first.
    Yesterday I met up with a guy who also has the same bike (Trek Mamba), and rode with him yesterday and today. both of our shocks bottomed out, but no hard hit...just maximum travel. And today I saw 5 other Trek Mamba's at the trail (very popular bike, apparently). They all say they bottom out, but no hard hit.

    So, I guess that just means it's doing its job. I'll eventually upgrade the fork, but first I'm going for better rims since I hit hard quite often (lots of high drops onto flat surface).


    Yeah, ride it til it breaks.....then upgrade... icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
    Sooo...bicycles are like boyfriends?

    If that's so, then that explains why they're so expensive. icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 19, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    UPDATE: I finally felt the front fork bottom out today...a hard hit.

    Seems I'll have to replace it soon, since I'm taking jumps a bit higher now.

    Why does MTBing have to be so expensive? icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 19, 2013 12:09 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidUPDATE: I finally felt the front fork bottom out today...a hard hit.

    Seems I'll have to replace it soon, since I'm taking jumps a bit higher now.

    Why does MTBing have to be so expensive? icon_sad.gif


    I think you need to tell your fork to STFU and take it like a man.
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    Feb 19, 2013 8:50 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidUPDATE: I finally felt the front fork bottom out today...a hard hit.

    Seems I'll have to replace it soon, since I'm taking jumps a bit higher now.

    Why does MTBing have to be so expensive? icon_sad.gif


    Because it can ?
    Reminds me a few years ago bike companies stated that jumping off a sidewalk would void the warranty.. haha


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    Feb 19, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidUPDATE: I finally felt the front fork bottom out today...a hard hit.

    Seems I'll have to replace it soon, since I'm taking jumps a bit higher now.

    Why does MTBing have to be so expensive? icon_sad.gif


    Because it can ?
    Reminds me a few years ago bike companies stated that jumping off a sidewalk would void the warranty.. haha


    Does that mean this guy is shit outta luck if his bike breaks?

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    Feb 19, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    I believe the XC32 is a spring shock without pneumatics. If you do switch to an air fork, Paul, I have a high pressure shock pump (300 lbs) I'm not using, includes a dial pressure gauge. I bought it for a pneumatic seat post that I don't use anymore. Let me know and you can have it. Naturally works with rear suspension air shocks, too.
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    Feb 20, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI believe the XC32 is a spring shock without pneumatics. If you do switch to an air fork, Paul, I have a high pressure shock pump (300 lbs) I'm not using, includes a dial pressure gauge. I bought it for a pneumatic seat post that I don't use anymore. Let me know and you can have it. Naturally works with rear suspension air shocks, too.
    That would be awesome! I may be getting a full-suspension bike in a few months, and that would come in handy. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 20, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidUPDATE: I finally felt the front fork bottom out today...a hard hit.

    Seems I'll have to replace it soon, since I'm taking jumps a bit higher now.

    Why does MTBing have to be so expensive? icon_sad.gif


    Yup. When I used to MTB XC race 10-15 years ago, I pretty much needed to upgrade my ride every other year or so -- getting the latest and greatest bikes at ~$2000 a pop (except for those wonderful warranty replacements!) -- just to try to remain competitive. Now those costs have skyrocketed .... you can now buy stock bikes for $11000!! Ouch. I don't race any more, but at least I can now stay up with my local pack even on my old 26-incher. It is lightweight but a hard tail.
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    Feb 20, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO saidI believe the XC32 is a spring shock without pneumatics. If you do switch to an air fork, Paul, I have a high pressure shock pump (300 lbs) I'm not using, includes a dial pressure gauge. I bought it for a pneumatic seat post that I don't use anymore. Let me know and you can have it. Naturally works with rear suspension air shocks, too.
    That would be awesome! I may be getting a full-suspension bike in a few months, and that would come in handy. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    Let me know when you'll be up this way again. You should still have my cell number. I don't expect to be down in Hollywood in the near future.
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    Feb 21, 2013 6:48 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    xassantex said
    paulflexes saidUPDATE: I finally felt the front fork bottom out today...a hard hit.

    Seems I'll have to replace it soon, since I'm taking jumps a bit higher now.

    Why does MTBing have to be so expensive? icon_sad.gif


    Because it can ?
    Reminds me a few years ago bike companies stated that jumping off a sidewalk would void the warranty.. haha


    Does that mean this guy is shit outta luck if his bike breaks?



    well he's sponsored i'd imagine , so he doesn't care. ;p
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    Mar 07, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    xassantex said
    paulflexes said
    xassantex said
    paulflexes saidUPDATE: I finally felt the front fork bottom out today...a hard hit.

    Seems I'll have to replace it soon, since I'm taking jumps a bit higher now.

    Why does MTBing have to be so expensive? icon_sad.gif


    Because it can ?
    Reminds me a few years ago bike companies stated that jumping off a sidewalk would void the warranty.. haha


    Does that mean this guy is shit outta luck if his bike breaks?



    well he's sponsored i'd imagine , so he doesn't care. ;p
    I was actually poking fun at Cannondale. That's the company I was referring to...specifically the "Lefty" design. Sure most Lefty bikes have a racy geometry for speed, but they can't handle hard riding. The Lefty fork tends to fail on hard landings if you're not a 135 lb singletrack rider.
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    Mar 07, 2013 1:11 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO saidI believe the XC32 is a spring shock without pneumatics. If you do switch to an air fork, Paul, I have a high pressure shock pump (300 lbs) I'm not using, includes a dial pressure gauge. I bought it for a pneumatic seat post that I don't use anymore. Let me know and you can have it. Naturally works with rear suspension air shocks, too.
    That would be awesome! I may be getting a full-suspension bike in a few months, and that would come in handy. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    UPDATE: I'll be staffing Pride Fest outdoor booth # 6 for the SMART Ride on both Sat & Sun, Mar 9-10, 11AM-6PM at Holiday Park & War Memorial Auditorium, FtL. I'll have the pump if you think you might drop by. I'll also be displaying the custom-painted SMART Ride bicycle. Check out the activities:

    http://pridesouthflorida.org
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    Mar 07, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO saidI believe the XC32 is a spring shock without pneumatics. If you do switch to an air fork, Paul, I have a high pressure shock pump (300 lbs) I'm not using, includes a dial pressure gauge. I bought it for a pneumatic seat post that I don't use anymore. Let me know and you can have it. Naturally works with rear suspension air shocks, too.
    That would be awesome! I may be getting a full-suspension bike in a few months, and that would come in handy. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    UPDATE: I'll be staffing Pride Fest outdoor booth # 6 for the SMART Ride on both Sat & Sun, Mar 9-10, 11AM-6PM at Holiday Park & War Memorial Auditorium, FtL. I'll have the pump if you think you might drop by. I'll also be displaying the custom-painted SMART Ride bicycle. Check out the activities:

    http://pridesouthflorida.org
    I'll be working ~9am-6pm all weekend...and every day till April. This is our busy month. No days off.
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    Mar 07, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO saidI believe the XC32 is a spring shock without pneumatics. If you do switch to an air fork, Paul, I have a high pressure shock pump (300 lbs) I'm not using, includes a dial pressure gauge. I bought it for a pneumatic seat post that I don't use anymore. Let me know and you can have it. Naturally works with rear suspension air shocks, too.
    That would be awesome! I may be getting a full-suspension bike in a few months, and that would come in handy. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    UPDATE: I'll be staffing Pride Fest outdoor booth # 6 for the SMART Ride on both Sat & Sun, Mar 9-10, 11AM-6PM at Holiday Park & War Memorial Auditorium, FtL. I'll have the pump if you think you might drop by. I'll also be displaying the custom-painted SMART Ride bicycle. Check out the activities:

    http://pridesouthflorida.org
    I'll be working ~9am-6pm all weekend...and every day till April. This is our busy month. No days off.

    icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 07, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO saidI believe the XC32 is a spring shock without pneumatics. If you do switch to an air fork, Paul, I have a high pressure shock pump (300 lbs) I'm not using, includes a dial pressure gauge. I bought it for a pneumatic seat post that I don't use anymore. Let me know and you can have it. Naturally works with rear suspension air shocks, too.
    That would be awesome! I may be getting a full-suspension bike in a few months, and that would come in handy. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

    UPDATE: I'll be staffing Pride Fest outdoor booth # 6 for the SMART Ride on both Sat & Sun, Mar 9-10, 11AM-6PM at Holiday Park & War Memorial Auditorium, FtL. I'll have the pump if you think you might drop by. I'll also be displaying the custom-painted SMART Ride bicycle. Check out the activities:

    http://pridesouthflorida.org
    I'll be working ~9am-6pm all weekend...and every day till April. This is our busy month. No days off.

    icon_sad.gif
    I'm not complaining. The extra $ is how I'm going to buy a new full suspension bike with better components. icon_biggrin.gif