X-Challenge Air Shock Problems

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by W8-4IT, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Which is actually a brilliant result, over a ton.

    Wait till you have a new (conventional) shock, chances are you'll like the bike better than you ever did.
  2. Morfeous

    Morfeous n00b

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    Where to start.. Air suspension is inherently progressive since you are compressing a gas, coil springs are linear unless wound specifically to be progressive. Fox developed air shocks in the 70s for motocross beginning in 1974 or so and still make them for mountain bikes and trucks. Air shocks work, their challenge is higher heat (from compressing gas) changing the damping characteristics as teh internal fluids heat up more. Rebound is always the primary challenge to prevent the 'pogo' effect of the progressive air spring buildup. 2-circuit rebound damping (High/low speed) solves this. The single biggest problem with all shocks is unsophisticated people trying to wrap thier heads around what they are 'tuning' when they 'click them clickers there' without ever properly setting sag and spring rates. You would have the same issues trying to set up the Ohlins shock since you don't seem to understand suspension to begin with. Please don't mislead people with your mis-intepreted heresay.
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