Ok guys, I need some input here.
Situation: newly bought DR by a 200-210lbs bloke. This is my 3rd DR, so I knew what to expect when it comes to suspension on this bike. I recently installed a pair of Intiminators with the stock springs, 30mm spacers, 5W fluid and a 160mm airgap (with Intiminatos/without springs).
As some may recall, initially I hated my forks like this because it had so much stiction. Easily 2", seriously... I seemed to have solved this by dripfeeding a few drops of oil between/under the dust seals and the last week I liked them better each day. Apparently it just needed lube.
Now they are supple enough to take on any dip/ditch/pothole, and enough low speed compression damping to avoid wallowing and too much brake dive. The only thing I have to get used to is a lack of rebound damping, which (only) shows when releasing the front brake at a traffic light. The front just pops up nearly. Weird a bit, but to be expected when you realize how the Intiminators (and other drop-in cartridges I assume) work. And I have to admit, if you want your suspension to work offroad, you need less rebound damping, otherwise your forks will remain fully compressed in rough terrain. I get that. You want the front wheel to follow the terrain.
As expected, the new achilles heel was the rear shock, so I ordered a Ricor shock for a sub 220lbs rider. I deliberately ordered the sub 220lbs because I ride without luggage and hardly any weight adding farkles. After I installed the shock I started by taking sag measurements, to see if any preload adjustments were needed.
static sag: 25mm
rider sag: 71mm (which was easily over 100mm's on the stock shock pogo stick)
on a 221mm rear suspension travel that is 32% rider sag. Sound ok?
Anyway, I left the preload as it was, and started riding. What a difference! Rear feels very planted and has lots of low speed damping. Heck, the rear actually feels quite stiff. For a road bike this feels pretty spot on, but for a bike I want to take out on gravel/desert as well? ughhhh I know my brains' calibration has had an offset from the stock rear shock and spring, but still, it feels stiffer than any shock I had on previous bikes. Especially the low speed damping (both compression and rebound!). I cannot imagine this would ever bottom out on the hardest whoops.
Is this to be expected, and will the shock adjust to the terrain (admitted, I've only ridden street on the bike yet, and will for a while before I have time to do offroad riding), or is this a serious concern? I know this shock has the inertia active valve
On second thoughts, I still use the stock front springs, so the bike could be front heavy at the moment. It would make sense to replace the stock springs with 0.47 springs. I'm willing to do that, but wouldn't that expose the lack of rebound damping in the forks even more?
So my questions are:
just stiffer on the fork springs?
will stiffer fork springs make the rebound on the forks even less?
this low speed damping sensation on the Ricor shock is normal?
are my sag figures ok?
thanks for watching!
(ps, I don't have any sag measurements on the front, but hey. we all know the stock springs)
Firm believer in lower pegs.