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Offline TJ

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Do this before you buy new suspension
« on: September 08, 2018, 07:28:16 pm »
I was just about ready to buy a new suspension for my C14, when I heard about a really good suspension tuner. I figured, what do I have to lose?

He charged me $40.00 for a basic suspension set up. Spent about an hour or so with me, and had me test it out. I could not believe the change!

The bike is so much more stable in corners now, and smoother. Front end even feels lighter on turn in.

This is a MUST DO before you go out and spend big $. The bike is so much more enjoyable now.

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2018, 11:07:56 pm »
sooo...?
who did it?
what was done?
anything else we can ask?

oh, wait.. i see we are now into a multi-post thing.... :-[ ::) ::) :-X :truce:

http://forum.cog-online.org/tires-suspension-c14/time-for-suspension-work/msg648003/#msg648003

never mind.

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2018, 12:57:35 am »
sooo...?
who did it?
what was done?
anything else we can ask?

oh, wait.. i see we are now into a multi-post thing.... :-[ ::) ::) :-X :truce:

http://forum.cog-online.org/tires-suspension-c14/time-for-suspension-work/msg648003/#msg648003


Sag properly set.
More spring into the front / preload and rebound set for me tailored to my riding style.
Lots of rebound taken out of rear shock,

The other post you attached a link to has nothing to do with this. I was getting ready to ditch the OEM suspension because I was so unhappy with how my bike handled.   

never mind.

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2018, 01:31:42 am »
I was just about ready to buy a new suspension for my C14, when I heard about a really good suspension tuner. I figured, what do I have to lose?

He charged me $40.00 for a basic suspension set up. Spent about an hour or so with me, and had me test it out. I could not believe the change!

The bike is so much more stable in corners now, and smoother. Front end even feels lighter on turn in.

This is a MUST DO before you go out and spend big $. The bike is so much more enjoyable now.

Thanks for the nudge TJ.
I see there's a reputable one near me. I'll be giving him a call next week!

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2018, 10:58:35 am »
Good to hear that you sorted suspension of your bike without plopping money on upgrades that don't always work as advertised.

P.S I see similar approach among people when buying bicycles (not Walmart kind  :)) )
Most bicycle shops offer a fitment session, where they use Retul or equivalent machine for proper fitment. The difference between SWAG approach and proper fitment is HUGE.

cheers...



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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2018, 03:44:24 pm »
I was just about ready to buy a new suspension for my C14, when I heard about a really good suspension tuner. I figured, what do I have to lose?

He charged me $40.00 for a basic suspension set up. Spent about an hour or so with me, and had me test it out. I could not believe the change!

The bike is so much more stable in corners now, and smoother. Front end even feels lighter on turn in.

This is a MUST DO before you go out and spend big $. The bike is so much more enjoyable now.

Best $40-$50 you can spend on this bike.

Thanks for the nudge TJ.
I see there's a reputable one near me. I'll be giving him a call next week!

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2018, 12:32:00 am »
Interesting... Care to post your settings / weight / riding style?

I noticed that the set up on my new bike, was WAY off from the factory and made the bike handle like a truck. I too noted far too much rebound in the shock, but my forks also had WAY too much preload for my weight. I'm probably 205 in gear...

I'm not finished dialing mine in yet, but it has improved greatly with some fiddling. I would agree that it is worth the time or money to get the stock stuff as good as it can be...

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2018, 10:47:36 am »
185lbs with riding gear.

Told them I ride moderately overall and occasionally turn up the wick a little in the corners. I think this is a good street suspension tune.   

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2018, 03:02:14 pm »
I agree. Just make sure he didn't give you fake stiffness by cranking the rebound adjuster all the way down. rebound that's too slow will surprise you when the tire no longer meets the road
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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2018, 03:05:43 am »
I’m in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Anyone know a suspension tuner within a few hundred miles? Many thanks.

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Re: Do this before you buy new suspension
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2018, 08:11:21 pm »
IIRC there is a great suspension set up with base lines on chalkdust for the C14.
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