Almost all products are designed with the ‘average person’ in mind, to allow the product to be suitable for a large proportion of people.
Mountain bike suspension is designed to manage specific ranges of loads, and those loads generally come from the weight of the rider + bike and are opposed by the terrain (or vice versa, depending on how you want to look at it).
This means that those who fall on either side of the bell curve are usually lighter or heavier in weight, and are at a disadvantage when it comes to suspension performance.
While there are no exact definitions or thresholds to identify a ‘heavier rider’, riders weighing more than 90kg (200 pounds) are likely to suffer from underdamped compression, initial harshness, insufficient support through the mid/late travel, and/or excessive, sudden end-stroke ramp with standard air spring designs.
How do heavier riders benefit from our upgrades?
|Smashpot Coil Conversion System
|Secus Air Spring Upgrade
|• Allows heavier riders to have full use of the fork without excessive pressures.
• Larger negative air chamber delivers supple initial stroke for ultimate small bump compliance
• Proprietary mid-stroke support valve provides support on par with a coil spring and reduces the required end-stroke ramp
• Compatible with volume spacers for end-stroke progression adjustment
|Learn more about the Secus here.
More compression damping can be achieved with…more compression damping, commonly completed by re-valving shims. It’s not something we offer for all forks at the moment, however contact us if this is something you need.