Doug Taylor wrote:
> "Jonathan Bond" <[email protected]
> wrote in message >
>>They didn't say anything about performance, but they did say it would be availible with them. He
>>said I could order one now, with the 5th element upgrade (110 bux), and it would ship as soon as
>>they got the shocks in.
>>I might just keep it with the fox AVA, it rode pretty nice with that. I'm getting a chance to ride
>>a medium one as soon as the trails are open. Its a bit small, but it will let me feel the
>>suspension action, since I know the large frame fits me already. That plus my ride on a rm element
>>SC will probably be the deciding factor. I am thinking of ordering one now tho, and if worst comes
>>to worst, like I said above, just sell it off. Make a few hundred bucks while I'm at it
> Found the article I was referring to, in Ask the Geek section of April issue of now sold out and
> defunct Mountain Bike. FWIW:
> "...the Progressive shock typically requires more sag than a conventional shock. And, unless a
> bike is specifically designed around the greater amount of sag, you'll screw up the geometry a bit
> from the stock set up, relaxing the the head and set angles and lowering the bottom bracket. I
> haven't been pleased with the handling on bikes I've retrofitted with the Progressive shock, even
> though the performance of the shock itself is quite good. And the kids at Progressive are
> reluctant to send stiffer springs to allow for less sag."
> Maybe clarify this with Santa Cruz before ordering; perhaps they now supply a stiffer spring.
> I'm thinking of an eventual upgrade to Progressive on my Superlight, as I've heard they work well
> on single pivot designs. I doubt I'd be able to detect the geometry change, if any, given that I'm
> not exactly a Princess and the Pea type rider.
The fifth element *air* shocks are the XC shocks, so the stiffer spring would be..... more air