Bossman's Tech Tuesday
I get asked almost weekly
“That Coil Push Elevensix looks rad on your Zerode, I might go coil next paycheck”
Well we all love the sound of super plush suspension with supple sensitivity, 100hr service intervals and the old coil doesn’t fade on long descents like its feather weight brother the Air Shock.
But there are many things MTBer’s don’t take into consideration when looking for a coil shock upgrade. The biggest one: Is your bike designed for a coil shock?
The easiest way to determine if your bike is coil ready is to look at the Bikes Suspension leverage ratio. Basically Coils stroke through their travel linearly (so the shock will cycle through the entire stroke with no ramp up) Air Shocks are inheritably Progressive.
If your Frames leverage ratio is SUPER PROGRESSIVE (75-100%) – a coil shock is a really good upgrade.
If your Frames leverage ratio is PROGRESSIVE (20-75%) – a coil shock is a good upgrade.
If your Frames leverage ratio is SLIGHTLY PROGRESSIVE (10-20%) – a coil shock is an ok upgrade.
If your Frames leverage ratio is LINEAR (0-5%) stick with AIR
If your Frames leverage ratio is REGRESSIVE, stick with AIR
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