The Rocky has seen a bit of action on the Enduro series racing circuit lately, but it hasn’t been without the some tweaks
Having done a bit of Enduro racing lately, the tweaks needed have become obvious very quickly. The stock ’bars are 780mm and were too wide for local trail use. Some NS Bikes lowrise ’bars have been fitted. While looking great in all its fluoro they have been cut to 750mm. I know that is only 15mm each end, but it is a world of difference.
Taking advantage of the RIDE-9 suspension system, I have moved the chip into the slacker setting dropping the bottom bracket by 6mm and giving me a 67.4 degree head angle, slackening the head angle by 0.5 of a degree. That might not sound like much but it is making the bike more stable at speed and in corners.
The suspension set-up has been flawless so far with no complaints coming from the Fox 34 or the Fox Float X. As to the CTD settings, I
The suspension set-up
has been perfect so far with flawless running from the Fox 34 and Fox Float X
find myself always riding in the Descend mode unless there is a long road climb coming up where obviously your going to put it in Climb mode. I have played with minute amounts of pressure and rebound, as the fork was packing up descending trails at Thredbo.
The biggest issue I have had with the bike is tyre choice of all things. When it came to racing, it was downhill-specific 2.35s from Maxxis. For general trail riding I am now a massive fan of the Bontrager XR3 and XR4 range. These have been on a few weeks and are holding up well.
With about 3000km on the bike since new, a few things are on the way out. The drivetrain will need to be replaced soon, and we will include a wide narrow chainring, new 10-speed chain and cassette. When we do this we will get the back-end apart and take a look at the ABC bushings as well.
RIDE 9 SWITCH ALLOWS FOR SUBTLE, YET NOTICEABLE HANDLING CHANGES
YOU CAN GO TOO WIDE – NARROWER ’BARS HAVE HELPED HANDLING
FLOAT X ALLOWS CLIMBING EFFICIENCY AND DESCENDING PROWESS