FINE-TUN­ING

The Rocky has seen a bit of ac­tion on the En­duro se­ries rac­ing cir­cuit lately, but it hasn’t been with­out the some tweaks

Australian Mountain Bike - - Long Term Tested Rocky Mountain Altitude - TEST Ja­son Dreggs PHO­TOS Tim Bardlsey-Smith

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

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