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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by metalMTB, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. metalMTB

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    Does anyone have any experience running the demo 8 in the steeper head angle position? How does it feel for racing? Any better than the original position? Also I wanted the back to be a little easier to whip around up front so I was wondering if I could move the 3 spacers to above my stem. Am I not supposed to do this because the forks stanchions would stick up an inch above the upper clamp? I included a picture. Thanks for your help guys!


     

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  2. Bicyclist

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    I would run it in the steep postion for HA. My buddy has one and runs it there, and likes it better than the slack postition.
     
  3. S.K.C.

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    I've been racing my Demo 8 since the beginning of the season, and for the first 3 months I had it in the steeper 67deg. H.A. postition.

    After that, I decided I wanted a little bit more stability at speed (especially for the Finals at Mt. Snow) so I put it back to it's stock lower position (66deg. H.A.)

    I have to say that the bike felt more stable in the 66deg. position. I run an 05' 888RC up front w/ the Go-Ride Lowrider Crowns, so the front end crown set-up is similar to your DH40.

    In the taller (upper shockmount position) it definitely increased steering response, but made the bike feel a bit twitchy in high speed corners on DH runs and courses.

    For now I have it in the 66deg. position and love it. It's all rider preference. If you are riding some really slow, technical stuff with super tight corners, than the upper position would be best suited to that. For fast courses with fast corners, go with the steeper H.A.

    Hope this helps... :D
     
  4. metalMTB

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    thanks for the input. so what about the spacers? Can i put those on top and slide my upper crown down or is that a no-no?
     
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    As long as the crown doesn't hit the toptube or the fork tops hit the underside of the bars then keep moving the spacers to the top.
     
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  7. metalMTB

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    well my goal for lowering my bar height was just so i can get my body over the front a little better so i can maneuver my bike easier / whip it around easier.
     
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    if you want to lower the bars just flip the stem. its a riser and should fit the other way.
     
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    The stem has a weird faceplate that's not really designed to be flipped.
     
  10. metalMTB

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    yea i don't want to flip my stem
     
  11. metalMTB

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    i took 2 spacers and put them above

    the bike feels like its a little easier to handle now, awesome, i might even bring up the last spacer. Now if I could get my damn chain guide to stop clicking every single rotation. (blackspire ds-1) anyone else have this issue?
     
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    The shop you bought it from probably didn't set it up right.
     
  13. metalMTB

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    What? There isn't a set up issue.... I just wanted to lower my bar heighth. Anyways, I am the shop...