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rear suspension questions - Heckler w/5th element

Discussion in 'The Shop' started by mtncycle, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. mtncycle

    mtncycle Chimp

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    I recently bought a used 2004 Santa Cruz Heckler w/a 5th element shock. First full susp. bike, so I don't know a lot about rear suspension. Bike is in great shape, but the spring on the 5th is rusted from garage storage. Wanted to replace the spring, but not sure what size I need as I can't read the numbers on the current spring, and it seems Progressive doesn't make mtb suspension anymore. Frame is an XL and I weigh around 215.

    Also thinking about just getting a whole new rear shock, so I'm open to any recommendations. I do a mix of trail riding, with some dirt jumping/slightly more aggressive riding on occasion.
     

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  2. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    If you're going to get a new rear shock, get a Marzocchi Roco TST.


    That said, your 5th is a pretty good shock, and the economical solution would be to just get a new spring. I can't help with what weight you need though. Does the seller remember what weight it is?
     
  3. w00dy

    w00dy In heaven there is no beer

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    You should be able to find a spring for that. If you tune the shock well you'll to get away with a 450 lb spring.
     
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    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    I have a 450x2.25 Marzocchi spring that I'm not doing anything with. I have to imagine that it fits, because I'm running a Progressive Ti spring on my Roco, and that fits well.
     
  5. mtncycle

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    thanks for the replies.

    I might be interested in giving the 'zocchi spring a try. Best I can make out, the current spring is 2.0 x ?00 (can't read the second no.). What effect would the 2.0 vs. 2.25 have?
     
  6. J_B

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    No experience with the Zocchi, although it sounds sweet, but my buddy just replaced his 5th element with a DHX 5.0 and was telling me that his '04 Heckler rode a whole lot better.....