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Thoughts on DHX Air 5-0

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by konarider98, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. konarider98

    konarider98 Chimp

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    I am going to get a dhx air 5.0 for my 2002 balfa BB7 over the winter. i was just wondering what any body thinks of this shock( any people try one?) i ride lift access mountians all summer almost every and all weekends and i am hopeing to get to do lots of racing this uppcoming season. i am only 130 pounds give or take. i am loving the weight but wil it hold out?
     

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    SXtrailrider Turbo Monkey

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    yes you due loose weight but if your not hucking off 15+ things on a downhill race then you should be fine
     
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    i ment strength srry
     
  4. zmtber

    zmtber Turbo Monkey

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    yes these shoxs are sick, i have been riding one from the start of summer and i promise you that if you are dh racing or trail riding this shock will feel better and perform better then any coil shock. As a plus you get a lot of tunability such as bottom out
     
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    super reliable, takes the hits, really plush, just doesn't ramp up at all, very linear. I bottomed it out wayyyy more than any shock should, and i'm pretty smooth and i wasn't hitting big stuff. Yes i had the volume adjust all the way in, i'm not that stupid.
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    If you aren't gunna be looking to do realy big dops daily and have the cash there is no reason not to get the dhx air it's completly bad-ass
     
  7. Benton

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    I've only ridden 1 FS bike, and the DHX air was the second shock I've put on it. Given that caveat it blows me away. Straight out of the box it feels much more responsive, linear, and smooth than my Vanilla RC. The propedal can be made really un-noticeable which is nice. The shock feels plush all the time. But, I've only taken it on 4 rides with small 3-4' drops, so I can't really speak to the reliability of it.
     
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    ...Not really intendeed for DH Racing. All the pro's sponsored by Fox that tried were not using them for the most part this season. They were heating up too much and you know what happens to air when it heats up too much, it expands. Riders were losing travel.
     
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    How does the air shock respond to big hits ??? Anyone ?
     
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    It responds to big hits well if you have it set up that way. You need to run 200psi in the boost valve and have the bottom out all the way in if that's what you're looking to do.
     
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    You're going to lose some travel running a DHX Air on a 02 BB7. That frame is supposed to run a 8.75x2.75 shock to get 9" of travel. I think the DHX Air only comes in 8.75x2.5....about 8.1" of travel.
     
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    yea i find it has really good damping and is sweet for big hits, but as said above its unreliable for dh racing i find it heats up a fair bit but i didnt find it got hot to the point where i was loosing travel or it was messing with my rebound and such
     
  13. konarider98

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    Wrong, The BB7's had the full 9" in late 03 and up mine has the old 7.6 inches from a 7.875 x 2.35 not a 8.75x2.75. now i am planing to get a 8.5x2.5 to boost my travel but first i will be smart to thughrly test the shock fit and cycle it throughm the travel( this is with a same size shock of a bike we have in stock at my shop)


    And thanks for all your input now im going to make the rite chocie on my new shock. i also find it a little hard to belive it heating up enough to make it loose travel, if it comes to it ill put a Heatsink on it:D
     
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    long down hill runs will heat up the air, air gets warmer as it gets compressed, when air heats up it expands, increasing the pressure in the shock, there by increasing the spring rate. long rough dh runs will heat up a shock but smoother trails will not be a problem.
     
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    hmm I think that's stretching it quite a bit....they feel pretty good but you can still tell you're riding an air shock...D
     
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    I bounced around on one, and it really felt better than I expected. It's really close to feeling as good as the coilover version, plus the loss in weight is helpful. The thermal expansion seems like it could be a dealbreaker for DH racing, though.
     
  17. ChrisRobin

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    Nope, I'm right.

    a) The 02's had the downtube extending from the headtube to the bottombracket (9" travel BB7). The pre-02 had the downtube only halfway...that was the 7" travel BB7.

    b) I had the 03. The difference between the two was the 03 had the 3 mounting holes for the floating brake assembly on the seat tube and a mounting hole near the non-drive dropout.... the 02 did not have this.

    c) And some additional confirmation:
    http://www.avalanchedownhillracing.com/application.html
    Check the BB7...02-03: 8.75x2.75...which means 9" travel.

    Sorry to burst your bubble but you must have an 01 or something. BTW, your idea of fitting a shock that much longer probably won't work.