A few weeks ago now, I got involved in an online discussion about fork valving modification. I proposed a shim stack change, which would theoretically reduce high speed compression damping for the fork involved, aiming to make it a bit more sensitive to small bumps.
What I actually proposed was a modification to the mid valve shim stack, which, well, was actually a really awful idea (very few people actually want less mid stroke support). Fortunately I was quickly corrected and took down all my posts on the topic.
So this is my confession. And what did I learn from the experience?
- read the manual
- read it again, properly this time
- test any modifications myself before recommending them to anyone
- let the real pros (eg Cyclinic, NS Dynamics, Vorsprung, TFT) do suspension valving changes
I’ll still service bouncy parts, but I’ll leave messing with valving to the experts.