First susp. fork, new bike, new problems.

First susp. fork, new bike, new problems.

Post by Jan Sachar » Thu, 10 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Well, I finally went out and paid for it. I'm now the proud owner of a
brand new '97 Trek 9700. With my new Crosslands, the bike is pretty
dreamy.
Except for the fork. It came with an Indy SL. I wanted the Marzocchi
Z2 Bam (and had a good deal on it), but it was $500C more. I couldn't
afford it. So, here's the problem. I've been riding rigid all this
time, and frankly, this fork is just pissing me off. The loss of
control, the bobbing, and the *massive* dive when I brake isn't worth
the damping that I got. I especially hate it when I'm decending. It
always feels like I'm about to endo. Steering while decending? Forget
it.
So, here's the question. How do I fix it? I've ordered in some stiffer
springs for the fork, but is there anything else that I can do? Don't
say, 'get a different fork'. Not only is that obvious, but it's also
useless. :)

Thanks,

Jan Sacharuk

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Post by Rick Brusuela » Thu, 10 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Well, I finally went out and paid for it. I'm now the proud owner of a
> brand new '97 Trek 9700. With my new Crosslands, the bike is pretty
> dreamy.
> Except for the fork. It came with an Indy SL.

The Indy is unfortunately a pretty schlocky fork.  Since "replace"
is not an option, how about, "turn it into the fork Rock Shox
should have produced" by buying a Dirt Works Otis upgrade kit,
which consists of a spring and oil cartridge that replaces
the Indy's spring/elastomer stack.  If your local bike shop(s)
don't carry them, try Bike World (www.bikeworld.com).
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Post by Dan and Adrienne Garci » Thu, 10 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> <snip>
> Except for the fork. It came with an Indy SL.

The Indy SL isn't a bad fork, especially when compared to a Mag-21 or
something like that. I raced expert in NorCal with one all last year and
even managed to win a race or two. Riding with any suspension fork takes
a lot getting used to. So the biggest upgrade that you could use right
now is to update your riding style. You especially want to get farther
back behind the saddle on drops and stuff, since the compression of the
fork will want to send you over the bars. Then again, maybe with the
terrain you have you'd just be better off with a rigid fork. They're
still legal, i think. -Dan
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Post by Eugen » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

What do you guys think of getting a used '97 Indy SL to replace a '98 Indy
S? How much would you think a reasonable price is?


Quote:

>> <snip>
>> Except for the fork. It came with an Indy SL.

>The Indy SL isn't a bad fork, especially when compared to a Mag-21 or
>something like that. I raced expert in NorCal with one all last year and
>even managed to win a race or two. Riding with any suspension fork takes
>a lot getting used to. So the biggest upgrade that you could use right
>now is to update your riding style. You especially want to get farther
>back behind the saddle on drops and stuff, since the compression of the
>fork will want to send you over the bars. Then again, maybe with the
>terrain you have you'd just be better off with a rigid fork. They're
>still legal, i think. -Dan
>--
>Carmichael, CA USA

>http://www.geocities.com/pipeline/5333

 
 
 

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Post by Dan and Adrienne Garci » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> What do you guys think of getting a used '97 Indy SL to replace a '98 Indy
> S? How much would you think a reasonable price is?

It will be a marginal improvement. The sl is lighter and has a nicer
spring system (metal coil with MCU), so the fork action will be better.
I will sell you mine, which has brand new lowers and bushings, for $75.
-Dan
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Post by Eugen » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Hmmmm... Thanks, but it probably wouldn't work out, since I'm across the
border in Toronto and shipping would be a big hassle. (I wouldn't know how
to properly install the thing either, but I'm sure I could figure it out.)

Quote:
>From the advice I've been given, I think I'll wait until I have some real

money and get a better one, unless the guy here wants to sell the SL fork
for CDN$125.

Thanks for the help people.


Quote:

>> What do you guys think of getting a used '97 Indy SL to replace a '98
Indy
>> S? How much would you think a reasonable price is?

>It will be a marginal improvement. The sl is lighter and has a nicer
>spring system (metal coil with MCU), so the fork action will be better.
>I will sell you mine, which has brand new lowers and bushings, for $75.
>-Dan
>--
>Carmichael, CA USA

>http://www.geocities.com/pipeline/5333

 
 
 

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Post by Robert Indec » Sun, 20 Sep 1998 04:00:00

I can't help you on changing the fork but I have to say that I find it odd
to be hearing so many stories about how bad the Indy SL is. I was thinking
of buyong one until listening to a few stories like these. I have a bike
with an Indy S fork, which I think is fantastic. It feels great all the
time. My only gripe is the fact that it has only 48mm of travel, which I am
sorry to say isn't enough in some places.
    I did happen to ride one ike with an indy SL, and I wasn't pleased. It
was sticky, had little rebound, and was very loose.
Anyway,  sorry agin, & so long.

David

Quote:

>Well, I finally went out and paid for it. I'm now the proud owner of a
>brand new '97 Trek 9700. With my new Crosslands, the bike is pretty
>dreamy.
>Except for the fork. It came with an Indy SL. I wanted the Marzocchi
>Z2 Bam (and had a good deal on it), but it was $500C more. I couldn't
>afford it. So, here's the problem. I've been riding rigid all this
>time, and frankly, this fork is just pissing me off. The loss of
>control, the bobbing, and the *massive* dive when I brake isn't worth
>the damping that I got. I especially hate it when I'm decending. It
>always feels like I'm about to endo. Steering while decending? Forget
>it.
>So, here's the question. How do I fix it? I've ordered in some stiffer
>springs for the fork, but is there anything else that I can do? Don't
>say, 'get a different fork'. Not only is that obvious, but it's also
>useless. :)

>Thanks,

>Jan Sacharuk

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