Re: Rear Suspension Overhaul
OK, so I thought I would post some updates on this for others to reference.
Bought the Nitron NTR Race 3 way rear shock. Got one of the factory seconds direct from Nitron. I have to say, you would not notice the difference between mine and a shop bought one, there is a very small ding on the remote reservoir and a tiny scratch in the anodising, again on the remote reservoir! Well worth it for a 20% saving. Looks wise, this piece of kit is bike pornography, it is jewelry for a loved one, it is striking without being too blingy, it looks bang on!
I also got the KTech race springs and just rebuilt the forks with new seals and 10 weight oil and a damn good clean. Fork overhaul I found to be a doddle. I do have quite a lot of mechanical experience including hydraulics and pneumatics and have rebuild countless sets of mountain bike forks. A great tip if you dont have a fork seal driver is to check out Youtube video of DelBoys garage, fork rebuild.
The bike is totally transformed. I used to think it cornered on rails, and compared to anything else I had ridden, with the exception of a GSXR1000 K5, it did! But now, my God, you point it on a line and it sticks to it and begs to go tighter. I went for a 275 mile blast on lots of twisty's yesterday and was totally blown away. There is a very well known London circular road which I had to take and then drop onto a southerly motorway towards the coast, I took the long sweeping corner at warp speed on the outside, knee down all the way, and the bike kept saying "Faster, Tighter, Lower". I am loving this setup!
So, the Nitron is using the factory settings they dialed in based on the information I gave them (bike, rider weight, riding type/style) and it is spot on. The low speed compression is pliant and soaks up the slow movement giving much improved comfort, feedback and tyre contact. The high speed compression takes the bumps and doesn't fire you out of the seat and the rebound keeps the tyre in perfect contact at all times.
On the forks, I have them dropped 3mm through the top yolk, with 3 rings showing on the pre-load. The rebound and compression are currently both set midway but I think I will be tweaking these yet.
My friend asked me what the feedback was like. I said "It is so good, I could ride over some paper money in the road and tell you whether it was a £5, £10, £20 or £50 pound note!" OK, so it's not quite that good but I can feel surface changes, painted road markings, tiny stones,etc.
In short, I am extremely impressed with the Nitron and the fork overhaul was long overdue. The KTech springs stiffen perfectly without turning it into a rigid front end or a pogo stick.
Oh yes and as for the linkage. I did just grease it up and bolt it back together! There is no play now and no clunking noises. As for the rubbing between the dogbone and the side plates....Maybe think about that some more on another day! :-)
I will post some pictures shortly.