Moments of Brilliance As we tested and the miles piled up, the suspension showed some very distinct benefits. Contact an authorized dealer for more specific information on set up. Surely I could be fast like those factory boys if I only had their equipment. The rest is very similar to most modern forks. Yes, it is expensive, but if you are in the market for close-to-factory level suspension, it is considerably less money than the Showa A-kits that are for sale. If I were still planning to head out to the desert to race each week, I would probably find a way to make this fork and shock mine.
The secret was to get up to third gear, stand on the pegs and keep the rider weight balanced in the middle. When it comes to super technical trail, not much going to match the uber plush stock set up. Many times I have switched bikes with a rider nearly identical to me in speed and weight, only to find that I consider his suspension almost unrideable. For the most part, the bike seldom seems to do much. Typically I would describe specific actions of the fork or shock.
Much of Baja had just received some heavy rains and there were new ruts and washouts everywhere. When combined with the right valving setting, these many small improvements add up to a fork that delivers high confidence and high speeds. This design reduces turbulence and cavitation compared to a shim-controlled valve because the fluid does not encounter sharp edges or abrupt corners in the fluid flow path. In theory it should be as good as it gets. It's a great trail fork and when used as such, the forks very seldom need any major modification. Our specific set up was certainly aimed at a big rider in open desert, so it was stiff at low speed, particularly the fork.
The Action It would be fair to say that the harder and faster you push this suspension set up, the better it works. These forks require a special procedure on fork reassembly. We rode in the company of some pretty fast riders, so at times it was nearly full race pace. What is somewhat more difficult to explain is exactly how it works. I wish I had a better description, but it just works and with very little fuss. Note: Click on the images to enlarge.
Along with the extra weight feeling however I gained more front end traction through every corner especially flat corners. There are so many variables between riders and riding styles that it is hard to find one set up that fits all. Cone Valve and Trax products have also undergone design revisions that significantly alter their performance despite a similar outward appearance. Again, in terms of feel, there is less sense of movement. But then we stopped and one of my companions was complaining about how miserable it was.
When you think about it, the suspension is the most critical systems on your bike. For these reasons, Kreft Moto dyno tests Cone Valve and Trax products after the initial revalve and compares the results to a known baseline. Where the stock shock will blow through at the end of the stroke high speed compression the Trax shock holds up better and you are able to get more aggressive around the track. This will cause the suspension to wallow, feel harsh and unpredictable, and overall unstable. Instead of focusing on parts, it was the package the felt improved. You can feel the extra weight in the front end, but it wasn't a bad feeling I was just surprised I could feel in when entering corners. Get the spring rates correct and there is little more I typically need for most trail riding.
If I am going racing, I will be looking for some additional improvements to the stock set up. Having looked though the wormhole, it would be hard to go back. It lacks the initial plush feel, but tends to be more controlled through the rest of the stroke. This is where these components would really shine. The real advantage of this fork lies in it's simple, proven design executed with the highest quality materials, tight machining tolerance, and low-friction surface finishes. I also noticed a little more connectivity to the the rear wheel when hard on the gas on flat corners with the Trax shock.
Nope, it is word for word as it happened. For trail riding it becomes a more difficult call. For testing we logged over 40 hours of riding in Baja. I am able to jump in and out of bigger bumps think Marvin Musquin without having the fork rebound too quick. It is almost as if the suspension action is somehow removed from the bike. Contact us: 928-362-1486 E-mail: info motolabdirtbikes.
Pricing includes rider specific springs. With the Cone Valve fork I can lean in the corner and the fork stayed planted, which let my front end settle and bite. According to the manual, I am way overweight for all stock settings, yet I log hundreds of hours each year without making any changes on test bikes. This is due, in part, to small variations in the geometry of machined parts and assembly torques. It handles the big hits a bit better, but not perfect. The most notable change was to my wrists when over jumping or flat landing with the Cone Valve fork.