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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111681

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Previous owner told me that the rear shock has an upgraded spring - which is good.

Forgot to tell me that the adjustment mechanism is fubar - which is bad.

Basically, the way I understand it, is that the bike is currently at its lowest setting (1?) and that, as you turn the pre-load adjuster knob clockwise, the spring is compressed and the pre-load is increased.

Problem is that when I get to the "5" mark the spring jumps back up and the setting returns to "1".

So, basically, the spring tension overcomes the adjustment mechanism and we are back to square 1.

How easy or difficult is this fix and what parts need to be replaced?
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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111682

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Just make sure that it is in fact fubar. The "jumping back to 1" is how the mechanism works and mine has been like that since (almost) new. I've lost the sticker indicating the level, but I think it has four "clicks" before it returns to setting "1".

The one just before the reset is (obviously) the highest preload setting.
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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111685

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What Piet said is correct.
It is supposed to "jump" back to 1 once you get to 5.
Let it jump to 1 then turn it little by little just so that it sticks at each mark, then count it off.
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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111687

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You guys are sharp, thank you very much.

That is exactly what it does. Also contacted the previous owner to ask his opinion on it and he confirmed what you guys said.
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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111702

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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111704

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Sharp, dankie :)
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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111736

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Also make sure that there is no load on the tension when you make the adjustment. Prop the bike up so that the rear wheel is off the ground. The adjuster is less likely to break when you do this
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Rear shock pre-load adjustment failure 2 months 3 weeks ago #111738

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Cyclops wrote:
Also make sure that there is no load on the tension when you make the adjustment. Prop the bike up so that the rear wheel is off the ground. The adjuster is less likely to break when you do this

Cool, will do thanks
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