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April 11, 2019, 6:02 a.m. -  Andrew Major

Hi MBB, All comes down to air volumes. Trace 34 worked great for me; Trace 36 doesn’t work great for me - or at least doesn’t match my preference. HLR damper is a notable improvement over RL2. How much sag do you run normally? If you’re in the 25%+ range you’ll likely have a good experience with the 36 at your weight but I’d guess you’re on the cusp. Having a range of (cheap) negative spring rates could help. The Manitou IRT system isn’t for everyone, but with some faffing about I think any rider could find settings they love. Some riders (many riders) do not want two air valves. Anyways, to reiterate - the Trace 36 is one of the best values on the market with top end construction for its price but in its current form I think it’s optimized for lighter riders. Which is okay, most forks aren’t.

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