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Recommended Elka Stage 5 shock setup for Knolly Chilcotin?

July 1, 2019, 2:01 a.m.
Posts: 367
Joined: Feb. 7, 2005

Hello NSMBers,

I'm wondering if you could help me set up Elka shock on my Knolly Chilcotin 2013 bike.

I recently got some couple year old but regularly serviced and maintained Elka Stage 5 coil shock. Cannot get it set up right though despite following shock manual recommendations (start with Rebound in middle of possible clicks, start with LSC in middle and HSC at minimum). Have been playing with settings for couple clicks on each setting and combination but the output is not satisfatory.

Ride is harsh, bike seems bouncy and springy and underdamped, I like plush ride but no setting I tried got the right feel. Rear suspension does not seem to follow the terrain and absorb roots and rocks I'd like to but at the same time feels overactive (too much spring feel and too little shock damping). If I increase rebound by couple clicks it gets worse. When inreased HSC the ride is more quiet but feels dead at the same time.

On flowy trails there is no problem, shock absorbs impacts as it should, traction is there, but once I get to the real trails or alpine trails, the shock feels not right.

I weight about 73kg bare, I have proper (think) shock spring 450lbs which give me 25% SAG when standing on the bike just with shoes, up to almost 30% with fully loaded backpack I ride mountains or bikeparks with. Shock was serviced this winter by previous owner.

Wondering if anyone at used Elka Stage 5 shock on Chilcotin or other Knolly enduro bike and have some setting recommendations?

Much obliged



 Last edited by: yoonior on July 1, 2019, 2:02 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
July 2, 2019, 11:49 a.m.
Posts: 1102
Joined: March 18, 2017

I believe MRP bought the Mtn bike line of Elka. Maybe try contacting them for tips.

July 2, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Posts: 367
Joined: Feb. 7, 2005

Main tech support at Elka is on holidays so will get my answer delayed I suppose. 

Funny thing is Knolly support responded quite immediately, kudos. we just don’t see those shocks here. I have been riding for 30 years and I have never seen one in person. __If the rear does not feel like it has traction there is definitely some tuning needed on the shock.  

They actually may be right as I learned from the other site Elka manufacured shocks based on specific model/maker and gave their shocks custom tune. 

Anyway, I changed shock back to BOS Vip'R which performance is outstanding, just added two volume tokens to increase bottom out resistance.

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