Depends on the frame progressivity, and if you're happy trading the extra tunability of air for the lower maintenance and different feel of coil.
Assuming the leverage rate of your frame will be OK with coil then try one out to see if you like it. I got a second hand dhx5 super cheap to test. It's not an instant winner, but different, and good to have ready to swap in when the air shock is being serviced.
As RAHrider said, 424. Same reason.
For the first test, I recommend some time on flat grass - practice coming to a complete stop, wait until you start to tip, then clip out. You will fall a few times, but you'll get a feel for fast release before you need it in real use.
(I was given and ignored this advice, my first clipped ride included toppling slowly sideways into a gorse bush).
Posted by: RAHrider
As you are not changing your STA I suspect the climbing might be alright.
Lowering the HA kicks out the fork, which slightly lowers the BB and steepens the STA.
It's not much, but a definite positive compared to over forking.
+1 for the works headsets, I have one in a hardtail and it's all for the better.
Kona Hardtail, saint cranks, mavic rims and a triple.
You're pushing the nostalgia button pretty hard there.
Posted by: xy9ine
i really like the combo of am7 / am9 on saint clipless. slightly softer sole with the added support of the larger platform is comfy & great for tech riding. the extended cleat channel in the shoe (in conjunction w/ the pedal shape) makes for a solid grippy interface if you get clipped out as well.
Yeah, that's what I thought it was going to be, but the sole is still too stiff to really make the most of the big platform. They are great with m530 / xt / etc but I want to actually use the pins in the pedal.
Anyone found a clipless shoe that's too soft in general? Could be ideal for the v-twin and similar offerings.
I've been a long time clipper, who's spent the last six months or so on flats (5.10 freerider / saint) and put the clips (Shimano AM9 / DMR v-twin) back on for my last ride...
I felt some super obvious up and downsides to the clips, and wonder if anyone has an idea of what shoe or pedal I could try to find the best compromise.
The freeriders are amazing for pedal feel, but too soft - any stiffer 5.10 should sort out the flat downside. But the AM9 is really dead feeling - like my feet are numb as soon as I put them on the pedal.
I fitted the full height 'traction plates' and the corner pins that reach the sole to the v-twins, with the release tension set full loose. Looking for the rubber - to - pin grip feel of flats, with the certainty of placement of clips. No dice, the connection still feels mechanical and vague. I can move the bike around and corner better in clips, but I'd really like to have that analogue feel of the flats...
Maybe a shoe with a softer shank? Or a deeper cleat pocket? Does anyone have a goldilocks combo with the feel I'm seeking?
Posted by: DemonMike
Posted by: coolatt
I'm leaning towards one of the many Spank rims or an MK3.
I can't see what the difference is between the Spank 345 and 350 other than 20 grams and $10
Anyone recommend a shop to get this built?
here,s a cross-section view of the Spank rims, The 350 is not as tall in height
Strange chart. The rim I'm using is the lightest there, and is rated for enduro, freeride and DH, but not trail.
Guess I'm doing it wrong.
The bead on the spike race 33 is the tightest I've seen, had to soap it and inflate to 50psi to get it to seat.
Not rolling off in a hurry though...
Not quite your stated spec, but I've been happy with my Spank Spike 33 Race rims.
26 (I'm sure 27.5 is available), 32h, 28mm internal.