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Whichever hole you’d prefer. It’s up to you.

UPDATE 28/2/13 :: The recommendation about the progressive location (forward) by riders in Calderdale was before the CCDB was fitted to bikes, and we’ve since found that the huge air can on the CCDB doesn’t sit well with the rocker shape on the El Guapo. Happily CCDB’s are so tunable that you can acheieve exactly the same progression of the airspring with internal shims provided, and the damping circuitry allows for tuning to have exactly the same shock response in the lower rocker mount position. It is possible to run the CCDB in the more progressive position, but the body of the air shock will be marked with very close contact/rubbing on the rocker in certain positions.

Brant gave some interesting facts about the El Guapo design on shedfire.com, have a read:

Whichever hole you’d prefer. It’s up to you.

That’s right. The El Guapo design has a “rocker fix pivot” as Linkage calls it, that allows for you to select to have either a more linear or more progressive suspension action – but without affecting the overall travel of the bike.

The forward progressive position does raise the BB a few mm when it’s at rest, but the bike sags a bit further into its travel when you’re sat on it.
We’re all running around with our shocks in the progressive position and love the squish. If I was doing faster more “saddle up” XC work, then I could imagine the linear position would be better.

You can also tune the progression by shimming the aircan with rubber shims. But that’s harder than just swapping a rocker position.
Take care with the allen bolts as they are alloy. And of course, use a bit of loctite, or keep an eye on them, or they may drop out. Ed had that happen in France and we have to rob a bolt from a street electricity box thing.

So – ramp up, or linear. Choose your hole. Maybe we should colour code them. Pink and Brown?

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3 Responses

  • Moondogg says:

    That’s what she said.

  • Brajal says:

    Is this true?

    “…First I would like to briefly explain the original design goal of using two different rocker positions. The lower hole was designed to offer a more linear spring rate to compensate for the progressive nature of air sprung shocks. The upper hole placement was to create a more progressive spring rate because of the linear nature of a coil shock. Both rocker positions allow for 155mm of travel…- Jeff Titone Marketing Manager Titus Cycles”

    • vince says:

      Yes, this is true. The stroke of the shock is unchanged. Only the leverage ratio is changed, which equates to the different behaviors of the suspension travel.

      Vince @ Titus USA

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