Sharkskinz on first gen

Ulrich Wiedmann uw_micapeak at
Wed Jul 11 09:24:11 PDT 2007

Another option would be to unscrew the top caps of your forks (definitely
should work for the stock forks, not sure if this works as well for
upside-down forks).

Just be sure to support the weight of the front while you're doing this (one
person lifting up on a handlebar is enough to support the weight), or
suspension parts will pop out all over the place.

Once both sides are unscrewed, you can just gently let the bike down to its
fully compressed position. There are some suspension parts that you'll have
to catch during this process - the preload spacers and some washers.

A piece of plywood pressed against the contact patches then held up at an
angle might let you simulate lean angle, but you'd probably want the rear
compressed too to accurately measure clearance.

On 7/11/07, Erik Weber <yoober at> wrote:
> Hey thanks for the ideas.
> Erik
> On 7/11/07, Henrik Bo Pedersen <henrikbp at> wrote:
> > An old landspeed and drag racing trick is to use tie-down straps to
> compress
> > the front suspension.
> >
> > If you have a hollow axle, a piece of rebar through the axle and two
> > tie-downs between top triple and rebar may do it for you.
> >
> > If the axle is solid, you can probably rig something similar; How about
> a
> > lift table with a wheel clamp or a trailer with a wheel chuck - strap
> the
> > bike down and do your measurements. Of course you wouldn't be able to
> lean
> > the bike over to check lean-over clearance, but you may be able to
> > approximate with a long level or straight-edge.
> >
> > Henrik
> >
> >
> >
> > > I need to figure out some way to tie the
> > > front end down or something to simulate the forks being fully
> > > compressed.
> >
> >

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