Push Industries Suspension Tuners



I have always had a problem setting up my suspension forks to feel the way I want them to feel. Following the manufacturers guides I would find the fork either too stiff or just right for the beginning and middle parts of the travel but would bottom out at the end. Rebound would be too fast or too slow. I could spend forever tinkering trying to get the right feel. Often, I have lost confidence on fast technical sections because of this.

I had some issues with a fork which needed some TLC after several races and training rides. So I had my LBS rebuild it. After the rebuild I could not get it to adjust the way it was before at all, so I took it back to the LBS. With the help of the LBS the fork went back to the manufacturer, which they seemed to have done a rebuild. Although they didn't provide any info on what was done, it seemed like the fork had been taken apart and rebuilt. Still, it seemed unresponsive. This is when I decided to look online for a better solution. My fork was only a year old, and it seemed I shouldn't have to replace it yet.

This is how I found Push Industries. Push Industries will do rebuilds of forks and shocks with the option of a full Push Factory rebuild. I opted for the full factory rebuild. What this does is replaces compression pistons and shims to create a fork response specific to my riding. See the video above for details.

Before I jumped in with the fork I was having issues with I sent in my backup fork which had been behaving as well as I could make it with no issues. I wanted to make sure that the Push improved my perception of the fork overall. After a very short turnaround (they are almost local to me, about 1 hour away from where I live), I got the fork back via FEDEX.

Here is what I got back. A Pushed fork, clean, looked like new. Along with it was the specification card that outlined how Push recommended I set up the fork, the positive and negative pressures, the dampener settings.

I immediately put the Pushed fork on the mountain bike and took it for a spin. I was immediately impressed! A lot of the high speed response had smoothed out considerably so the small little bumps almost completely disappeared. The are few places close to my house that I could do a full test but there are a couple small spots I knew of where if I went fast enough I could get the fork to fully compress. I went as hard as I could over these spots and was quite pleased with the progressive feel of the fork compressing. No sudden bottom outs. I was quite please, it felt like a new upgraded fork with response that was making me feel confident.

So I dropped the second one in the mail and got in back a few days later. I got to test this one out racing at the Palo Duro Canyon Marathon in Texas. An unexpected course and several creek bed crossings with G-outs at the bottom had me worried that I was going to fold a wheel, pop my fork, or break my back! However, my Pushed Reba X.X did an awesome job taking the edges off and helped me maintain confidence on a very fast and demanding course.

So if your fork or shock is due for servicing, consider checking out Push Industries, they have breathed new life into my suspension parts. I plan on using them for all my suspension work from here on out!

Check out www.thecyclenut.com for more posts from me about my experiences as an amateur mountain bike racer!

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