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post #1 of 15 Old 11-17-2014, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Pulled the trigger on a DDC today.

Well boys and girls, I just placed my order for a complete Cogent DDC performance package. Carol did such a great job selling both herself and the product that I just said "do it". I don't know if I need the springs or not but I'm just not satisfied when I cut corners and "cheap out". So anyway my account is 300 bucks or so down but I've got what I need for my first winter project on my new-to-me wee.
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-18-2014, 07:32 AM
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-18-2014, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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This is going to be interesting, I just got the bike so its still pretty new to me, the front tire is pretty worn so I'm going to put on a new tire, I added a fork brace, and I probably won't be riding again for several months as its headed for the dead of winter here in Wisconsin. It will be an entirely new experience in March when I'm able to mount up. I'm sure hoping its a good one.
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post #4 of 15 Old 11-30-2014, 11:47 PM
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I did a suspension makeover on my 05 and it was well worth the money. You definitely need a new front spring. Changing the stock fork spring was probably my most bang for the buck mod. I went with Ricor Intiminator as Cogent didn't have the DDC at that time. I did get the Cogent rear shock though. It looks like its going to be another sucky winter here in WI. Came on way too early.
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Got it all together. Its unbelievable the shape of the gunk that comes out. Piece of cake. It went well. I'm bought the new springs from Cogent as recommended. They said to go with 80#, seems very light duty but we'll see. We had a great weekent, could have got out for a trial but I have the engine apart for a valve adjustment. This is not something to be taken lightly but its going well. I'll keep everyone posted when I do get out.
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The spring is probably rated at 0.80 kg/mm. That does seem light...what is your riding weight?

Did you set the sag? You want the suspension to drop about 40 mm from wheel off the ground to you sitting on the bike. A cable tie around the inner fork tube is a good tell tale for measuring.

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About 220#. I was pretty specific with Cogent on this manner. They claim the 80# is good up to 250# rider. and do fine tuning with the air gap. We'll see. I do not ride trail or two up so a soft ride will be fine but I don't want a lot of bounce or dive.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-01-2014, 04:27 PM
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I'm about the same weight as you and started with a .90 and dropped to a .85. I thought that was still a little stiff for the way I ride and probably would have settled on a .80 kg/mm.
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UPDATE. Spring has sprung, snow is gone and the Wee is out. A lot. I promised an update so here goes. After about 300 miles I can say the fork upgrade is a total success! The clunk is completely gone. I can't make it clunk no matter what sort of bumps or clatter I go over. The ride is smooth and controlled, exactly what I was hoping for. Dive is fine. It may be soft for off road riding but for road only use, its perfect. I set the sag and rear suspension. I can only report complete satisfaction. My concerns that the springs (80kg) were too soft are put to rest. The recommendation from Cogent works fine for me.
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I just put the same setup on my bike and I'm hoping for a similar result as you. Unfortunately it'll be at least another month before the ice and snow is gone. In the meantime I'm waiting on an Elka shock.

If the suspension improvement is good enough this bike will last me for years.

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