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#1 axulsuv

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 11:47 PM

Just wondering if any of you folks across the pond (besides Steve Saunders) have used the new to the market Maxton trials shocks ?
I've heard that they are the best out there , bar none ... Just wondering if anyone has any experience with them ?
Thanks for any info , and I know they are not cheap buy any measure !
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:11 AM

well in the worlds best p65 trials club i havent seen a pair in use.. (i suppose for the sake of the PC sensitivitys i should say 'probably' but if your local you know probably doesnt come into it..)

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 05:57 PM

I don't know of anyone who has used them yet. One of our local riders has a pair on order for his SWM and should be getting them soon. There should be a report on his blog as soon as he's tried them

http://www.classicrider444.com/

You're right, they aren't cheap, between 450 - 480 I've been told. Whether they are that much better than anything else for the extra cost is going to be personal opnion I guess.

They also do front fork inserts, around 500, which is roughly the same as the Spanish HKS system used on the Puma bikes. That works well as I've tried some Puma bikes with it fitted but again, don't know anyone who has tried the Maxton fork conversion.

Maxton are well renowned in the road/race bike scene but new to trials, but there aren't going to be many willing to pay those prices I don't think - two reasons why they haven't been seen in use yet.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:50 PM

Still not arrived yet - the ordering process was pretty good with a detailed list of measurements and weights required that give confidence in the level of customisation that will go into the shocks.

The price is quite high (390+vat) but only a similar price to Ohlins and Magicals that are becoming more popular on classic and two shock bikes and are not necessarily custom made.

The delivery was supposed to be 2-3 weeks and we are now 3 weeks plus 3 days so I hope that they are not as tardy as many other companies that over promise and under deliver on delivery timescales.

I will update my website and drop a note on here when I get them and have a chance to ride the bike (hopefully this weekend)

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:21 PM

Still not arrived yet - the ordering process was pretty good with a detailed list of measurements and weights required that give confidence in the level of customisation that will go into the shocks.

The price is quite high (390+vat) but only a similar price to Ohlins and Magicals that are becoming more popular on classic and two shock bikes and are not necessarily custom made.

The delivery was supposed to be 2-3 weeks and we are now 3 weeks plus 3 days so I hope that they are not as tardy as many other companies that over promise and under deliver on delivery timescales.

I will update my website and drop a note on here when I get them and have a chance to ride the bike (hopefully this weekend)

Dave

Looking forward to hearing how they perform Dave. Great seeing you at our little trial recently. That SWM is georgeous by the way. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH i'm sooooooo jealous :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 09:17 PM

Thanks OTF - appreciate the mention in TMX too!

Had an email from Maxton today to say they will be with me by the weekend so hope to ride at the Stourbridge trial on Saturday and will report on performance afterwards.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 02:13 PM

Got my shocks yesterday - very nice indeed!

I have done a quick update on the experience here
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 06:34 PM

Are you going to enter against standard twin shock/fork bikes in trials ?
Or as a special ?
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 07:48 PM

Are you going to enter against standard twin shock/fork bikes in trials ?
Or as a special ?


I ride in the standard twin shock class - there is no such thing as a twin shock special class as far as I know.

The key rules for twin shock trials is that the bike has to have been manufactured as a twin shock, have drum brakes and (i think) be air cooled - all of which my SWM meets the criteria for.

My forks are 38mm, the same size as on the later SWM Jumbo and has twin rear shocks - the rear shocks are just the same as those used by Steve Saunders to win the pre65 Scottish this year - both within the rules for twin shock trials and the same as many riders are using on their twin shock bikes down here. The wheels, engine etc are all standard SWM stock, the frame has been modified but is mainly an 81 SWM frame.

Athough it looks quite different I can assure you that it is far less radical than most of the Fantics being ridden with air-cooled mono engines and forks and modified frames or yamaha mono based twin shocks.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:10 PM

Have you tried Rockshocks ?

Would be interested in a comparison with your new Maxton's once they have bedded in and you can form an opinion.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:54 PM

Hi Guys,

I popped along to a local Stourbridge club trial on saturday to give the shocks a try.

The trial was pretty easy but there was some opportunity to practice on some decent sized steps and roots and I am really pleased with the results so far.

They are set up quite stiff but then I am around 17st in my riding gear and they have been set up for me so that is to be expected and was a little odd after riding shocks that have been too soft for some time.

What was noticeable was the supple performance on the small bumps and little roots followed by a progressive damping performance that soaked up much bigger hits, especially when hit at speed.

The other aspect that was impressive was the adjust-ability of the rebound damping. I normally like to set my rebound quite quick but found that with a correct spring weight I could slow the rebound down and still easily move the back end of the bike whilst having it more noticeably track the contour of the ground which should improve grip when the going gets a bit more slippery in the winter.

It is early days but so far so good!

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:34 PM

:thumbup: Thanks for the report and info ! Keep up with the details
Thanks again ,
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 05:57 PM

Any thoughts yet ?
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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:36 PM

Hate to drag up a old thread ... But how are the maxtons working and what do we think about rock shocks ? I may be in the market for some new suspenders soon !!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks,
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:01 PM

Hate to drag up a old thread ... But how are the maxtons working and what do we think about rock shocks ? I may be in the market for some new suspenders soon !!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks,
Glenn


Hi Glen,

I rode the last half of the season on the Maxton shocks and I have found them to work very well indeed.

There has been a noticeable improvement in grip and they work flawlessly on the bigger hits that the previous Betors and Rock Shocks struggled with.

If I had any comment then I would like them to be a little more supple at the start of the stroke (on the very small bumps) but a dual rate spring would take care of that I'm sure. The thing is, I am on the large side and I am happy to lose a bit at the start of the stroke to achieve good results under more load.

The quality of manufacture is fantastic and I would recommend them if you were considering a purchase (similar money to Ohlins and Maxtons at 390+vat but custom built for you and your bike to measurements provided and set up on a shock dyno.)

Hope that helps

Dave




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