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Old 09-20-2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Question for those with ESA

Guys i just got my bike a couple of weeks ago and i have been fiddling around with the ESA. I think i have it pretty well managed when it comes to paved roads since i have been using these settings depending on road type.

1-City streets (A bit bumpy): Comfort to absorb all the shock
2-Highway: Normal since i don't want my ass to hurt but don't want the shock to soft in case of an emergency fast maneuver.
3-Sprited canyon carving: Sport

Now my main question is how should i be using ESA off road? I devised a questionnaire for you guys to see what you are using when off pavement. My first reaction would be to use comfort since its softer and it would absorb more shock but then i thought that if the suspension is too soft i could be using the shock to its maximum capacity.

What setting are you using when off the pavement?

1-Gravel roads:

2-Muddy trails:

3-Sand:

4-Rocky bumpy stuff:
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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I started off using the comfort setting for general off-road purposes, but am starting to find the sport setting a bit more practical. I'm about 205lbs loaded up.
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:21 AM   #3
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Eh? ESA Setting

I have to say I don`t really feel the difference between the 3 settings: Comfort, Normal, Sport. Must admit that I did not really pay attention to it either... Worth having a closer look I guess.

Off road I put it on Sport on all surfaces.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:10 AM   #4
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Sport! I'm 154lbs.

usually between sport and comfy, but sport seems to be the most fun. if it's slow going city traffic, sure comfy, but for all else, sport.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:22 AM   #5
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Old 09-21-2014, 03:01 PM   #6
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Sport all of the time. Didn't really want ESA, but wanted ASC, had to get both options in order to get my bike in short order. :)
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Old Yesterday, 07:53 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by pcasso87 View Post
Guys i just got my bike a couple of weeks ago and i have been fiddling around with the ESA. I think i have it pretty well managed when it comes to paved roads since i have been using these settings depending on road type.

1-City streets (A bit bumpy): Comfort to absorb all the shock
2-Highway: Normal since i don't want my ass to hurt but don't want the shock to soft in case of an emergency fast maneuver.
3-Sprited canyon carving: Sport

Now my main question is how should i be using ESA off road? I devised a questionnaire for you guys to see what you are using when off pavement. My first reaction would be to use comfort since its softer and it would absorb more shock but then i thought that if the suspension is too soft i could be using the shock to its maximum capacity.

What setting are you using when off the pavement?

1-Gravel roads:

2-Muddy trails:

3-Sand:

4-Rocky bumpy stuff:

I use Comfort on the highway and street riding in general. Then Sport when off road. Its effect is most noticeable for me on the highway where there are cracks. The Comfort mode seems to significantly smooth them out.

BUT, I am eventually going to upgrade the shock and loose the ESA completely.
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Old Yesterday, 08:31 AM   #8
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Interesting... What are implications for going with a non-ESA shock?
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Old Yesterday, 10:23 AM   #9
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I updated my ESA rear shock with Wilbers inner stuff and couldn't be happier. Now I can actually feel the difference between the different modes, as comfort is now really plush and sport is really stiff.
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I updated my ESA rear shock with Wilbers inner stuff and couldn't be happier. Now I can actually feel the difference between the different modes, as comfort is now really plush and sport is really stiff.
Can you provide a link, please?
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Old Yesterday, 01:07 PM   #11
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Can you provide a link, please?
Well, as a Finn, I contacted the Finnish distributor of Wilbers shocks, who gave me an offer on the parts+work. I approved it and then they ordered the parts from Germany and when they had arrived, I took the shock off, send it to them, got it back in three days and Bob was my uncle.

Basically I now have a Frankenshock in my bike as some parts of the original shock were re-used (eg. the ESA adjusting unit) and some parts came from Germany from Wilbers. Also my friend, who rides a KTM, likes it now as the spring is orange

Total costs were somewhat 550 Eur.

If you need part number or anything, more info here.
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Old Yesterday, 01:21 PM   #12
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Thanks for your response!
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