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I've ordered a pump/gauge that will let me quickly and easily (may be subjective) add or release pressure from the rear shock as needed. For my weight, riding solo I'll need it around 30 or 31 PSI, and if I add the wife I'll need to go right to the max of 72 PSI. Two questions:

1) Would I be better off actually changing the air pressure each time, leaving it at the higher pressure regardless of if it's just me or the both of us, or finding some middle ground and leaving it there?

2) Should I really go all the way up to the max of 72 PSI or keep it lower, around 70, to be on the safe side? The book seems to be pretty adamant about not going over 72.

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Hmmm , I run 25 LBS in mine for 2 up and 15 LBS solo ... I ride solo much more then 2 up , sometimes I don't even bother to bump up the pressure . I weigh 205 .

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I ride 2-up most of the time.
Run between 30-35.
On long trips fully loaded its bumped up to 45.
Might need to experiment a little to see what suits you best.
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I've ordered a pump/gauge that will let me quickly and easily (may be subjective) add or release pressure from the rear shock as needed. For my weight, riding solo I'll need it around 30 or 31 PSI, and if I add the wife I'll need to go right to the max of 72 PSI. Two questions:

1) Would I be better off actually changing the air pressure each time, leaving it at the higher pressure regardless of if it's just me or the both of us, or finding some middle ground and leaving it there?

2) Should I really go all the way up to the max of 72 PSI or keep it lower, around 70, to be on the safe side? The book seems to be pretty adamant about not going over 72.

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Well, I have an XCT, not a Vision, and I don't really know squat about the Vision suspensions.

That said, the figures seem to be what the owner's manual say for the Cross bikes.

And THAT said, I don't go by them. I usually ride 30 - 35 PSI for me, and do most of my riding solo. And I'm 200+ pounds. If my wife gets on, and it's not a multi-day trip, I usually leave the shock at that. If we're going for a significant trip, however, I'll pump it up to around 40.

We've tried higher pressures, two-up, and 50, for example, is just too harsh, is our experience. I'm not saying that we never bottom out at, say, 40 PSI, but it's very rare. The tradeoff with higher pressures is just riding all the rest of the time with too much jarring.

Exec summary: IMHO if you leave the shock set at 72, either solo or two-up, I think you'll find it too harsh (unless you're doing a two-up track day). I think you should experiment with much lower pressures.

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I ride 2-up most of the time.
Run between 30-35.
On long trips fully loaded its bumped up to 45.
Might need to experiment a little to see what suits you best.
Good luck.
What is there, an echo in here? You beat me to it, because I was, as usual, wordier, and so was typing while you were posting.

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I run what the factory recommends......figure they have a little more R & D invested than I.


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I run what the factory recommends......figure they have a little more R & D invested than I.

Same here, about 10psi solo and 35psi 2 two up

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me or me and girlfriend 40 psi. The only time I bump it up is were loaded in a trip. were around 340
Some days when its 40 or 50 degrees out the ride is stiff on some choppy roads but make a turn on to different road and the ride changes

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I follow the weight tables in the saddle bag and or book. Seems to my feel if its not set high enough for the weight the rear gets a little squishy for lack of a better term like the rear tire is low on air and not very stable.

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What is there, an echo in here? You beat me to it, because I was, as usual, wordier, and so was typing while you were posting.
Bill , you going to put up with that ????

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