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January 9th, 2017, 08:55 AM   #1
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I Ride: HB 570 FE
570 and my lowering excersice for ice riding.

This thread is to explain my experience from lowering my 2009 570 for ice riding, or any relatively high speed sliding activity (compared to trails riding, that is).

I do one or more winter projects just to have some fun, this year I focused on lowering my 570 as its a dedicated track bike for ice and gravel races. Most of the bikes attending these type of races are lowered to some extent, and I thought Id try doing that to my bike as well.

In the gravel series a friend of mine bought a new bike for the last race and told me I could try his old bike out that was lowered quite a bit. It felt well planted and stable in a completely new (to me) way, gave massive confidence riding it.

So to the berg, all I needed help with was fabricating a longer nylon distance to keep the fork down 70mm and cutting the spring to fit and make it flat at the end, to retain spring preload. Fork is easy to figure out the distance as its 1:1, for the rear it was more complicated for me, I let the rear alone until the forks arrived and then just unwound the the rear spring tension until I got what I wanted, then measured the spring length diff and made a distance equal to that. Method worked fine.

There is another thread I started regarding if you will need changing triple clamp offset for this, the answer is NO!

Ive just had a few rides on the bike since the change, and its very different. Obvious is that its closer to the ice, but its just positive.
Braking stability/feel is the one that I had no idea would improve this much, absolutely stellar. General stability in corners is much improved as well. Bike wont move around anywhere near as much as before.

Quite like it
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January 9th, 2017, 06:04 PM   #2
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I Ride: CBR250 MC22, Aprilia RSV 1000, KTM 505 Snowbike/supermoto
I did something similar to my KTM 505 to run in supermoto. Added grip sure puts some serious load on the suspension, reducing height and making suspension firm helped a lot.
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January 15th, 2017, 07:06 AM   #3
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Set the rear sag to normal and now it turns brilliantly! No less stable it just does what you want when leaned over. Rode against the same guys and I could outdo them right away now, like stealing candy from kids This will be the setup!
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January 15th, 2017, 09:41 AM   #4
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So the arse is normal height and only forks lowered?
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January 16th, 2017, 01:47 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by jon andersson View Post
So the arse is normal height and only forks lowered?
Rear is lowered 38mm, first time I tried the bike it was 58mm lower rear with too much static sag, just didnt know where to begin...38 was a lot better.
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