After a rather simple installation, aside from the dreaded snap ring removal, we were up and running on our coil sprung 36 in under an hour. The spring Push sent us ended up working out perfectly after minimal tuning with the damper adjustments. When ordering our kit, Push asked for our rider weight, riding style and terrain to select the right spring.
We immediately noticed a change in the fork’s suppleness and off the top sensitivity. Compliance in chatter and small bump was not just good, it was insane. We’ve been on plenty of good forks this year, but you just cant argue with a well set up coil. On marbly, loose trails, it felt as if I’d activated some sort of cheat code. It’s amazing what a little extra front grip will do for your cornering confidence, and suddenly I felt like Danny Hart on that infamous muddy World Cup run. The ground tracing capabilities of this kit can’t be understated.
There’s always a trade off however. After this swap, the fork forgoes some if its tunability. I’ve gotten spoiled by the ability to add or take away air from the chamber depending on the gear I’m packing or the terrain I’m on. For example, I don’t normally ride with a pack on, but when we’re out shooting I’ll strap on a heavy bag with camera gear, adding 15 or 20 pounds to my rider weight. Normally I can compensate for that with a few extra PSI. With a coil sprung fork however, I’m stuck being under-sprung. The same was true for tech trails versus flow or jump trails. Normally I’ll add pressure on days when I’m hitting smooth park trails or going big, and take out pressure when I’m riding technical rocky terrain. With my now converted ACS3 36, I was stuck using the high and low speed compression adjustments to make those tweaks. It works, but being able to change spring rates with a couple PSI sure is handy. Of course you can always have a couple springs to change out, and the process is quick, but air is free– backup springs aren’t.