Strive | Quick Start Guide
Congratulations on your new Strive! In a few simple steps, this article explains how set up your bike before the first ride, and how to use the Shapeshifter system to change the Strive’s riding characteristics with the click of a button.
1. Before your ride: Setting up your Strive
Before your first ride, you need to set the air pressure in the Shapeshifter gas spring and your shocks – for a good initial setup, pump them up to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure by following the steps in this guide. Afterwards, you can fine-tune the pressure to dial in your ideal setup.
|Up to 50 kg||120 psi||105 psi|
|50 - 60kg||120 - 145 psi||105 - 125 psi|
|60 - 70 kg||145 - 170 psi||125 - 145 psi|
|70 - 80 kg||170 - 195 psi||145 - 165 psi|
|80 - 90 kg||195 - 220 psi||165 - 185 psi|
|90 - 100 kg||220 - 245 psi||185 - 205 psi|
|From 100 kg||245+ psi||205+ psi|
|Maximum allowed pressure||350 psi||325 psi|
1Complete rider weight with clothing and accessories but without bike.
Before pumping the Shapeshifter, switch to Pedal (XC) mode using the instructions in part 2.
You can find the required pressure on the fork itself.
2. During your ride: Using the Shapeshifter
This chapter will explain to you how to switch between Shred and Pedal modes.
To switch from Pedal (XC) mode to Shred (downhill) mode, just flick the switch on the handlebar. The next time you compress the rear shock, the Shapeshifter’s gas spring will automatically compress, changing the bike’s geometry and the kinematics of the rear triangle.
When you have to climb back up the trail, just go back to Pedal (XC) mode. It’s as easy as flicking the switch again and shifting your weight forward. The gas spring on the suspension linkage then activates and extends, changing the rear shock linkage setup.
You can check which mode you are currently in using the colour indicator on the Shapeshifter’s cover.
Green = Pedal/XC Mode (for riding uphill + setting the Shapeshifter pressure)
Black = Shred/DH Mode (for riding downhill + setting the rear shock pressure)
3. After your ride: Storing your Strive
After you’re done showing your pals who’s boss on the trail, don’t forget to switch your Strive back to Pedal/XC mode, clean down the suspension, and re-lube the chain before storing. See you out on the trail next time!