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Old 03-25-2007, 11:06 AM   #1
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Traxxion Dynamics... what have you heard about them?

I asked this same question over on two-wheeled texans, so if you've responded there you don't have to repost it here.

I've also talked to both Andy at Metric Cycles and Patrick at Moto Unlimited. They both do RaceTech work. Andy is RaceTech certified so I can bet what his opinion his. Patrick is also a RaceTech fan and provided me quite an insight into the major differences between the two RaceTech's and Traxxion's technology approaches.

I just wanted to broaden my horizons on opinions about Traxxion from other riders as well. What have you heard about/from Traxxion Dynamics?

Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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Old 03-25-2007, 11:44 AM   #2
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the guy who started traxx worked with paul thede who started race tech.. then he broke off to start his own business.. like vfr said.. his stuff is a copy of the race tech stuff
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Old 03-25-2007, 12:04 PM   #3
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Traxxion is OK, but spend your money on RaceTech at Andy's or Patrick.

Max at Traxxion is an OK guy, but their products are largely "copies" of the RaceTech bits.

Listen to Andy and Patrick- both of them can (and will) sell you the other major brands of suspension bits, but they prefer to stick with the RaceTech.
I've read a few write ups comparing the two, and the favor seems to always be RaceTech over Traxxion. I've ran RaceTech before with good luck.. I really prefer Ohlins though :icon_bigg
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i think patrick has gone to Racetech school, so he's not longer just a racetech fan but also "schooled" by them.

i'd recommend him or Andy (he did my ft end)
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:56 PM   #5
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what does marcus mcbain do?
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:57 PM   #6
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To tell you the truth, I can't tell much difference between my 999 (Ohlins) and my R1 (RaceTech/Ohlins) both were setup by Patrick and crew. I'm sure there is a HUGE difference in cost though.
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I've ridden both set-ups. I personally prefer Ohlins. Just a little added mental thing for me. Something about that Swedish bling...yummy
Look up and down any world chanpionship paddock...no RT or Traxxion, no Penske for that matter. Factory Showa, WP & Ohlins thats about it.
RaceTech gets my nod for most riders (including me) I really like the RT in the SV forks.
BTW Patrick has built all of my bikes. So that is what I have experience with.

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Old 03-26-2007, 11:09 AM   #8
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marcus does his own thing. and it works reaaly well. my sv is handling better than it ever has. my endurance bike last year was set up awesome as well. and i'll let ya know how the 06 750 is workin after world next month
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Old 03-26-2007, 01:45 PM   #9
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marcus does his own thing. and it works reaaly well.
That's an understatement. I got my RC51 forks re-worked by him and they are better than I could have hoped for. At the time it was the sport package, but he has condensed his rebuild to the "Supersport Valve Kit V2.0" and it is a fantastic value for that package.

http://www.roadracinghelp.com/Web2.0.htm
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Racing Performance Services is proud to announce our first in-house top-tier valve kit. The Supersport Valve Kit v2.0 COMPLETELY addresses the 8 critical areas of damping for both Showa and Kayaba OEM forks to provide one of the smoothest working set of forks you will ever own. The RPS Supersport Valve Kit v2.0 includes the following:

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All for only $399.00 !!!

RPS completes a full service on each and every Supersport Valve Kit v2.0. You will know when you receive your forks back from RPS that you have straight and properly performing forks on top of the upgraded performance of our racetrack designed spring and valving solutions.

On the first weekend of the product's launch, Ty Howard smashed the Oak Hill Raceway track record by almost a second on his Kawasaki ZX-636! This product provides the ultimate suspension upgrade solution to your OEM forks. RPS addresses 8 critical areas of damping control to provide outstanding feel and control with your OEM forks.
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I've run them all, and seen the innerds of all of them, and here's my .02 cents worth:
#1 Ohlins
#2 Racetech
#3 Traxxion Dynamics (Lee is a nice/helpful guy - IMO Max is a jerk)
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Old 03-27-2007, 12:36 AM   #11
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I hear a lot about Jim Cambora, what does he use?
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I have a Traxxion fork spring compression tool. It worked fine when I installed my Racetech springs and valve kit.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:33 AM   #13
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I hear a lot about Jim Cambora, what does he use?
Jimmy C uses Traxxion, racetech, Ohliins, and Penske. He'll do what ever you want. The Traxxion AK cartriges are what most of the top CMRA guys are running. Kienast and West are using a gas charged unit that most of the AMA guys are running this season. AK's will set you back about a grand, but they feel like BUTTER compared to anything else you've ever ridden. My experience.......

1.AK's
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3. Race tech

I used Cammbora for my race tuning last year and in '05 and had my best seasons. I have used Patrick/Brandon at the trackdays and they do a FANTASTIC set up. You can't go wrong with either in my opinion.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:56 AM   #14
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Thanks again to everyone for their feedback.

Buck, thanks for the feedback on the AK20 cartridge, that's the option I was considering... And I still might. Do you have it on one of your bikes right now?
Does anyone have it? I sure would like to ride one to see/feel the difference. Of course I'm sure that most anything is going to be better than the damping rod forks I have right now. :icon_smil
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:34 AM   #15
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Tom,

Thanks for the feedback as well. My bike is a Magna. Yep the cruiser you see in the avatar (incidentally that pic is from LSTD). Now before anyone lectures me about putting Traxxion cartridges on a cruiser, I'll explain.

The bike has damping rod suspension and I want something better than just Progressive springs, because I've ridden that setup and was not impressed.

I was considering the RaceTech cartridge emulators, but I have been approached to do some freelance work for a suspension shop in exchange for the Traxxion AK-20 cartridges. Since my freelance rate would be twice my "day job" pay that basically makes the more expensive Traxxion option cost the same as the RaceTech option I'd be paying for out of my pocket. (Hope that makes sense.)

So I've been wondering which avenue to pursue, and that's why I posed the question. Thanks to everyone for their feedback. I still have a some time to decide.

Incidentally, Patrick at Moto Unlimited told me that Traxxion is not merely a copy of RaceTech. Traxxion's approach is based upon smaller fluid passages in the suspension components. This leads to a quicker breakdown of the fluid and therefore rebuilds more often. He said Penske uses the same "small passage" approach, which could explain why Tom has to rebuild his Penske shock more often.
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