I found the adjustments (low speed compression, high speed compression, spring preload, rebound) to be responsive and effective—one click actually does something.
Having said that, all of the adjustments were within a click of my ideal settings straight from Avalanche. It was really nice to receive a shock that was already close to ideal, and not have to work to find baseline settings.
User Available Adjustments
Spring Rate – swap springs to adjust the spring weight to match your weight and riding style
Preload – Increase the static force on the spring, by tightening the spring collar. This will change the amount of sag the shock has.
Low Speed Compression – 22 clicks – adjusts suspension resistance to brake dive and body movement
High Speed Compression – 3.25 turns – adjusts suspension resistance to rapid impacts (braking bumps, rock gardens, drop-offs)
Low Speed Rebound – 16 clicks – adjusts return rate of suspension, helps keep the wheel tracking the ground
In addition to the performance, the durability of the Chubie has been great. I just sent it in for a two-season service purely because I wanted to be proactive on maintenance. It was returned with fresh oil, seals, and a clean bill of health. Nothing was damaged, and nothing was particularly worn out. I don’t have a lot to say about the durability on this shock, which is a good thing.
On my Nomad, the Avalanche Chubie has out-performed two Rockshox Monarch air shocks and a demo DHX air shock in every way other than weight. The pedaling performance is so improved that it more than makes up for the weight increase of 600g in the middle of my chassis compared to the Monarch shocks.
The Chubie has turned my Nomad from a long-travel trail bike into a mini-downhill machine that can also be ridden uphill as fast as many short-travel trail bikes. I’ve done shuttle runs on one day, then group rides with the spandex crowd the next, and done nothing other than change my seat height.
Over two years, the Chubie has proven its durability, its adjustability, and its all-around high performance. In short, the Chubie has been a remarkable upgrade to my bike that was worth every penny.