Hey y’all! As FloatLife Fest quickly approaches, I’ve been working on my own personal tune tailored to high speed trail riding, and wanted to share what I’ve been running so far! While it still has its quirks, it has in many ways been a game changer for me and absolutely crushes the majority of trails I’ve thrown at it so far. It also rides beautifully on street, though feel free to tone down certain features like Torque Tiltback and Variable Tiltback and set P/Mahony KP to 22/2.2 for an even smoother experience!
The goal was to keep as close to the classic FM board feel and control as possible, while also still taking advantage of some VESC benefits. This is why the use of Tune Modifiers are limited, with Turn Tilt and Booster disabled and Bump Comp fairly subtle, in an effort to keep the board predictable and controllable. However, Torque Tilt is actually used fairly heavily in order to take advantage of extended uphills and hard accelerations from a stop (I personally use Torque Tilt strength of 0.45 vs. the 0.25 in this card, but I only weigh 105lbs, definitely experiment with this!). For flatter/uphill heavy trails, I will sometimes bump Turn Tilt up to a strength of 3 or so, depending on the scenario.
One of my favorite quirks I’ve been messing with is Variable Tiltback. I’ve found that implementing a subtle variable tiltback almost has a similar effect to XR pushback, making the board feel a bit more solid as you push it up to speed. It’s worth experimenting with this one to find a rate and angle that you like (1000 ERPM ≈ 2mph), and even consider adjusting the IMU pitch to compensate for the higher nose if needed.
Last bit, I’m not sure if it’s some magic sauce with my I and Deadzone value or what, but any bonks, drops, etc. on this thing feel amazing and always land SOLID, no matter how nose/tail heavy you are or how much the wheel freespins. I have yet to get sent into a tail drag from a bonk. This makes bonks/drops to downhill MUCH more confidence inspiring.
Anyways, I hope you all get a chance to try it out sometime and see what you think! Keep in mind that this tune card is very much a “base,” and I’d encourage anyone to fine tune settings as needed, just as I do on a trail-by-trail basis.
I’ve linked the configs below, and the XML’s have been manually modified to only include the described parameters. This means you should be able to load them both up while preserving any personalized values (motor config, IMU calibration, battery specs, startup, tiltbacks, etc.). However, please make sure you backup your original configurations regardless to be safe, and please let me know if there are any issues with the configs. Happy shredding!
Tune Config Download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SlMgioIamFUzaysxEZy8Stx6hqgF77F3/view?usp=sharing