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Suspension Tips

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It's that time of the week.....Tech Tip Tuesday! Here are some excellent tips from one of our very own service techs; Kevin.


One common mistake that I see on a consistent basis is suspension sag not being set up correctly. In actuality your front and rear suspension should have about the same amount of sag to work in conjunction with each other. Setting it up is really easy to do and here is how you do it:

  1. All sag must be set while it is in the open position, or not locked out.

  1. You have to take in consideration what you wear when riding. If you are wearing a Camelback, full face helmet or a tool belt you must account for this by adding around 10psi to your air pressure.

  1. Both front and rear suspension should have a movable rubber band on the exposed part of the shocks. Push this all the way down to the wiper of each.

  1. While having a buddy holding the bike upright, or leaning against the wall gently sit on the seat without bouncing.

  1. Gently step off the bike without compressing the bike again. Take note of where the o-ring now sits

  1. Proper sag amount is between 20-30%. Which is about 1/3 of the shock.

Now there are a lot of variables that goes into that number to be covered at a later date.

  1. Most suspension have a sag guide written right on the body or leg that tells you your percentage. If you have too much sag attach your suspension specific pump and add 5psi, if you don't have enough sag then subtract 5psi until your desired sag percentage. (Remembering to connect and disconnect the pump after you add air) This process may need to be repeated after logging some break in time on your new bike.

  1. The end goal of achieving your correct sag will allow you to use all of your bikes travel.

  1. Tip: After finding the right psi for your suspension always write down the psi for each. If anything should ever happen you always know where your sweet spot is with them.



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