Pinkbike Poll: How Much Time Do You Spend Setting Up Your Suspension?

Mar 12, 2021
by Seb Stott  
Allemand Kein SR Suntour

Mountain bike suspension is getting ever more complicated. Four-way adjustable dampers with high- and low-speed compression and rebound damping are now fairly common, and most air springs allow the end-stroke progression to be changed as well as overall spring rate. It's not hard to see why - in a previous poll most of you said you wanted all four damping adjustments plus air-volume adjustment.

Because all these adjustments have an effect on one-another, the number of possible combinations and the scope to get it wrong is mind-boggling. I personally know plenty of people - many of them good riders - who cheerfully admit they have no idea how to setup their suspension even when it comes to the basics. And it's the basics that count, so I wonder if all the knobs and dials are distracting some people from the most important step: finding the ideal spring rate?

Cane Creek Kitsuma review
If the rear suspension feels harsh over braking bumps, which dial do you turn?

RockShox Lyrik
Fox 36 2019
These days, most forks and some frames come with setup recommendations based on weight.

The good news is that suspension and bike manufacturers are increasingly making an effort to provide baseline settings for their products based on rider weight - Norco's setup guide is a great example of this. This is usually a good place to start, but in my experience there's often plenty of room to improve from there.

Fine-tuning your setup takes time and patience. So I want to know how far down the rabbit hole Pinkbike readers are willing to go towards finding their ideal setup.

Regularly hitting the bump stops? Do you add a spacer or take the beating with pride?

How much effort do you put into fine tuning your spring rate/sag?

By spring rate I mean either the pressure in air suspension or the stiffness of a coil spring.



How much effort do you put into tuning volume spacers/progression?

You can substitute ramp-up chamber pressure with volume spacers if that's what you have.



How do you go about tuning your rebound damping?



How do you go about tuning your compression damping?




249 Comments

  • 512 3
 I buy whatever has the most knobs and leave it at the factory settings other than tokens. I take all the tokens out and am saving them up for something nice.
  • 50 0
 fauxcoin?
  • 42 0
 This dude gets it
  • 37 0
 Stack up your tokens in an artsy little pile on your work bench, take a picture of them, and then sell the picture as a Non Fungible Token. MUCH MUCH MUCH more valuable that way.
  • 6 0
 @WRCDH: this latest craze for NFTs is a new level of stupid. Someone bought Jack Dorsey's NFTed first tweet for 2.5mil.
  • 35 0
 @freestyIAM: Wait til Super Rare releases the NFT of Waki's first PB post....
  • 2 0
 I hope they are some XRP tokens......
  • 7 0
 @freestyIAM: @suspended-flesh:
NFT?
No F’n Thanks!
  • 2 0
 @freestyIAM: it’s just another form of the high end art auction , then donate tax write off scam. Rich people shit
  • 5 0
 Saving up for the NFT of the next Grim Donut video
  • 2 0
 @slippynicky so many tokens!
  • 3 0
 I misunderstood what toke we were talking about
  • 13 3
 Lot of these replies smell like millennial fart. Gramps here is confused.
  • 1 0
 ???? ????????
  • 1 0
 @giantkeeper: roxcoin
  • 5 0
 I stripped down my totems once and removed shims to improve oil flow. Worked super good, went from stiff to buttery. But that's the most in depth fork work I've ever had a crack at.
  • 10 1
 I buy a bike then send my fork and shock to a service centre tell them im to fat for any setting on any of these and let them figure it out, I get a call saying this should hold you up a bit more I put them back on the bike and hope they are not wrong
  • 2 0
 @random american on the pb; I did. I googled it. And I still don't get it. Why would anyone give a good money for most of those digital files?
I did pay for some digital albums even though I already downloaded that same albums from Pirate Bay, but that was only because I wanted to support the artists.
This seems to be similar but not actually.
How about a short explanation (for dummies)? Thanks
  • 3 0
 @pakleni: Off the top of my head, I'd just say that a non-fungible token (NFT) is a unique digital file stored on a blockchain (a digital ledger). An NFT is a cryptographic token, but unlike cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and many network or utility tokens, NFTs are not mutually interchangeable, i.e. not fungible. An NFT is created by uploading a file, such as an artwork, to an NFT auction market, such as KnownOrigin, Rarible, or OpenSea.This creates a copy of the file recorded on the digital ledger as an NFT, which can be bought with cryptocurrency and resold. This results in a market where the NFT can go up or down in value, but the owner does not have exclusive access to the file; nor does the owner have possession of the "original" digital file. NFTs representing media have been analogized to autographs. A person who uploads a certain work as an NFT does not have to prove that they are the original artist, and there have been numerous cases where art was used for NFTs without the creator's permission.
  • 3 0
 Hahah in 5 years they'll make you rich,, HODL
  • 1 0
 @cragus-t: you might not be wrong...I'd pay almost anything for a lighter spring for my 2008 RS Domain fork. Way more than they went for new. At the same time, many (including myself) could just 3D print more tokens if needed. Plastic 3D printed fork springs are less than optimal.
  • 266 0
 I spend hours bracketing and adding / removing spacers , clicks here and there

Then ride the descents with my lock out on
  • 23 0
 My ankles hurt on this lap.. Weird.
  • 2 0
 Same. Over and over.
  • 1 0
 @jamesdippy LOL - exactly what I do
  • 2 0
 "Wow that lap felt awesome!" as I realize my lockout was left on... yet again.
  • 3 0
 Lmao. Switched from a dh bike to an enduro bike, and I always end up sending the most unforgiving steep rock gardens that an enduro has no right to be on with my shock locked out. I’m always like damn I fkn suck today! Then I get to the bottom, notice and cringe. I’ve had to stop touching the switch all together.
  • 203 0
 Best feeling in the world is adjusting your suspension until you become lost and now it rides like a brick. Only heard of friends doing that...
  • 5 0
 I feel you on that one..
  • 152 2
 Well was having issues with blowing through travel or the ride being unnecessarily harsh so stopped beating around the bush with spacers and poured time into designing a new link
  • 3 0
 just installed one on my nomad, cant wait to try is out!
  • 8 0
 Was hoping "custom linkage" was going to be a choice for that question!
  • 3 0
 Get 'em
  • 2 0
 Touché
  • 1 2
 @CascadeComponents If only you guys were around when I owned an SB66C and was at my wits end!!! Worst. Bike. Ever.
  • 2 0
 Did you at any point consider altering the shim stacks in the shock?
  • 3 0
 @CascadeComponents My link for my G2 Process 153 arrives next week. Thanks for putting in the work to give riders options.
  • 2 0
 I would love to read a proper interview with you guys
  • 4 0
 @englertracing: I ride a Vorsprung tuned Super Deluxe, so the shim stack is altered to offer less digressive damping. At the end of the day, damping and progression are both important aspects that both need to be considered. No damping tune can mask poor kinematics and no kinematics can mask a poor damping tune. That said, I think a lot of more aggressive riders would be surprised with how much of a difference kinematics can make. We've had plenty of people considering all sorts of shock options throw a link on and decide the shock set up they were running actually wasn't that bad.
  • 1 0
 SB130LR Mullet link??
  • 87 1
 Question: "If the rear suspension feels harsh over braking bumps, which dial do you turn?"

Answer: all of them and pray for the best
  • 15 3
 Choose a better line and loosen up body position
  • 32 0
 @leviatanouroboro:

Choose an adjustment then be a Dick about it
  • 7 0
 Just let go of the brakes
  • 1 0
 Let some air out of the tires, 36psi is too much
  • 2 0
 Go faster. Do not brake on the braking bumps. It helps.
  • 1 0
 @Oakhills: Don't you mean 30psi?
  • 61 0
 I fuss with it for about 5 minutes before my first dirt ride of the year after watching videos and reading guides. Go for one ride, and feel confident in how much "better" it feels. Then, I record my settings somewhere with the intention of adjusting and comparing.

Then, I promptly forget all of it and just ride all year without touching them again.
  • 19 1
 Good man. There are too many nerds creeping down blue trails only to pull into the carpark and talk about how their custom tunes are the only way to make suspension work.
  • 1 0
 My mann
  • 3 0
 @Dethphist I always knew that I had some long lost family in Canada!
  • 49 3
 I just copy Gwins settings. If they are good enough for him they'll do for me.
  • 137 1
 Me too. When I need a plusher ride I just take my fully rigid out instead.
  • 9 1
 @DirkMcClerkin: LMAO!!!!!! Good one mate. Smile
  • 3 0
 @DirkMcClerkin: Seems about right!
  • 31 0
 You can adjust your suspension???
  • 25 1
 Pumping, tweaking nobs, bottoming out, suspension, bouncing springs..... all fun after dark. Oh whoops I didn't realize this thread is about shock setup.
  • 17 0
 Username checks out.
  • 23 1
 I frankly like to spend more time riding but will carry a shock pump every 10th ride or so and just play around a little
  • 5 0
 @winsor141: Good idea, because everybody knows that air tends to leak out of everything, eventually.
  • 4 33
flag mybaben (Mar 12, 2021 at 13:26) (Below Threshold)
 @RayDolor: You absolutely should check susp air pressure before every ride (unless you did yesterday). Air molecules are extremely tiny and almost nothing actually holds air...
  • 14 0
 @mybaben: maybe with tyres but I don’t think so with suspension and yes I’m very sure everyone knows air is small Smile
  • 19 0
 @Ooofff: what about all those guys I hear about getting fat air?
  • 8 0
 @mybaben: I’ve got kids and a job. Time is precious. I’d rather ride my bike with potentially lower air pressure than faff around in the garage with a shock pump.
  • 20 0
 Adjust air pressure to manufacturer recommended maximum, and then add 20%. Because I'm just that fast. And I only ride machine made greens.
  • 2 1
 LMAO!!!! Nice. Wink
  • 17 2
 Spring rate poll needs an "I ride air suspension and use a standard air pump for setup, therfore my actual spring rate is +/- 5% of what I think the gauge said. Nevermind after it heats up during a long descent. f*ck it, SCRAMBLED." option
  • 1 0
 I'm tagged in this post and I don't like it..../s :p
  • 11 0
 I have a note on my phone with my settings tied with trails I like, and when I make a change I'll go to each of those trails to test how it feels, took me about a month on my bike to get settings I liked but I have't made a change in about 2 months. Looking to remove a volume spacer soon though so let's see.
  • 9 0
 @Seb Stott Missing an answer in the list of options, applicable to pretty much every question:
I know how I like my suspension to feel in various situations. I adjust it at the start of a ride to suit todays riding, and then I leave it for the rest of the day"
  • 8 0
 Another missing answer - I go with the recommendations of my suspension tuner.

(TF have been on the money that I haven't needed to tweak it yet).
  • 1 0
 Agree. Specially in something as simple as lsc. If i will ride a flowtrail or jumptrail I may add one or two clicks...
  • 4 1
 @fartymarty: Exactly. My LBS is a proper shop and sets the suspension up according to rider inputs and intentions for every bike that goes out the door. I’ve never needed to deviate from their settings more than +/- 5psi or 1 click (and that’s only because I put on a few pounds and lost muscle after breaking my arm).
  • 1 0
 Agree w @gabriel-mission9. I have a base setting for my local trail and tweak it from there based on where else I’m riding.
  • 9 0
 I spend hours tuning my sus. Once I find the sweet spot I’ll turn all the dials randomly without knowing prior settings then head to an unknown trail & do it all over again. I do that a few times a week.
Diversity , the spice of life
  • 11 0
 I adjust things blindly hoping I will stumble upon the ultra smooth Zocchi 888 feel I had in 2010.
  • 2 0
 Despite what BigShox tells us feels like suspension has devolved Frown
  • 8 0
 Am I the only one that like buying the forks and shocks that do not have all the adjustments? I have a DVO Beryl on my main bike and it rides nice and I really spent very little time setting it up.
  • 5 0
 I'm sure you aren't. Most people should go that route if they aren't the type that like to fiddle to much with their settings. Low speed comp, rebound, and preload/air pressure likely offer more than enough adjustment for alot of riders.
  • 2 0
 I had all the knobs on the last bike. I don't have all the knobs on the new bike. I don't miss a thing.
  • 2 0
 IMO... air pressure set with a digital pressure gauge, volume set with your tokens, and overall rebound being set to your riding style are more important than all the damn knobs for the general public.
  • 7 0
 I usually leave compression open or add a little, I'm around 190lbs. For rebound I do the bounce test, try to keep it fast but not too fast. And for pressure I keep it to where I'm just about bottoming out on a good ride. I keep meaning to go session a section of trail and really fine tune. I've only got basic low speed controls though, if I had high speed to worry about I'd probably just rent a shock wiz and let it guide me haha.
  • 1 0
 Seems every time I adjust my rebound I dial it back some because I got too close to it trying to launch me off my bike. The setting I think is correct while in the parking lot indicates that I should be designing diving boards or gymnastics springboards for a living.
  • 10 0
 I want my bike to eat my poor landings without bucking me over the bars.
  • 2 0
 "I'm just gonna send it" sounds like a all natural, healthy alternative breakfast
  • 1 0
 You don't have an Ibis to do the job for you?
  • 7 0
 At some point, everyone should get a custom Avalanche fork cartridge and rear damper. You won’t be disappointed. Craig can work some magic with his tunes.
  • 2 0
 Agreed!
  • 8 1
 Playing with a ShockWiz in a couple of weeks, looking forward to seeing if it helps. We bought one between our group, 2/3 say it’s awesome so far.
  • 4 0
 I totally love my ShockWiz. It drastically improved my bike’s handling.

I think if you know what you’re doing with setting up your suspension, you can probably get great results without one.

For the rest of us who would just be randomly twiddling dials, changing pressure and praying for an improvement, the ShockWiz is the answer to our prayers.
  • 3 0
 You'll love the shockwiz, I did the same with a group of 2 other mates (8 bikes between us) and my bikes are dialed better than ever. The benefits for riders who don't know the exact science of a proper setup is eye opening.

Well worth the money!
  • 5 1
 Getting the right settings on suspension is harder than it should be. I'd find it easier to tune my suspension if manufacturers used less 'clicks' with a noticeable difference between each. I have a pair of Suntour Aions like that and I got them perfect in no time.
  • 11 0
 You know you can adjust multiple clicks in one go...
  • 2 0
 @c-radicallis: ha ha yes but I've found its not that straight forward. For example in the lower end of my Fix 34 LSC range it's taking 3 or 4 clicks to notice a difference and in the upper end it's 1 or 2. I just think for the average Joe like me you get quicker and better results with simpler adjustments.
  • 8 0
 imgur.com/a/VSW32JS

Maybe this got a little bit out of hand.
  • 2 0
 Never can get out of hand. I question the accuracy on the measurements for the rear though because the travel of the telemetry diverts quite a bit from the rear shock travel.
  • 1 0
 @JorisSneagle: Leverage Ratio varies from 2.93 to 2.34, ADC resolution is 12 bit, resolution of the distance sensor is infinite by design (in the end it's just a potentiometer) so this leads us, in the worst case, to a resolution of ~0.05mm.

Of course this is not a holistic view (and not the whole truth) of the system as there are more things to consider like repeatability, power supply stability, ADC accuracy etc. but it shoud give an idea.
  • 4 0
 Send it off to a qualified suspension tuner. If I'm needing to do more than a few clicks of compression here or there, its time to service. I buy suspension products more based on who does aftermarket damper modifications than on what company makes them.
  • 2 1
 I prefer to buy forks that dont need aftermarket damper mods. and I'd prefer to not use a suspension tuner that hasnt seen me ride or hasnt seen the trails i ride, tuning by mail order is relying on the tuners interpretation of what you tell them.
  • 1 0
 @motojames: .. and still ends up working better Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @motojames: too true - one person's "I'm super fast and ride big lines" is another person's "granny on a green run". No offence intended to anyone's granny...
  • 4 0
 This varies a lot by bike. My last bike was a Slash 8. Set it per Trek’s suggested settings, left it alone. Now on a Trance 29-had to put a MegNeg on the rear shock, think I finally might have enough progression dialed in.

That said, once I get any bike to where I like it, I leave it be-from park laps to long XC days.
  • 1 0
 I've struggled with the rear shock support thing, on my old Whyte G150 and my current Mega. Filled the Whyte shock with spacers, and the megneg has fixed the Mega.
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: yeah. MenNeg is pretty great. Running one band, 2 volume spacers, 3 tokens in my Lyrik.

At 25% rear sag, still soft enough on small bumps but doesn’t blow through the travel anymore.

Girlfriend has the same frame with an X2/38, setup took two rides.

Like I said, some bikes/shocks set up easy, some are more fussy.
  • 7 0
 I find about 69% sag, 4 and 20 clicks of HSC and LSC respectively suits my style of riding.
  • 4 0
 Faff about with all the knobs and pump and tokens until mental issues because harsh or spongy. Then return everything to where it was, and remove 2 psi from the tires. Instant sweetspot..
  • 4 1
 There should be an option that says "I don't have this adjustment". I have a base model Suntour coil fork with nothing but preload adjust (I am a broke teenager), so this does not apply at all to me. I answered based off what I think I will do when I can finally save up enough to buy a full suspension trail bike.
  • 3 0
 Shockwiz was also the answer for me. I used it on 3-4 bikes, front back, change, front back, trails, jumps. After a while you get a feel for what the Shockwiz wants to see and can get it 95%+ there without ever even plugging in the Shockwiz now.
That doesn't mean i know loads about suspension, but i have a certain level of feel, added to the obvious sag settings, bottoming out etc, so you know roughly where you wanna be straight away.
I experiment with the Shockwiz on known trails, seeing if what i'm feeling when i change something corresponds with what the Shockwiz is seeing.
You've got to remember, bikes are good, bikes are great. But we can easily make them worse if we get it wrong.
  • 2 0
 I have two bikes with the Cane Creek DB so I use the app and spend a lot of time. And then I spend time afterwards fine tuning. I love those shocks but it's a pain in the ass when you change locations. Forks go full fast and full soft until I get to that point. DH bike might be the easiest one. It's set for Silver Star and coil so it doesn't lose air and it's a single location
  • 2 0
 I have 3 different setups saved in my Phone for reference

Norco Ride Aligned
Offset 1,
Offset 2
and Fox recommended (36 and X2)...

Still dialing them in but so far the Fox recommender is nicer than Ride Aligned..

Final test is halfway between Fox and Norco, then bracket from there.
  • 3 1
 Where is the option for take your trail bike to Northstar, do a bunch of laps of woods, get it dialed in, and then leave it?

Oh, and what is a volume spacer. Some of us DVO or Manitou and play with the oil level in the air spring if needed, or alternatively adjust the irt pressure to control bottoming.
  • 2 0
 Pushed my Nomad 3 to the limits for more than two years and eventually turned it upside down. And that‘s where I saw the knob on the fork lowers ‚oh wow, what‘s that for??‘ Rode with no changes done to that knob... Still got some KOMs
  • 2 0
 I go to my LBS where the mechanic who is a total shredder weighs exactly as much as I do. So I say “set my suspension up exactly like yours” and it never fails. It’s like a factory DH team tuned my suspension. Invariably, whatever I do never seems to work right. I’ll have them service and never touch.
  • 2 0
 Missing answer:
"I spend more time in forums than riding, but am constantly finding new mods to spend money on. I regularly use other forum members suspension settings if they're somewhat close to the same weight as me regardless of their subjective desires, local trail type and riding style."
  • 2 0
 All of the questions were missing an option: When I get a new bike/shock/fork or other suspension impacting geegaw I obsess about it, adjust, bracket, change spacers, get the latest vorsprung suspension improver doohickey, and try all the things till I'm satisfied. Then ignore it and leave it at those settings indefinitely.
  • 2 0
 New bike, I set to manufacturers suggestions, and then bring the pump the first few rides. I'm I'm on a new 120mm bike & I'm debating adding a spacer to the shock for some more ramp up. Never done that before. Smile
  • 1 0
 Definitely change my tune for wet/dry and warm/cold conditions. Mostly tune my rear shock for bottom out control and rebound control, so I dont get bucked off a big jump, Then the fork I tune to bottom out control and soften as required for grip when it gets wet.
  • 1 0
 My rig is a Reeb Sqweeb with a DVO Diamond and Topaz which I can get wildly different characteristics out of the bike (trophy truck plush to Ibis DW pop and liveliness) so I tend to change my settings from time to time based on how I want to ride. Other than that I might go +/- a click on the rebound and HSC depending on the temp and terrain. It helps that each click or rotation yields a noticeable difference on the DVO.
  • 1 0
 I come from a motorcycle background so I’m very familiar with what adjustments do what. I’ve always liked super plush, but with quicker rebound. I’ve always liked my bikes to ride “higher” with only about 10% sag as well. Super plush with a quick ramp up at the very end of the travel. #Winning.
  • 2 0
 So you run a progressive spring with a f*ck ton off preload?
  • 1 0
 no really sure it is a good ideea but, for me it works chasing more small bump compliance. basically, I run an extra spacer than I need and lower the PSI. At the same time, I try to run the compresions as open as possible and the rebound as fast as possible. Then again, I adjust the rebound for each course, if necessary. It is not quantum phisics... you just need to figure out what the best settings would be for the course you are riding. The hard part is understanding what settings you need. Changing a couple of clicks at the trail's head is a 30 second job.
  • 1 0
 First time full suspension guy here. I tried setting my fork and shock to Fox’s recommended pressures to set the sag but found I had to go almost 20PSI over on the fork and I just maxed out my pump on the shock to get it to be rideable. 95PSI in a 36 Rhythm, 300ish PSI in a DPX2. I’m about 205-210 kitted up to ride - does this sound about right?
  • 1 0
 Does rideable mean that it keeps you from bottoming out all the time, or from being too soft and plush during normal riding?
  • 1 0
 Not really sure about the front but 300 sounds a bit much at your weight in the back. It does depend on the bike, but make sure you measure sag on level ground and most importantly in riding position, equal-ish weight on hands and feet. If you set sag in the rear while seated it will be too stiff/too much psi. Oh, and give it a bounce and let it settle before checking/setting sag.
  • 1 0
 I find manufacturers settings vary wildly. RS seems pretty good but Ohlins was miles off. I switched from an RXF 36 Evo to a Lyrik Ultimate basically because I couldn't be bothered spending my life trying to find a decent setup.
  • 1 0
 I would like to know more about setting up my suspension, but actually it sucks when you I'm riding the whole day on different trails or trailsections.. should I change every time my setup, for the perfect working suspension? That takes to long and costs me lot of headache.. so I never do and try to enjoy the rides as well
  • 1 0
 I didn't see an answer that really fits what I do. I get a base line setup by bouncing around in the shop, then tweak compression and rebound settings for the next several rides, After that I just ride unless something seems to stop working. If you feel like you CONSTANTLY need to tweak your suspension, you're probably either an elite level racer, or totally lost and just twisting knobs and hoping for something good.
  • 1 0
 Riding is suspension dialling, I'm even dialling suspension in my sleep. lol On the compression side, I've found the working setup is more than recommended PSI and one or two clicks from full open. DVO ott handles the small bump and the extra PSI is great bottom out control and more balanced 'floating' rebound.
  • 1 0
 I generally tweak the suspension for the first 3-4 rides on my local trails. After that, I rarely, if ever, mess with it. If I'm going somewhere that's vastly different terrain wise, I might make small tweaks, but that's rare.

I can't imagine, unless I was racing, ever bracketing settings. That just does not sound that fun. I'll take 80% accurate and just riding. I'm lazy and willing to compromise, I guess!
  • 5 2
 First! I mess with my dials ands bunch then go back to what the maker said to do.
  • 3 3
 The only time I’ve ever felt the need to change rebound beyond what the manufacturer recommends is when doing dirt jumps on my enduro bike
Meanwhile, it blows my mind that companies are selling any rear shocks with no compression adjustment, that’s the adjustment I want to mess with every 2 rides, those are the dials that actually need to be changed on a regular basis, not the rebound I settled on 2 years ago
  • 2 0
 2 days. 1st day recommended settings and some laps 2nd day fine tune with shockwiz Done! I totally recommend shockwiz for those you have lots of knobs.
  • 2 0
 I just bought a ShockWiz and have been playing around with it on my fork. I have a Fox 34 factory with the grip2 damper plus an MRP ramp control cartridge, so basically everything besides air I can adjust with dials
  • 3 0
 This poll is one of the reasons I'm considering a fully rigid Stooge for my next build.
  • 5 0
 better run it on rims only so you won't have to figure out tire pressure
  • 3 0
 Just switched to coil everything to spend less time thinking and more time riding.
  • 3 0
 I needed the option "I take my bike to the shop and let them decide what is good, I don't trust myself"
  • 4 0
 Air up those tires first.
  • 4 1
 Wheres the 'I'm not good enough to know the difference so anything is about right" option?
  • 2 0
 This is why having one of those MRP Ramp Cartridges is so nice. One pressure and lots of easy adjustments (unless you're me and have it but forget to use it...)
  • 1 0
 find a 4ft drop. lock legs. repeat til doesn't bounce up or blow through. the rest i can adjust with my legs/riding style.
unless i take up dh bikes with 8+inch travel again that works great for me
  • 1 0
 I run an old Marzocchi 888. The only thing I adjust is the rebound based off whether I’m doing a tech or jump trail. Only major thing I’ve done for adjustment was when I had it rebuilt with heavier oil.
  • 2 2
 I spend some time with new shocks installing the correct shim stacks after a handful of rides, if needed, then I move on to tuning my air chambers, then I regularly make a few compression and rebound and air adjustments depending on my form at the time and the trail style....there weren't really any answers that suited me. I found the way the answers were written to be satirical and patronizing for those of us who do ride fast, do regularly overhaul all types of shocks - including shim tuning, do have a great deal of understanding for suspension and the effect on trail, and don't invest in telemetry shenanigans (if I had a team of engineers and sponsors paying for it - sure). I get my shocks within a reasonable baseline tune, and then will make minor adjustments depending on terrain and my current strength/speed.
  • 1 0
 I'm a very light rider, so I have to use the fully open compression damping anyway. Currently looking for something removing the harshness of my 36 Rhythm. Will a coil kit or a Secus make the harshness lessen?
  • 1 0
 Need another option, endlessly rebuilding suspension because they feel like crap after 1 ride. (Literally doesn't matter make, model, oils and grease used, all ride shit after 1 day.)
  • 2 0
 I’m always messing around with mine but then I’m 16 and my wait changes all the time, my riding style seems to change every couple of months as well
  • 1 0
 *Weight
  • 1 0
 @Dropthedebt: oops, I’ve been made a fool
  • 1 1
 I think half the people who voted that they adjust regularly actually have very little idea on how it effects the bike. People who spend less on a less adjustable fork/shock enjoy their bike and gear alot more.
the ones who spend a heap of time dialling in suspension usually wont send the 5 foot gap jump.
  • 2 0
 On today's episode of Change My Mind: Cracked frames and under-sprung, over-damped suspension.
  • 1 0
 Currently, almost none, but with a new bike with full adjustable suspension arriving soon, I think I'm about to learn suspension tuning in a hurry.
  • 1 0
 I tend to set to the manufacturer recommendations as a base line then adjust from there. Once I find what works I leave it alone
  • 3 0
 Fuck, I re-valve everything after computer modeling and ride testing
  • 1 0
 Set to Medium-slow rebound, full Open, & yell "DROPPING!" Never check anything else but some seal lube after each ride if i remember.
  • 2 0
 I just pump up the max amount of air, close all compressions a d open the rebound and go for it
  • 2 0
 Norco's Ride Align makes some of this far less mysterious for my bike and I am thankful for that...
  • 2 0
 Am i the only one who uses the low speed knobs mostly to compensate for tempersture?
  • 1 0
 Do not try and set the suspension, that's impossible. ... there is no suspension. Then you will see it is not the suspension that bends, it is only yourself.
  • 2 0
 Don't send DirtLabs your suspension. Unless you want your stuff setup to explode and collapse.
  • 1 0
 Night b4 big day @ the hill i play around at home tweaking things. Have a few beers, lose ambition or forget what im doing after the 6-7th beer and just say fck it.
  • 1 0
 Hardtail here...... So I tinker hella with my suspension.... But it always seems super stiff... I just can't seems to find that plush feel ya all are talking about.... Tips?
  • 3 0
 Do squats
  • 1 0
 I bought the shock wiz ran it and it said I was 90% where it should be before I made any adjustments. Now I rent it to my friends
  • 2 0
 I don't. I let mine use it for free because they're friends Smile

Mine is currently out with a mate today actually.
  • 1 0
 Manufactures need to tell us in detail what settings to use our forks and how to set them. Not doing this is not being fully transparent and only benefits affluent riders .
  • 1 0
 I tinker all the time and can never seem to find a way to smooth out braking bumps.
  • 1 1
 Jump over them
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 Or ride off the trail outside them
  • 1 1
 Or buy nice shocks, dont install volume reducers, and run fast rebound.
  • 2 0
 My rebound nob spins freely so I'm working on reaching infinite rebound
  • 1 0
 I spend a few hours with a Shockwiz sessioning same course. Both for fork and shock.
  • 2 0
 I turn up all the dials to 11. Is there any other way?
  • 3 1
 Buy an ext Storia, get Chris Porter to set it for you, and forget...
  • 1 0
 YES, I'm poor so I have Öhlins coils and use TF Tuned.
  • 6 0
 @fartymarty: First time poor and Öhlins were used in the same sentence
  • 1 1
 I wouldn't let Chris Porter near my bike!
  • 1 0
 I've discovered I have no idea what I'm doing since my rebound is one or two clicks from fastest (open?) at both ends
  • 8 0
 Naw, you just know how to have a wild, sketchy, adrenaline-fueled time on the trail!
  • 2 0
 Coil shock if I can help it. Probably should do the same for the fork.
  • 2 0
 I tried a coil on my bike (patrol) and it's nice in really rough long tracks, but went back to the air shock and it feels more supportive and eager to get off the ground. I think I'll save the coil for the bike park.
  • 1 0
 I obsessively tweak and balk at my suspension settings so I have an excuse when I ride like crap.
  • 1 0
 Bike park riding often requires significantly different damping than trail riding.
  • 1 0
 Where's the i bought my bike used off a guy and have not touched his settings in two years?
  • 1 0
 Compression and rebound fully open. Enough psi to don´t bottom out too much. And is good to go for me
  • 1 0
 Every year i tell myself, that i will spend a day at the bikepark with bracketing, but i never do^^
  • 1 0
 I run coil, so set the sag once, then rebound after each servise or so - does not bother me much
  • 1 0
 You guys should do a how to not look like a complete jerry podcast/video
For example not wearing that detachable bell helmet
  • 1 0
 Not cool
  • 1 0
 Watch out though some of those Jerry’s will surprise you
  • 1 0
 where's the option for 'hardtail with a $200 coil fork that's only adjustable with preload'
  • 1 0
 Being a heavier rider. Nothing feels good. Especially air forks/shocks they feel terrible. Coil feels good though :-)
  • 2 0
 someone needs a custom tune Smile
  • 2 0
 Same goes for very light riders, everything just feels harsh on those really fast bumps.
  • 1 0
 Surprise surprise! A bunch of dumb nonsensical poll questions from the geniuses @pinkbike

Punters!
  • 2 0
 Less time than reading the title of this article tbh.
  • 2 0
 "i use data acquisition" lol
  • 1 0
 "Hey buddy... How do I make this bouncy thing work..?"

(data acquisition)
  • 1 0
 I spend hours messing with my Honzo and the back always rides like the lockout is on
  • 1 0
 After numerous preferences, few things are stone. Pain+pleasure=worth. Being a bad ass biker will never get easier!
  • 1 0
 Me with a cheap coil for: :o
  • 1 0
 Tweak rebound if its a chunk or flow trail, otherwise its all good
  • 1 1
 Increase front rebound, decrease rear rebound, increase high and low speed compression slightly when going to the bike park.
  • 2 5
 I ride a hardtail. It takes me between five to ten minutes to set up my fork and I set it based on the manufacturer's recommended settings and set the rebound in the middle between fast and slow. The best suspension you have are your arms and legs.
  • 4 0
 you should know that nothing beats the satisfaction of a dh bike eating up a curb without you getting off the seat.
  • 4 7
 I don't know how people can just set and forget. I've got optimal settings dialed in for different trail networks all the way down to how it performs at different temperatures. Half the fun of riding is dialing in a bike to perform its best. Otherwise, why are you spending $2k on a suspension.
  • 6 0
 the generic setting of 25-30% sag with fully open compression and slow rebound is perfectly fine for 90% of the population.
And a $2k suspension will perform A LOT better than a $250 suspension even with these settings.
  • 1 2
 @f00bar: Sounds like 90% of the population are missing out. And there are more sensible options in the $800-$1000 range if the fully open compression/slow rebound strategy is all you can handle.
  • 1 0
 I’m with you, these are high performance bicycles and it’s all part of the hobby as well. I’ll always make sure my stuff is dialed
  • 1 1
 I feel like they needed a "I take it to a tuning professional" option for each question.
  • 1 0
 I run 3psi on my tires and call it a day!
  • 3 1
 One word: ShockWiz.
  • 1 1
 indeed
  • 2 0
 Yep I run the shockwiz front and back after every suspension service. I don’t trust my self lol.
  • 1 0
 Where is the I just sit on it and let the pros do the rest? LOL!
  • 1 0
 I just ride it.. now I started doing 5 clicks of rebound
  • 1 0
 The first poll where I am happy to swim with the mass
  • 1 0
 Set it and forget it just ask ronco
  • 1 0
 My butt sensors are just as good as Shockwiz (proven many times).
  • 1 0
 You need to have an option for "my fork isn't that fancy"
  • 1 0
 Not as much as ,Greg Minnaar.
  • 1 0
 About has much time it takes me to take a shit.
  • 1 0
 Only 28 votes for "turn it up to eleven"..........
Sad times for mtb
  • 1 0
 Tokens are the future of Bitcoins?
  • 1 0
 I paid Ian Massey/Professional to set it up for me...
  • 1 0
 What is that rear tyre on the Rocky Mountain, first picture please ??
  • 1 0
 I run coil.
  • 1 0
 No way.
  • 1 0
 You have to set it up?!
  • 1 0
 I set it and forget it
  • 2 3
 I got downvoted for saying check your susp pressure before each ride.... Okay morons, whateve.
  • 1 0
 Duck pound
  • 1 4
 I actually adjust my friends fork em. When they're I turn up their compression. They do the same to me. Its fun. Especially when they mess with your rebound
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