Round Up: 22 DH World Cup Racers' Suspension Setups

Mar 27, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
Every rider has their own unique setup for their suspension with some keeping similar settings across venues and others changing everything up to fit the course conditions. Some riders are pretty secretive about their settings but we have looked back through our collection of bike checks from World Cup races to round up some of the suspension setups run by the world's top riders.



Troy Brosnan
Height: 5'9" / 175cm
Weight: 165 lb / 75kg
Taken from 2020


Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender

Maribor 2020:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 125psi, 3 tokens

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil
Settings: 375 lb spring

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender

Crankworx Whistler 2018:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 150psi, 4 tokens

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe BlackBox
Settings: 240psi

375lb spring for Brosnan
Brosnan was running Maxxis Shorty s front and rear.

Crankworx Rotorua 2017:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer Coil
Settings: Firm Spring with 1 preload space

Shock: RockShox Vivid Coil
Settings: 375lb spring



Reece Wilson
Height: 5’10 / 178cm
Weight: 74kg
Taken from 2020



2020:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: "I have no idea because we’ve been playing around with it that much. I think if you’re tuning up a bike the clicks don’t really matter, the number of clicks doesn’t matter it’s how it feels."

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil
Settings: 500-575lb spring



Vali Höll
Height: 160cm
Weight: 65kg
Taken from 2020



2020:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 125 PSI with 3 tokens

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil
Settings: 250x72.5 at 25% sag with 2 tokens



Brook MacDonald
Height: 1m 75cm
Weight: 83kg
Taken from 2019



Crankworx Innsbruck 2020:

Fork: Fox 40 Heritage Edition
Settings: 85-86psi with 4-5 Tokens

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 550lb Spring


Crankworx Innsbruck 2019:

Fork: Fox 40
Settings: 88psi with 5 Tokens, 15 clicks of High-Speed Compression and 11 clicks of Low-Speed Compression

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 550lb Spring with 10 clicks of High-Speed Compression and 9 clicks of Low-Speed Compression



Laurie Greenland
Height: 1m 68cm
Weight: 73kg
Taken from 2019


Mondraker Summum
Mondraker Summum

Crankworx Innsbruck 2020:

Fork: Fox 40 Heritage Edition
Settings: 74-76psi with 3 Tokens

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 500lb Spring


Crankworx Innsbruck 2019:

Fork: Fox 40
Settings: 73psi with 5 Tokens, 15 clicks of High-Speed Compression and 11 clicks of Low-Speed Compression

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 475lb Spring with 10 clicks of High-Speed Compression and 8 clicks of Low-Speed Compression



Connor Fearon
Height: 177cm / 5'10"
Weight: 72kg / 159 lb
Taken from 2020


Connor Fearon bike vs bike
Connor Fearon bike vs bike
Photos: Andy Vathis

2020:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 147psi with 1 Tokens, 3 clicks of High-Speed Compression, 3 clicks of Rebound and Low-Speed Compression is changed depending on the track.

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil
Settings: 450lb Spring with 3 clicks of Rebound and 3 clicks of Compression



Myriam Nicole
Height: 5'4" / 1.64m
Weight: 128lb / 58kg
Taken from 2017



2020:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 135psi with 1 click of High-Speed Compression and 12 clicks of Low-Speed Compression

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe
Settings: 168psi

Myriam Nicole Commencal DH V4
Myriam Nicole Commencal DH V4

Lourdes 2017:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 160psi

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe
Settings: 110psi



Nina Hoffmann
Height: 172 cm/5'8"
Weight: 68kg/149lbs.
Taken from 2020


Photo Leopold Hermann
Photo Leopold Hermann

2020:

Fork: Fox 49 Factory RAD
Settings: 82psi with 3 Tokens

Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory RAD
Settings: 475lb spring


Les Gets World Cup 2019:

Fork: Fox 49
Settings: 72psi with 5 Tokens

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 475lb spring



David Trummer
Height: 184 cm/6'1"
Weight: 74kg/163lbs.
Taken from 2020



2020:

Fork: Fox 49 Factory RAD
Settings: 90psi with 5 Tokens

Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory RAD
Settings: 425lb spring



Wyn Masters
Height: 185 cm/6'1"
Weight: Between 84 and 87kg/185-191lbs.
Taken from 2020



2020:

Fork: Fox 49 Factory RAD
Settings: 105psi with 5 Tokens

Shock: Fox X2 Factory RAD
Settings: 205psi with 1 Token



Andreas Kolb
Height: 184 cm / 6'0"
Weight: 75kg / 165lbs.
Taken from 2020


Photo Leopold Hermann
Photo Leopold Hermann

2020:

Fork: Öhlins DH38
Settings: 120psi in the main chamber and 245psi in the ramp-up chamber. 1 Token in the main negative chamber and another Token in the ramp-up chamber.

Shock: Öhlins TTX22M
Settings: 480lb spring



Dakotah Norton
Height: 5'11" / 180cm
Weight: 175lb / 79 kg
Taken from 2019



2020:

Fork: Fox 49 Factory RAD
Settings: 100psi

Shock: Fox X2 Factory RAD
Settings: 260psi


Maribor World Cup 2019:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 157psi with 5 Tokens

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil with MegNeg
Settings: 450lb spring with 3.5 Tokens



Luca Shaw
Height: 6' / 182cm
Weight: 175 lbs / 79 kg
Taken from 2020



2020:

Fork: Fox 49 Factory RAD
Settings: 95psi

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 550lb spring



Neko Mulally
Height: 6' / 182cm
Weight: 185 lbs / 84 kg
Taken from 2020



2020:

Fork: Fox 40
Settings: 102psi with 5 Tokens

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 550lb spring and BVL tune

Neko Mullaly
Neko Mullaly

Mont-Sainte-Anne World Champs 2019:

Fork: Fox 49
Settings: 86psi with 6 Tokens

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 600lb spring



Ben Cathro
Height: 6’7 / 199cm
Weight: 93kg
Taken from 2020



2020:

Fork: Fox 40
Settings: 105psi with 12 clicks of Low-Speed Compression, 6 clicks of High-Speed Compression, 8 clicks of Low-Speed Rebound and 4 clicks of High-Speed Rebound

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 575lb spring with 10 clicks of Low-Speed Compression, 6 clicks of High-Speed Compression, 8 clicks of Low-Speed Rebound and 4 clicks of High-Speed Rebound



Bernard Kerr
Height: 178cm
Weight: 79kg
Taken from 2019



2019:

Fork: Fox 49
Settings: 82psi with 6 Tokens

Shock: Fox X2
Settings: 225psi with 6 Tokens

Pivot Phoenix 29

Crankworx Rotorua 2019:

Fork: Fox 49
Settings: 81.5psi with 6 Tokens, 10 clicks of Low-Speed Compression, 21 clicks of High-Speed Compression, 6 clicks of Low-Speed Rebound and 4 clicks of High-Speed Rebound

Shock: Fox X2
Settings: 215psi with 'all the' Tokens, 16 clicks of Low-Speed Compression, 13 clicks of High-Speed Compression, 15 clicks of Low-Speed Rebound and 10 clicks of High-Speed Rebound



Charlie Harrison
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 174lb
Taken from 2019



Val di Sole World Cup 2019:

Fork: Rockshox Boxxer
Settings: 172psi with 1 click (from closed) of High-Speed Compression, 7 clicks (from closed) of Low-Speed Compression and 5 clicks of Rebound

Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe MegNeg
Settings: 243psi with 3 Tokens



Danny Hart
Height: 5ft 9in / 175 cm
Weight: 154 lb / 70kg
Taken from 2019



Maribor World Cup 2019:

Fork: Fox 49

Shock: Fox DHX2
Settings: 375lb spring



Phil Atwill
Height: 6ft / 182cm
Weight: Around 154lb (70kg)
Taken from 2017



Maribor World Cup 2019:

Fork: Fox 49
Settings: 80psi with 7 Tokens

Shock: Fox X2
Settings: 195psi with 4 Tokens

Phil Atwill Bike Check
Phil Atwill Bike Check

2017:

Fork: X-Fusion RV1
Settings: Firm spring with 6 Euro coins used as preload spacers.

Shock: X-Fusion Vector Coil
Settings: 475lb spring



Mick Hannah
Height: 6'
Weight: 176 lbs
Taken from 2019



Crankworx Rotorua 2019:

Fork: SR Suntour RUX
Settings: 75psi, Mick says he runs more damping and tokens as the Rotorua track makes the bike want to dive a lot in the holes on the faster and steeper sections

Shock: Custom Fast Suspension
Settings: 550lb spring



Rémi Thirion
Height: 174cm
Weight: 72kg
Taken from 2018


Remi Thirion
Remi Thirion

Fort William 2018:

Fork: RockShox Boxxer
Settings: 150psi, Remi prefers a slower and more controlled return stroke than some racers for the rough and rugged Fort William course

Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil
Settings: 475lb spring



Vaea Verbeeck
Height: 5ft 7in / 170cm
Weight: 150lb / 68kg
Taken from 2017


Vaea Verbeeck Bike Check
Vaea Verbeeck Bike Check

Lenzerheide 2017:

Fork: RochShox Boxxer Coil
Settings: Firm spring

Shock: RockShox Vivid Coil
Settings: 300lb spring





80 Comments

  • 47 0
 Is quite meaningless without shock tune settings ?
Might as well say custom tune for all !
  • 45 1
 And frame leverage ratios. Absolutely useless info.
  • 60 1
 @lkubica: if we are being honest all of this info is completely useless.
  • 7 1
 @lkubica: I am still astonished, that we have so many bike test without mentioning leverage ratios. And if, they are rarely discussed.
  • 10 0
 The only thing I took away is that Ben Catherine is apparently a giant, 6' 7". The man needs 840mm bars and 600mm of reach, got damn!
  • 8 1
 Cathro* sorry auto correct not an insult
  • 7 0
 Just messing with the Mericans with all that Kg stuff.
  • 6 0
 @kompostman: not really sure what you guys are on about DH bikes have kinda converged

almost all modern dh bikes are 200mm travel on a 75mm or 76mm stroke shock. So the average leverage ratio is the same on most. Exceptions are the v10 (215/75) and m29 (208/70). But otherwise it's easy to compare two frames.

Thing we might care about is the progression in the leverage curve. If you follow Dh racing and demo bikes though it's pretty easy to know which frames are more progressive than others.

All of paul astons' and Dan roberts' DH bike reviews mention how progressive the frames are. Dan went into a lot of detail about it on the Cube vs Supreme comparison
  • 8 1
 I never understood why we talk about how much pressure people are running. Tell us the sag!
  • 6 2
 Does anyone ever even read that stuff? Why would the suspension settings of someone else on a bike I don't own be relevant at all? I mean, if someone who weighs the same as me uses a 450 spring, does that mean I should too?

I just look at the pictures, me. Think about which bike I would choose out of all of them.
  • 22 0
 Dakotah Norton shock
“Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil with MegNeg Settings: 450lb spring with 3.5 Tokens”

A coil shock with MegNeg and tokens. Pinkbike, you’re drunk.
  • 2 0
 Or maybe not drunk enough to function properly....
  • 1 0
 @math679 the MegNeg is actually a rockshox air can.
  • 14 0
 ‘Firm spring with 6 Euro coins used as preload spacers.‘

I wonder how much those cost.
  • 2 0
 A penny farthing or two probably.
  • 8 3
 Whenever these articles (and "can you identify x bike") pop up it must be a slow day... To be fair, spring has finally sprung and I'm not shocked that PB staffers are spending time riding their bikes instead of being coiled up at home writing articles.
  • 4 0
 I see you're running 4 clicks of rebound puns.
  • 9 1
 Most of them were absolute coilers, but some of them were shockers.
  • 8 2
 Am I the only one who considers tires part of suspension setup? Personally if I'm messing with suspension tunes I'm probably changing tire pressure too.
  • 6 1
 Change one thing at a time
  • 3 0
 good call, plays a massive difference. Also tire volume. However for most of us factory recommended settings and then plus 1 or minus 1 click and then play with tires based on weather and surface. Soft enough without becoming a "boing boing" bronco.
  • 2 0
 I love the idea of this article. I don't ever want to talk bad about PB giving us more technical content. But as others have said, just telling us pressures and clicks is essentially meaningless. Even just sag alone, would be more useful than any numbers provided above.
  • 5 0
 Never compare your settings to pros. They are custom tuned and pros go way faster then you. Wayyyyyy faster!!!!
  • 3 0
 Loris Vergier Fork: Rocksshox Boxxer 75 - 95 psi. 1 - 7 tokens Shock: 450 - 550 lb. spring Adjustments.... Kitchen sink.
  • 6 0
 6 clicks of BAMBAM and maybe a few psi more WEHDEHDEH to help with all the Whooooop Bla!
  • 1 0
 The thing I'm most surprised about is the weight of these world class riders. So many are under 160. I guess you don't need that much muscle mass to be at the top. I'm 5'7", look skinny and haven't weighed under 160 since high school...
  • 2 1
 170psi and just 1click of compression damping?
80psi with 7 tokens?
WTF... those are some seriously weird settings.
Air chambers have continuously being increased in volume, with the release of the Manitou Dorado and much later the Vivid Air shock, the marketing tone was like "finally air suspension is as plush and linear as coil suspension"... only to find Pros are reducing their air chamber by literally 80% in size?

I, for one, tend to use less mediocre pressure for a firm feel, a maximum of 1 token if at all and some decent amount of compression damping with the rebound rather slow. Why do top-of-the-line suspension kits have 3-way or even 4-way rebound and compression adjustments if Pro´s skip them entirely? I think the most important part is, that Pro´s actually use custom tunes with compression and rebound damping adjusted to their likings, weight, riding style and bike in the first place.
  • 2 0
 This articles pointless as pretty much every pro runs a custom tune, therefore their settings don’t reflect what average riders run on stock tunes
  • 1 0
 @ahauck: yup, my words exactly.
  • 2 0
 @mazze: lmao, Idk why but I had a brain fart and skipped over the last sentence of your comment and was like “this dudes nearly there, I’ll wrap it up for him”
  • 4 1
 Lol I just gave up that. Troy grows 2-3 inches an article.
  • 4 0
 What did I learn from this PB article? Ben Cathro is a certified giant.
  • 2 1
 Ok so what's the deal with Fox 49s? Idk if I'm just ignorant but it seems kinda weird that Fox would make a 49mm stanchion fork but I haven't been able to find a straight answer anywhere. Does anyone know?
  • 4 0
 Can't tell if you're being sarcastic, but the Fox 49 is just their 29" wheel version of the Fox 40.
  • 4 0
 @KJP1230: oh jesus im dumb. that is so obvious. I had looked at Fox's website and they didn't have anything about a 49 so I figured it was some old fork that had only been made for a little while or what. Didn't realize that the 9 meant 29. thank you for the info lol.
  • 4 0
 @imnotdanny: they’ve ditched that name and it’s back to 40 for both wheel sizes
  • 1 0
 @nhp890: ah so that's why I didn't see anything about a 49 anywhere online. thank you for the information, people.
  • 2 0
 I would argue that copying your favorite racer's suspension set up (exactly, at least) would probably make most people slower...
  • 1 0
 60 seconds of reading and I’m thinking why the hell am I reading this? Then I kept reading now I want my 15minute back and want to know who is the bigger muppet... PB for writing it or me for reading it it
  • 3 0
 World champs winner, what settings do you have? ' I have no idea ' LOL
  • 1 0
 Their mechanic probably set it up.
  • 4 3
 another pointless article to fill the content void Absolutely meaningless information given the extent of the variables which haven't even been mentioned.
  • 1 0
 say what you want, but everytime I look at that M29 rear end, I can't help but think it's the tightest/best packaged suspension for DH going! very very sorted.
  • 1 0
 Reece, do you mind telling the readers of Pinkbike what you ran for 2020 in your Boxxer?
“f*ck off, I’m not telling you my secret setup”
  • 2 1
 Troy Brosnan: 75kg - 125psi, 3 tokens
Vali Höll: 65kg - 125 PSI with 3 tokens

What the hell?
  • 12 0
 Whar rhe Höll to be correct
  • 4 0
 Different compression tune? Or just track and personal taste?
  • 7 0
 Perhaps just not the same bike Wink
Switched from a 63° head angle 27.5 to a 62 29er and I changed my fox 40 (49) pressure by something like 10psi to have the same feeling
  • 3 3
 Leverage curves. As a few have already pointed out, pointless looking at shock setup numbers without knowing or looking at the leverage rate of the bike.
  • 6 0
 @dougsomerville: leverage rate on fork? Interesting...
  • 2 0
 @tneirolz: HA im an idiot, my bad.
  • 1 0
 Vali is just a beast
  • 1 0
 And Myrian Nicole. 160psi at 58kg. At that point you might as well put a ridgid fork in there.
  • 1 0
 It's be interesting to add if the suspension has been specifically internally tuned for the rider in any way.
  • 5 0
 They all have
  • 1 0
 Since when you put money into your fork to make it works properly?
Also, if the tuning cost only 6 euros, I’m in.
  • 1 0
 Some of those fork pressures look huge. I’m not sure the girl would move if I ride with them that firm
  • 2 0
 Gwinner... Hard and stiff.
  • 1 0
 Loving this.

"Fork: X-Fusion RV1
Settings: Firm spring with 6 Euro coins used as preload spacers."
  • 1 0
 I appreciate Wyn’s candid take on his weight. Can relate. Haha.
  • 1 0
 Yea I’m Shocked at how little psi he’s running on the X2, I’d be sitting in the middle of the stroke with that low of pressure.
  • 1 0
 @abueno: it is interesting. Like I’m running an X2 and a 36. I’m 200-210 and run 225psi in my slash. But run one token and a luftkappe in my fork.

Sure as hell not 5 tokens haha. Shows how far over the front he rides that thing. Back end doing none of the work, except on Wednesday haha.
  • 1 0
 It’s also a RAD though, which is the Racing Development stuff.. there’s probably some valving trickery they’ve experimenting with that’ll eventually trickle down to consumers..
205lbs is ridiculously light for any full grown man.
I’m almost identical height and weight to him, maybe a couple Kgs lighter and run 240ish in my X2.
  • 1 0
 @Dwarfmarine: also keep in mind the leverage curve.
  • 1 0
 Danny Hart's fork is without air
  • 1 0
 Only one Ohlins setup! Interesting. Basically sponsor driven I suppose.
  • 1 0
 Why does Bernard Kerr's shock look like its 250mm of travel?
  • 1 0
 Bruni?
  • 1 1
 these settings are pointless to everyone else.
  • 1 0
 Another shocking article
  • 1 1
 Not posting both metric and imperial for all riders is beyond annoying.
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