Making sure that your bike has the correct spring rate and amount of sag is the first step towards having your suspension set up properly. This Tech Tuesday takes a closer look at how to accomplish this, showing you the steps to go through and the formula that I like to use. Inside you'll find a video guiding you through the entire process!Read on,
If you caught last week's Tech Tuesday
you'll know what all of the terms mean, including sag, which is what we are taking a closer look at today. Getting your bike's sag set correctly is the first step to sorting out a suspension setup that works for you and how you ride. Only once the sag and spring rate are dialed in can you start to fine tune the compression and rebound damping settings. Below you'll find a video outlining the steps to take in order to figure out how much sag you are using, as well as some sag amount suggestions. Watch the video to learn how to set sag:
There are a number of different calculations that you can use to figure out what percentage of sag you are using, but I like to use the one specified in the video. If you do some searching you will also be able to find some online sag calculators that will do the math for you, although you will still need to know the important numbers. Keep in mind that all numbers should be in millimeters. To find fork sag:
Sag ÷ total fork stroke × 100 = Your sag in %
To find shock sag:
Un-sagged eye to eye length - sagged eye to eye length = Sag (mm), Sag ÷ total shock stroke × 100 = Your sag in %
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