Dialing in Your Suspension
Sam Osborne, who won more XTERRA majors than anyone on the world tour last year, shows us how to fine tune our front and rear suspension to deliver a “beautiful, plush feeling” in this week’s mountain bike tips & tricks from the Planet Bike workshop in Rotorua, New Zealand.
“Suspension is something riders neglect far too much,” said Osborne. “First thing we want to check is the rebound, which is how fast or slow your fork or rear shock returns back to you. This all depends on how you have it set. Too slow and every time you hit a bump you’ll lose a bit of travel until you bottom out, and too fast and your bike rides like a pogo stick.”
The key, says Osborne, is dialing in the rebound adjuster (the red knob). He recommends starting six clicks from the full firm setting and adjusting from there. His baseline is a 25-30% sag, and you can find yours by sitting on the bike with your feet on the pedals without bouncing.
In the video Osborne demonstrates how to set the sag, talks about volume spacers, and explains the need for balance.
“Once I have my rear shocks sorted, I balance my front fork depending on how soft the rear shock feels,” says Osborne. “For me, I use three tokens on the front, run 125 psi on the rear fork and 55 psi on the front.”
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