Want to ride trails faster and take harder lines on your mountain bike? Making sure your suspension is set up right is an essential first step toward this, and we’re going to tell you how it’s done.
There are two main steps to dialling in your mountain bike suspension:
Setting your sag – your ‘sag’ is the amount of movement in your suspension resulting from just your bodyweight on the bike.
Setting up your damping. ‘Damping’ refers to how quickly the fork or shock returns to its resting position after it has compressed.
To set your sag, you need a Shock Pump
Set up your sag
You need to rope in a buddy for this bit. (Buy them a coffee after to say thanks!)
Using the shock pump to adjust the air in your suspension:
Now to set up your damping
Don’t try this part unless you’ve set up your sag!