Mountain bike suspension technology has taken some fairly big strides forward in recent years. When you buy a new mid-range or high-end suspension fork or rear shock, the technology inside these components is comparable to technologies inside modern motorbikes and sports cars, only in a much more svelte and lighteweight package, which makes it all the more impressive. As mountain bikers, we now have an increasingly broad spectrum of options in terms of type, adjustability and tunability of our mountain bike suspension components. That said, getting the most out of your suspension is as straightforward as it sounds, with a multitude of knobs, buttons, levers and adjustments that can be very confusing for beginner and even intermediate and advanced riders. This multi-part guide is intended as an introduction to mountain bike suspension technology and should help you get started with exploring how to tune your suspension to suit your riding style and terrain.
There are many articles on the internet that offer information on how to setup your bike’s suspension, and there is a wealth of information in mountain biking forums on setting up, tuning and servicing specific suspension components. All that in addition to the manufacturers own official guides, of course. This multi-part guide is intended to present information on mountain bike suspension fundamentals in a useful, organized format that will be published here in bite-sized posts.
This guide will be structured as follows (forthcoming parts will be posted on a weekly basis):
1. Introduction: The purpose of mountain bike suspension and a short glossary of terms.
2. Basic set-up: Finding the optimum setting for your weight, terrain and riding style.
3. Trouble-shooting: solving problems with your front or rear suspension.
4. General suspension maintenance and advanced tips and tricks.
The first art will be published by this weekend. Stay tuned!