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BikeCo Tips & Tricks: Basic MTB Suspension Setup

BikeCo Tips & Tricks: Basic MTB Suspension Setup

2020 brought a lot of new faces to MTB. We’re stoked to see more people benefit from the sport we all love. That said, a lot of shops simply can’t support rider development like we can. So, here’s a video & blog going through Basic MTB Suspension Setup.

We’ll look at sag, rebound, volume spacing, compression as well as high and low speed damping.

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PreCharging a Suspension Pump – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

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PreCharging a Suspension Pump – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Let us show you how to precharge a suspension pump for the most accurate air suspension setup.

Many of our clients, and all of our racers, are looking to really dial in suspension. In order to accomplish this it is important to make minute adjustments to air pressure. This blog and video illustrate what’s happening in your air spring and why precharging a suspension pump is so important.

 

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Install Fork Volume Spacers – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

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Install MTB Fork Volume Spacers

Want to increase or decrease the ramp rate on your fork? You can easily modify the ramp rate with volume spacers.

Disclaimer – If you doubt your mechanical ability utilize a professional resource. Suspension is critical to performance and your safety.

This video assumes your fork is in good working condition. If you suspect any issues such as “suck down”, or an over pressurized negative air chamber, it is important you use a qualified resource.

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Install Shock Volume Spacers – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

BikeCo Tips and Tricks Rear Shock Volume Spacer Install

Install MTB Shock Volume Spacers

Want to increase or decrease the ramp rate on your MTB shock? You can easily modify the ramp rate with volume spacers.

Disclaimer – If you doubt your mechanical ability utilize a professional resource. Suspension is critical to performance and your safety.

This video assumes your shock is in good working condition. If you suspect any issues such as “suck down”, or an over pressurized negative air chamber, it is important you use a qualified resource.

 

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Coil Spring Tuning Basics

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Coil Spring Tuning Basics

With the launch of the new Yeti SB165 we’ve had a lot of questions. Here we go with some Coil Spring Tuning Basics.

Some very basic principals to start with here.

Coil springs are rated by the weight that creates an inch of spring compression. So a 400lb spring requires 400lbs to compress the first inch and would take 800lbs to compress two inches. However, coil springs are not produced to “exact” standards. That is to say if a coil is offered in say 50lb increments ( example: 350, 400, 450) 400lb spring may actually we anywhere from 376 to 425lbs. That’s a pretty wide range and most quality spring manufactures will have a slightly tighter tolerance, but that’s the concept.

Coil springs are also measured by total length as well as available stroke. Running a coil that is too long or short in either measurement can create problems.

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Confidence with Compression: Adjusting your fork

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Confidence with Compression: Adjusting your fork

Confidence with Compression – sort of a vague title right? Am I gaining confidence on trail from compression? Am I confident adjusting my compression? Well, both.

The abridged back story: I had a chance to move further south. BikeCo’s website has been growing at a rate that I can now work remotely mostly and come up to the shop a couple times a week. Anyhow – for the first time since I started bikes I’m consistently riding trails I don’t know. This presents some really fun challenges particularly as I tend to ride solo most the time.

Now I didn’t move and decide I was one of our pro riders looking for the most ridiculous lines possible. Nor did I move and decide I was going to find every gravel trail to take my SB130 on. I’m riding the same basic level of trails but the unknown adds quite a bit to riding. Continue reading Confidence with Compression: Adjusting your fork

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Front End Support – Fork Air, Volume & Compression

Front End Support – Fork Air, Volume & Compression

Between our BikeCo Pro Tune services as well as working with some of the fastest racers in MTB we get a lot of questions regarding suspension tuning. Modern forks offer more ways than ever to dial in your ride. Getting the right front end support with fork air, volume and compression improves tracking, ride quality, dive, and how your bike performs in the chunk.

Recently BikeCo Pro Rider Cody Kelley was in town working with Joe Binatena on the 2019 Alchemy Arktos 29. It was an interesting opportunity to sit down and listen to Cody and Joe discuss setup. Continue reading Front End Support – Fork Air, Volume & Compression

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Rear Suspension Setup

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Rear Suspension Setup

Some quick reminders on rear suspension setup!

The Best Baseline

Measure the sag. The old days of eye balling (or using a finger versus a thumb) are gone. The introduction of Metric shocks created a huge variety of stokes making it more important to measure the sag in millimeters.

For instance, the Yeti SB150 has a 230x60mm shock however the exposed shaft is about 9% longer. This might not sound like much the difference between a perceived 33% sag at 20mm and the actual 37% sag at 22mm is notable in the pedal platform and descent performance. Continue reading Rear Suspension Setup

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Suspension Compression Tuning Basics

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Suspension Compression Tuning Basics

So you’ve gone through our volume spacing and sag calculators – ready for the next step? Let’s go over some Suspension Compression Tuning Basics.

The compression circuit of your MTB suspension is one of the more misunderstood adjustments you have at your disposal. A good reason for this is frankly MTB suspension tends to be over compressed for the average rider. “I run my shocks completely open” isn’t an uncommon answer, particularly with stock suspension.

The compression circuit is designed to slow, well, compression forces. Compression forces literally compress the suspension. The Compression circuit is the opposite of the Rebound circuit, which controls the shaft’s return to equilibrium (just picture all of the things we’re going to go over in reverse for Rebound). Continue reading Suspension Compression Tuning Basics

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Burp MTB Fork Video – Burp & Lube Seals to improve small bump compliance

Burp MTB Fork Video – Burp & Lube Seals to improve small bump compliance

This simple step will help you release built up air pressure in your fork lowers and at the same time put a bit of lube on the seals, foam rings and bushings.

How-To write-up below video.
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