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How to adjust your MTB rear shocks ?


As with the fork, a well-tuned Fox, RockShox etc. MTB shock absorber will not only provide comfort but also perfect grip when pedalling, descending or braking.
Tools: High Pressure Pump / Small ruler


Adjusting the shock absorber: step 1

Step 1

Deflate the air in the shock absorber completely.

Adjusting the shock absorber: step 2

Step 2

Fully compress the damper so that the collar moves downwards on the plunger.

Adjusting the shock absorber: step 3

Step 3

Re-inflate the damper to its original position, leaving the seal in its lower position.

Adjusting the shock absorber: step 4

Step 4

Measure the total depression between the seal and the damper body.

Adjusting the shock absorber: step 5

Step 5

Refit the seal to the shock absorber body.

Adjusting the shock absorber: step 6

Step 6

Slowly get on the bike (in full gear) in order to push in the suspension.

Adjusting the shock absorber: step 7

Step 7

Measure suspension SAG using the joint displacement. The ideal SAG** is 15-25% deflection for XC, and 30-35% for freeride.

Adjusting the shock absorber: step 8

Step 8

Adjust the compression and rebound according to your wishes and the characteristics of the shock. On an helicoidal shock, the compression is adjusted with the large knob that compresses the spring more or less.

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