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It tells you what direction to go when adjusting your suspension based on the different feelings and reactions your bike makes when riding. I carry this in my camel pack when I ride and never take it out. Hope this will help some of you dial your bike in a little better.


Jarring => harsh ride in the handlebars on relatively small but sharp bumps

Decrease compression and rebound so wheel comes up and goes down faster

Try a fork spring with a lower spring rate for a softer ride

Packing => harsh ride in handlebars on larger bumps

Increase compression in the forks to limit the compression

Decrease rebound to help the wheel return more quickly

Try stiffer fork springs

Headshake => front wheel oscillates side to side, especially in soft stuff

Move forks lower in triple clamps to increase rake and straight-line stability

Decrease rebound in forks so wheel rolls over rather than ploughs into ground

Try stiffer front springs and softer rear spring to move center of gravity rearward

Over- steers => bike turns too quickly, goes inside the turn, front wheel knifes

Move forks lower in the triple clamps to increase rake, slow down turning

Decrease rebound on both forks to slow down the turning

Install stiffer fork spring so wheel won’t sink in and bite too much

Under-steers => bike turns too slowly, drifts wide -- front wheel pushes, washes out

Move forks higher in triple clamps to decrease rake and speed up turning

Increase rebound on both forks to increase “cone effect” and speed up turning

Bleed air pressure in both forks to stop the front wheel from pushing

Try softer fork springs so wheel bites rather than pushes the ground

Kick-up => rear wheel hops straight up, seat pops you in the butt

Increase rebound to slow down wheel’s return after hitting a bump

Swapping => rear wheel hops side to side in hard to loamy whoops

Increase compression, and/or decrease rebound to eliminate packing

Braking Hop => rear wheel hops excessively when braking for bumps or a corner

Decrease shock’s rebound to help wheel follow the bumps more quickly

Acceleration Hop => rear wheel hops badly on rough ground during acceleration

Decrease rebound to help wheel follow the bumps more quickly

If that doesn’t lessen the kick-up, decrease the shock’s compression

Acceleration Spin => the rear wheel loses traction under heavy acceleration

Increase rebound to improve rear wheel “squat”

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That's a very very general idea. Maybe as a novice suspension setup but when it become more advanced there are way more things to take into consideration.

Exactly! It's a general idea of what to do for us suspension beginners, this isn't for the advanced. Yes, we know there's a lot more based on what all the experts say on this fourm, but for those of us that just ride and race for the love of it and would like a general idea of some basic trouble shooting, I think it helps. It has defiantly helped me out. I got rid of that annoying rear wheel hop and front tire washout, which was hurting my riding!

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