Generally, the bikes and components required for freeriding are stronger and heavier than their lightweight cross-country brethren. Combine the aerial pyrotechnics of freeriding with some longer trails and courses, as is typical of cross-country riding, and now you're looking at all-mountain riding.
Installing Your Shock If you are installing your shock on a bike in which the shock is not original equipment:. Remove the main air chamber air cap and let all the air out of the main air chamber. Check that all parts of the shock are clear of the frame and swingarm as it cycles through the travel. Pressurize your main air chamber to a minimum of 50 psi and no more than psi.
You will tune to a more specific air pressure in the Setting Sag section below.
There may be a small amount of air sleeve lubricant residue on the body. This is normal.
If this residual air sleeve lubricant is not present, this is an indication that the air sleeve should be re-lubricated. Some other things to consider for all shock models:.
If you ride in extreme conditions, service your shock and air sleeve more frequently. Check the maintenance schedule for your shock.
Clean the outside of your shock with soap and water and wipe dry with a soft dry rag. Do not use a high pressure washer on your shock. Inspect entire exterior of shock for damage. The shock should not be used if any of the exterior parts appear to be damaged. Check that quick-release levers or thru-axle pinch bolts are properly adjusted and tightened.
You can also view a Flash video on Setting Sag. Measure sag , and compare it to the recommended sag setting shown in the Air Spring Setting Guidelines table below.
Continue if the sag is not to specification.
Do not over-tighten. Add air pressure until desired pressure is shown on the gauge.
Refer to the Air Spring Setting Guidelines table below for the proper sag setting. The proper rebound setting is a personal preference, and changes with rider weight, riding style and conditions.
A rule of thumb is that rebound should be as fast as possible without kicking back and pushing the rider off the saddle. The ProPedal lever allows for on-the-fly ProPedal adjustment. ProPedal damping reduces pedal-induced suspension bob.
The two ProPedal lever settings are:. Use each setting to adjust the shock for different riding conditions and situations.
To determine which ProPedal position is better for your condition and situation, pedal the bicycle and monitor the shock movement. Switch between positions and select the one that reduces suspension movement most effectively while providing the desired amount of bump absorption.
Because suspension designs and riding skills vary, optimal settings can vary from bike to bike and rider to rider. For more precise ProPedal tuning and to further eliminate pedal-induced bob while maintaining bump compliance, adjust the ProPedal knob.
As with the ProPedal lever, switch positions and select a setting that reduces suspension movement most effectively while providing the desired amount of bump absorption.
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The ProPedal knob settings are denoted by the numbers etched onto the ProPedal knob. The three ProPedal knob settings are:. Lift the ProPedal knob see frame 2 in the drawing below.
Turn the ProPedal knob clockwise relative to the ProPedal knob facing the user until the selection you want—1, 2, or 3—is aligned with the ProPedal lever 3.
The ProPedal knob clicks twice per setting as it turns. The first click occurs as you exit the current setting; the second click as you engage the new setting.
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Push the ProPedal knob into its new position 4. It should only be adjusted while in a stationary position. Shock Travel in. Sag in.