THE SEARCH FOR PER­FEC­TION

Me­chanic Dave Garland shares a few in­sights into keep­ing Danny Hart’s DH bike as fast as its owner

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On a race week­end, our goal is sim­ple – to pro­vide Danny with the per­fect race bike, which gives him as much grip as he needs, and to make sure it be­haves ex­actly how he wants for the en­tire week­end. Con­sis­tency is key. Any ad­just­ments we make are to find the grip that’s re­quired. That’s what the sus­pen­sion is there for – to keep the bike in con­sis­tent con­tact with the ground. Tyre pres­sures and spoke ten­sions can be ad­justed to com­ple­ment any sus­pen­sion ad­just­ments. Hav­ing too much grip can also be a prob­lem, though. If the bike doesn’t want to stand up again in the exit of a cor­ner, for ex­am­ple, we may need to make changes to fix that.

To make our jobs at the races go as smoothly as pos­si­ble, we’re test­ing all the time. There­fore, we know ex­actly what to ex­pect and how to solve any prob­lems that come up dur­ing a race week­end. We usu­ally test for a cou­ple of weeks be­fore a World Cup, so most ques­tions are an­swered be­fore we even ar­rive.

It’s im­por­tant to know your num­bers. If you make any changes to the bike, you need to know where you’re start­ing from. Tyre pres­sures, sus­pen­sion sag, re­bound and com­pres­sion damp­ing set­tings, reach and wheel­base – you need to be aware of all of th­ese de­tails if you’re mak­ing changes. Then you can note how each change af­fects the bal­ance of the bike and whether it’s ben­e­fi­cial or not.

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