PRO SUSPENSION FOR JOE SOAP
A common complaint among mountain bikers is the inability to set up their suspension accurately – often, it’s total guesswork. Tens of thousands of rands worth of bike can be rendered totally inefficient (and even downright dangerous) if suspension isn’t correctly tuned.
Quarq’s ShockWiz is a small, automated, waterproof rear-shockand-fork tuning device that uses a highly sensitive pressure sensor and microprocessor to measure changes in your shock or fork’s air pressure, 100 times per second, while you ride.
Ride data is recorded and stored on the device, and easily downloaded to the ShockWiz smartphone app. Quarq’s algorithm (developed from thousands of hours of lab and real-world testing) analyses the data and suggests air pressure, spring rate, compression and rebound settings, all of which is displayed in the app.
If you don’t trust yourself, we’ve chatted to bike shops such as Stoke Suspension Works – who specialise in, er, suspension work – and they have plans to buy two Shockwiz’s, allowing customers the opportunity to fine-tune their own suspensions, with the help of the professionals.
So in 2018, there’ll be no excuse for venturing into the realm of suboptimal suspension set-ups…