MAS­TER YOUR SUS­PEN­SION

KEEP YOUR RIDES BUMP-FREE

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One thing that can de­rail any MTB ride, no mat­ter how skil­ful you are, is poor sus­pen­sion set- up. Most moun­tain bikes have at least a front sus­pen­sion fork, and many have a shock ab­sorber in the rear as well. These make big bumps al­most dis­ap­pear as you roll over them. But they only work if you have them set to their ac­tive po­si­tions.

With time, you’ll learn the finer nu­ances of set­ting your sag (how much travel you use up just sit­ting on the bike) and re­bound. But what you def­i­nitely should know is how to lock out and/ or open up your sus­pen­sion, so you don’t ac­ci­den­tally roll out onto a crazy-tech­ni­cal trail with a fully rigid bike.

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