Learn to use your forks prop­erly

Con­trolled move­ment for great han­dling

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Un­til the mid-1990s, most bikes fea­tured cheap damper-rod forks with overly soft springs and damp­ing that worked only at spe­cific sus­pen­sion speeds. Tun­ing in those days was pretty much lim­ited to fit­ting pro­gres­sive-rate springs and chang­ing the fork oil to broaden the per­for­mance win­dow.

How­ever, sports­bikes switched over to car­tridge de­signs in the ’90s. These of­fer much more con­sis­tent per­for­mance, sep­a­rate

re­bound and com­pres­sion damp­ing func­tions and can be tuned more pre­cisely over a larger range. If you are se­ri­ous about racing, the in­ter­nals can be changed for more pre­cisely ma­chined parts work­ing in a dif­fer­ent range to re­flect the use you’ll be putting them to, hus­tling the bike around a track lap af­ter lap.

‘Car­tridge forks of­fer much more con­sis­tent per­for­mance’

Mod­ern forks can be more pre­cisely tuned over a larger range Plenty to fid­dle with here; how much con­trol do you want?

THE EX­PERT Gareth Evans Worked in Bri­tish Su­per­bikes for many years, be­fore start­ing Re­ac­tive Sus­pen­sion in 2002. He now runs the Mo­tor­cy­cle Sus­pen­sion School, at Re­ac­tive Sus­pen­sion based in Sut­ton on the For­est near York

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