Adjust rear suspension
Prepare to fine-tune your shock
Work out what preload you need
Find out the shock’s total travel then aim to set your rear preload so the bike’s weight compresses it by about one fifth without a rider.
Loosen the top ring clear of the lower adjuster ring. Using a C-spanner, turn the ring clockwise to add preload, anticlockwise to decrease it.
Count the number of times you turn the adjuster ring, or measure the exposed thread showing when the locking nut is back in place to track your changes.
With preload set, now you can fine-tune your damping rates. Too much will give a harsh ride while too little will let the spring control the movement and will feel too fast.