SAG-SET­TING TIPS

WITH BETA USA CREW CHIEF ZACK HUBERTY

Dirt Rider - - Pro Secrets Wrenching - Story And Photo By Shan Moore

Prop­erly set­ting your bike’s sag is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do to make sure it han­dles its best. Zack Huberty, crew chief for Beta USA’S off-road team, says no mat­ter what method you use to set sag, the key is con­sis­tency. “You’re try­ing to elim­i­nate all the vari­ables, so find a method that works for you and do it ex­actly the same way ev­ery time.” Huberty pro­ceeded to tell Dirt Rider mag­a­zine his top tips for get­ting con­sis­tent sag set­tings. WANT MORE Keep up with the Beta USA team at be­tausa.com.

1) No mat­ter what method you use—like set­ting the sag when the sus­pen­sion is hot or set­ting it when it’s cold—the main thing is to stay con­sis­tent and do it the same way ev­ery time. Gen­er­ally, for Drew [Hig­gins], we set the sag when the sus­pen­sion is cold with

Drew wear­ing all of his gear.

2) The ideal place to set sag is on a per­fectly flat sur­face. If you are at the track, then try to find the most level place you can find. You’d be sur­prised how much be­ing on a slight

in­cline will change the read­ings.

3) If you’re go­ing to wear a hy­dra­tion sys­tem dur­ing the race, then wear it with wa­ter in it when you’re set­ting your sag.

4) Set your sag with three-quar­ters of a tank of fuel. If you set the sag with a full tank, once you start the race the set­ting is only go­ing to get far­ther off as you burn fuel. A full tank can amount to as much as 15 pounds of weight.

5) Where you sit on the seat makes a dif­fer­ence. Sit in your most nat­u­ral rid­ing po­si­tion when set­ting your sag. If you ride up near the fuel tank most of the time, then that’s

where you want to sit when set­ting your sag. An inch for­ward or back­ward on the seat can change your sag set­tings. 6) Don’t worry about set­ting sag on a new bike right off the floor or out of the crate

be­cause ev­ery­thing is go­ing to set­tle on the bike af­ter 30 min­utes to an hour of rid­ing, which will throw the sag off. You’re bet­ter off get­ting the sag in the ball­park then rid­ing it for 30 min­utes and then zero-in on your sag set­tings.

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