WITH BETA USA CREW CHIEF ZACK HUBERTY
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.