K-TECH SUSPENSION WISDOM
“THE F3’S STANDARD suspension set-up was a good bit out. Curiously, it needed preload adding to the shock and removing from the forks. Normally you would find a bike needs preload adding or removed at both ends, but it’s quite unusual to have to add some at one end and remove it from the other. It’s as though no-one has bothered to check the settings at the factory...
“In the case of the damping settings, I was nearly at the end of the range available, which isn’t a problem because we did find a really nice set-up in the range available. I added one turn of preload to the shock to get to 13mm sag, and removed three turns of preload from the forks to get to 26mm sag. Then I added 2.5 turns to the rear compression to get to half a turn from fully in, and one turn to the rebound to get to two turns from fully in. Finally, I added two turns to the forks’ compression to get to one turn from fully in, and 1.5 turns to the front end’s rebound, to get to 1.5 turns from fully in”.
Standard shock setting needed a full turn of preload in order for it to work best for Rutter