Learn the Basics

Getting started

Weigh yourself with the equipment you usually carry on your ride.  If you carry a pack with a water bladder fill it with half the amount of liquid you usually start your rides with.

Your suspension settings take into account bar height and bar width. To start with, ensure you have the recommended amount of spacers between the headset top cap and stem, and that your handlebars are cut to the recommended width. Moving away from this will shift your weight on the bike and affect how we intend your settings to ride. Air up your tires to the recommended pressure.

To ensure you are able to get an accurate and repeatable pressure reading in your fork and shock, follow these steps when you add or remove air:

  1. Attach digital shock pump to air valve (analog gauges don’t have the accuracy needed for modern air springs).
  2. Inflate to required air pressure, in 40psi increments, equalizing at each increment. To equalize the positive and negative air chambers, cycle the fork/shock through 30% of its travel 5 times.
  3. Take an air pressure reading. It is very important to equalize the air chambers to get an accurate reading. Lift the front wheel off the ground by the handlebar, or hold the saddle elevated and to keep the rear wheel off the ground. Then check the pump gauge.
  4. As you approach your target pressure, add smaller increments of air, repeating step 3 until the required air pressure is reached.

To set the damper adjustments for rebound and compression:

  1. Turn all adjusters fully clockwise (fully in). Note, not all adjusters have a hard stop – the fully in position is considered the final resting “click”. *
    * Note, some forks have sweep style adjusters and “clicks” are counted clockwise (in) from fully counter-clockwise (out)
  2. Count the required number of “clicks” counter-clockwise (out).


Over the course of a bike’s development, we test with a wide variety of riders (height, weight, sex, skill level) and terrain. As a result, we can provide precise setup guidelines to ensure your bike is riding the way we intend it to.

Our development methods focus on managing the rider’s center of gravity in a bike’s intended environment. Understanding how a rider’s center of gravity differs from person to person is key to this process. More information can be found here: Ride AlignedTM