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dougmeyer


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posted June 10, 2007 09:26 PM        
My Suspension settings

I set my bikes up so they work on the street, where and how I ride. The roads around here often have sharp ripples which can upset the bike if it's too stiff, especially in front compression. Track settings would certainly be different, and silky smooth roads would allow for more compression.

Front spring pre-load. I added preload to minimize the initial front end dive when hitting the brakes. Too much at first, but ended up with the third line just under the top surface of the cap. A small change can really be felt here.
Front compression- 2 turns out ( there are just over 3 available,which means I'm using about 30% of the available damping)
Front rebound 9 clicks out.

Rear compression 2 1/2 turns out (You need a 3.5mm ball driver to adjust the rear compression- it's the only way).
Rear rebound 2 1/2 clicks out
These changes made quite a difference for me. There is a corner on my route that is a 70 mph sweeper and has a series of ridges right about at the apex. Before these changes, the bike would wiggle the bars and skip a couple feet towards the outside, now it soaks up the bumps and holds the line. When you jump on the brakes, the dive is less abrupt and the front end stays composed. If I had the right tool, I'd have taken some preload out of the rear spring. I'll have to work on that. Remember, since this bike is so light, your body weight is probably more than 1/3 of the total weight of the bike and rider and your weight will have a lot to do with your settings.

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posted June 12, 2007 05:22 AM        
Thanks Doug!
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Paul Sonderfan


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posted June 12, 2007 06:04 AM        
For reference, how much do you weigh?
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dougmeyer


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posted June 13, 2007 08:40 PM        
I think 180, but the scale in the doctor's office said 190 pounds. Must be a bad scale....
Probably mfg. by the same idiots that filled out my birth certificate with the wrong decade.

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