How do I make my mountain bike suspension softer?

How do I make my mountain bike suspension softer?

If you need a harder or softer spring, buy a new coil spring. That’s it. Using a spring that’s too soft (ie. too low a air pressure) will result in suspension that wallows about too deep into its travel and bottoms out too easily.

Can you adjust coil suspension on mountain bike?

On coil shocks or forks, the rider may need to swap out springs to achieve the correct amount of sag. In an air fork or air shock, riders use a shock pump to achieve the correct sag setting. To set sag (on a common air shock), start by pushing the o-ring to the top of the stroke and then carefully sit on your bike.

What should you adjust when setting up suspension?

This is the first thing you should adjust when setting up suspension. A higher amount of sag (measured in percentages) will mean more suppleness, while less sag will be stiffer and harsher feeling. As sag is measured in percentages, longer travel bikes usually use more sag compared to shorter travel bikes.

How do I adjust the air pressure on my bike suspension?

Remove pressure from the rear shock 10 psi at a time and repeat the trail. Stop when the bike feels good over small bumps and maintains traction. Make a note of the optimised pressure. Your fork air spring rate is too low. Add pressure to the suspension fork 5 psi at a time and repeat the trail. Stop when the fork dives less and gives good support.

How do I adjust the SAG on my shock absorbers?

To achieve the correct sag, add or remove air from the air-spring as needed and repeat. Many manufacturers will have a suggested sag setting, but if not, we recommend a base setting of 30%. If you require less sag simply add air to the shock, if you require more sag lower the air pressure.

How do I adjust the rebound on my forks and shocks?

Most forks and shocks are designed to perform best in the middle their rebound adjustment range, so by setting the rebound dial midway through the range of adjustment you can arrive at a default starting position from which you can increase or decreases your rebound speed to suit your needs.