Unlocking the Ideal Bike Suspension Setup


Your bike’s suspension is its beating heart, absorbing bumps and keeping you comfortable and in control on the trail. But a poorly set-up suspension can hinder your performance and even lead to injuries. Here’s a breakdown of the key aspects to consider when dialling in your ideal bike suspension setup:

Understanding the Basics

Most mountain bikes have two main suspension components – a fork at the front and a shock at the rear. Both are designed to compress and rebound, soaking up impacts and maintaining tire contact with the ground.

  1. Setting Sag:

Sag is the amount your suspension compresses under your weight when you’re seated on the bike. It’s a crucial starting point for fine-tuning your suspension. Manufacturers typically recommend a sag percentage (usually between 20-30%) for your specific bike model.

  1. Adjusting Compression and Rebound:

These dials control how quickly your suspension compresses (compression) and rebounds after a bump (rebound). A good starting point is to set them slightly firmer for climbing and technical sections, and slightly softer for descents and rough terrain.

  1. Fine-Tuning for Your Riding Style:

There’s no one-size-fits-all suspension setup. Experiment with different settings to find what suits your riding style and terrain. Aggressive riders might prefer a stiffer setup for better control, while endurance riders might prioritise a softer setup for comfort on long rides.

  1. Weight Matters:

Remember, rider weight significantly impacts suspension performance. If you’re much lighter or heavier than the average rider for your bike model, you might need to adjust air pressure or spring rates in your fork and shock to achieve optimal sag.

  1. Seek Professional Help (if needed):

For complex adjustments or if you’re unsure about any aspect of suspension setup, don’t hesitate to seek help from a qualified bike mechanic. They can guide you through the process and ensure your suspension is dialled in perfectly for your needs.

Suspension Components from BETD

Having the right components plays a crucial role in achieving optimal suspension performance. Here at BETD, we offer a wide range of top-quality replacement suspension components, from fork seals and linkage bolts to bearings and spacer sets. Shop our collection of bike parts online today, or speak to our team to find the perfect parts to unlock the full potential of your bike’s suspension system.