How to Set Up Mountain Bike Suspension Sag

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Setting up mountain bike suspension sag

Having your suspension set up correctly for you is critical. It affects so many aspects of your riding, from grip and traction to confidence and safety. If you’ve just taken your bike straight from the box and hit ‘set and forget’ it may not deliver the best ride for you.

Setting suspension can be daunting at first with a mirage of dials, clicks, pluses and minuses to fiddle with. With this in mind, we’ve gone back to basics to help you set up your mountain bike suspension, with the first step being, setting your sag:

11 steps to setting up your mountain bike suspension sag

  1. Wear full riding kit, including fully-packed backpack plus water
  2. Rest bike against suitable structure or get someone to help
  3. Step on pedals / clip in
  4. Set o-rings to base position
  5. Assume the attack position
  6. Don’t bounce, allow suspension to settle
  7. Reset o-rings to base position whilst still standing on bike
  8. Step off bike, ensuring not to compress the suspenion further
  9. Measure position of o-rings from top of seal
  10. Calculate SAG measurement against full stroke length
  11. Approx settings: 20% firm, 25% neutral, 30% soft setup

Tick, tick, tick, tick…

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