The National motocross teams arrive
early at each event. Likewise with GNCC teams, and at National and World Enduro
rounds. Notice, how many top riders in these events "tweak" there
settings between motos and at gas stops etc. That is because they are seeking
to Balance the suspension front to rear. They are adapting the settings to the
terrain on a given day.
WHY Because, IF... you work with these settings, systematically
one a time... you can acquire knowledge and understanding... Experience.. You
begin to recognize, how this amazing technology.. that is the complete
suspension package works.
What is High Speed Compression: It is all about the shock PISTON speed …
Square edges… Think when the rear wheel is driven into a four inch high edge
like a curb. The piston is driven like a
bullet from a gun. This forces a lot of shock oil through the piston, more than
it can handle.
The High speed circuit is in play, as
the oil pushes against and displaces a spring. This is the spring that the High
Speed Nut preloads.
is Low Speed Compression… Basically,
think smaller edges 2inch stuff and
rolling terrain like hitting woops a bit slower and your wheels are not leaving
the ground. Like when you just stand
beside your bike and hold the front brake and compress the fork, or aside the
bike put a foot on the foot peg and press down. This is SLOW piston speed. No
sharp or square edges that are high enough to "shoot" the piston into High Speed, think explosive acceleration.
relevant, is that these two
adjustments overlap or effect each other. Which is why we always do one thing
at a time.
The CNC milled 17mm 12 point wrench slips over the High Speed Compression
hex nut, and is held in place with a 3mm "pinch bolt". No more need
to pack a heavy 17mm wrench in your tool kit.
You are now able to just stop and reach down and make a change, no time lost or
frustration to remove gear and dig in a pack for a wrench. Rotate CW ..more
damping or CCW softer damping, and immediately ride / test
your change. You are feeling the "active ride height". Just like the
shock spring, the dampening "holds" the bike up. . And remember, the
rear shock valve settings affect the Feel of the front end. Why, for instance a
firmer compression setting will transmit more forces to the front. These setting change the weight bias, or
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