Whether you are a road rider or a racer correct suspension setup is the key to fast smooth riding and consistent lap times To get the best out of your bike it needs to be set up for the conditions in which you will be riding It is considerably easier to set the bike up for the Track as you know what conditions will be like for the next hour or so and thus you can dial in the optimum settings for the that particular situation. To what extent you change your suspension settings will depend on whether your bike will also have to cope with riding on the road. Unlike Roads Tracks are generally smooth and grippy
So if you are only going to use the bike on the track you have the luxury of fitting harder springs and modifying the fork and shock internals If you ride on the road as well as the track you will probably want to keep a certain comfort level and concentrate on just optimising the current equipment With incorrect suspension setup, tire wear is increased and handling suffers, which in turn can result in rider fatigue Lap times can be dramatically slower and in extreme cases safety can be compromised Hopefully the following guide will help you dial in your suspension for faster and safer riding both on and off the track Firstly you will need to check the Fork and Shock sag: this is the amount the forks and rear shock settle under load To measure it do the following: push down on the forks a number of times to settle them, then mark the stanchion with a felt pen or put a cable tie where the dust seal is sitting. Next ask some for help to lift on the bars so the front wheel is just off the ground and measure the amount the forks have traveled down This is the static sag (or unladen sag), This can be changed by adjusting the spring preload (more preload = less sag)Repeat the same process for the rear, this time measuring the distance from the wheel spindle to a fixed point on the tail know you are ready to begin setting up your suspension The key is to do it a little at a time and make notes as you go.