set up your bike

Your bike can be adjusted to your specific taste to get the most out of it. Learn the basics about suspension setup, brake lever position and more.

fork setup

To achieve the best performance from your fork suspension, adjust the air pressure to attain your proper sag setting. Sag is the amount your suspension compresses under your weight and riding gear. Sag range should be set to 15–20% of the total fork travel.

 

Unscrew the air cap on top of the left fork leg counter-clockwise to expose the Schrader valve.

Pump your fork to the appropriate pressure starting points, then remove the pump.

weight in kg

60 – 69

70 – 79

80 – 90

90 – 99

100 – 110

pressure in psi

70 – 74

74 – 85

85 – 93

93 – 107

107 – 115

Using your forks sag setting o-ring on the left upper tube, slide the o-ring  down against the fork dust wiper. Make sure that your compression adjusters are in the Open position. Rotate the compression lever to the Open mode (fully counter-clockwise).

 

If you have a 3-Position Remote fork, set the fork to Open mode. If you have LSC or HSC/LSC adjust, make sure all adjusters are open (fully counter-clockwise).

Dressed to ride (including a filled hydration pack, if you use one), position your bike next to a wall or table to support yourself. Mount your bicycle. Assume your riding position for at least 10 seconds, allowing the suspension to fully settle. Make sure you distribute your weight evenly between the saddle, handlebars and pedals.

 

While in your riding position, slide the o-ring down against the fork dust wiper. Dismount your bike without bouncing, to avoid further moving the o-ring. Measure the distance between the dust wiper and the o-ring. This is your sag measurement.

bike

M7

M9

M97

firm

23 mm

21 mm

21 mm

plush

30 mm

28 mm

28 mm

Add or remove air pressure until your sag measurement is between 15-20% of your forks total travel. When sag measurement is correct, screw the air cap on clockwise until snug.

 

Do not exceed the maximum air pressure is 120psi.

shock setup

To achieve the best performance from your suspension, adjust the air pressure to attain your proper sag setting.

 

Sag is the amount your suspension compresses under your weight and riding gear. Sag range should be set to 25–30% of total shock travel.

 

In the table below you see the recommended shock pressure in relation to your total riding weight at 25% sag. If you prefer a bit plusher ride, then you will need about 20 psi less than shown in the table.

 

weight in kg

60 – 69

70 – 79

80 – 90

90 – 99

100 – 110

pressure in psi

160 – 210

210  – 260

260 – 310

310 – 330

330 – 350

Your total weight is your body weight including your clothes, shoes and backpack that you will be wearing during a ride.

 

First turn the 3-position lever to the OPEN mode and set the shock air pressure to match your body weight. With the air pump attached to the shock valve, slowly cycle your shock through 25% of its travel 10 times as you reach your desired pressure. This will equalize the positive and negative air chambers and will change the pressure on the pump gauge.

 

Do not exceed the maximum air pressure of 350psi.

brake levers

Position your brake lever so that when you reach out, your index finger grabs the very end of the lever. This gives you maximum braking power and confidence.

 

When you reach for the brakes, your arm, wrist, hand and finger should be in one line. Start with a 45 degree tilt if you ride mostly cross country. If you ride mostly steep downhill terrain, you can point the brake levers up a bit.

saddle

First of all make sure that your saddle is level. Then check how far forward or backward you want to like it.

 

Placing your saddle more backward gives you more room for descending. Placing it more forward feels better on steep climbs. Position it where it feels best for you to pedal powerfully and comfortably.

tire pressure

Having your tire pressure very high might make them impossible to pinch flat, but it will also drastically reduce your grip and increase discomfort; two things you definitely don’t want.

 

Experiment to see what works best for you. We recommend to start with 1.8 – 2.0 bars, considering you are riding tubeless on rocky terrain. If you want maximum traction, you may want to experiment with lower pressure, in the range of 1.2 – 1.4 bars.

 

The heavier, faster and more aggressive you are, the more air you need, depending on your tire size.

handle bar width

When building the bike for you, we customize the bike as much as we can for you, depending on your preferred handle bar width, if you are a man or woman and your height. But you can also tune the handle bar width yourself.

 

First rule is that it is safer to be narrow, although fashion is to go wider, even over 800mm width. The best test is to sit on your saddle with eyes closed and then have your hands grip the handlebar on any position they want. That might be your most appropriate natural position. You can then cut your handlebar to that length accordingly. 

tools and spares

Your mountain bike can take you to some pretty amazing places, meaning it’s important to take the right tools and spares to ensure you don’t end up stranded in those amazing places.

 

Lets start with an inner tube, tire levers, a multitool and small pump. If you go on longer rides, you might consider an extra set of disc brake pads, a spare quick-link in case you snap a chain.

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