What is your nominal ride height?

fuse

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https://accutuneoffroad.com/articles/how-fox-dsc-dual-speed-compression-adjusters-work/

This is neat stuff to be be aware of. I just barely understand what I'm reading, but it makes me want to know more.
Almost all the high end mountain bike shocks have this level of adjustability and more. On my Fox forks, I have high and low speed compression damping, rebound damping, and a low-speed platform to stabilize the fork against pedaling input. Oh, and a lock-out. One of the forks even has an on-the-fly travel adjust. But then we're on vehicles that weigh 1/6 of our body weight and we're moving around a lot -- and that's a lot of body English that the suspension has to deal with.

You need a big range of adjustability on mountain bikes, because rider weight varies a lot, so the sprung weight can be very different from one bike to the next. Most of the time you're using air spring pressure and volume spacers to get the spring rate right. Then you're tuning all the damping to match the spring rate and get the ride you want.

Tuning that stuff is tricky. You have to know what it all does and have a good feel for what the suspension is doing on the trail. And there's not always a right answer for the suspension tune. A lot of it depends on how the bike is set up and what you want to do with it.

I imagine it's similar when you're tuning a purpose-built rig.
 
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mrblaine

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I imagine it's similar when you're tuning a purpose-built rig.
Very much so and in conversations with a couple of tuners I trust, they relate that it even varies by driver in the same car. Sometimes the co driver will actually drive parts of the course and the tune for the driver is not the same tune for the co-dawg.
 

mrblaine

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This one turned out nice! It's interesting to see the differences on a purpose built rig and how they'd cause issues for other areas. Out in the rocks you have that one will be great.
I think the internet would be a whole bunch better if we could get folks answering questions to step outside their worlds and see what the other person is doing before they start insisting that their answer is correct.
 
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I think the internet would be a whole bunch better if we could get folks answering questions to step outside their worlds and see what the other person is doing before they start insisting that their answer is correct.
As long as we can still agree that some answers are just plain wrong. ;)

But really though, if you were saying that this build is correct and every other build is wrong, you'd have some very unhappy customers who want to drive to work in the morning when it's freezing cold out. Likewise, if I said that every build needed fender flares, there'd be some very unhappy people with bent flares that didn't do any good in the first place.

Add in some limitations of owners (bad joints, non-technical, more passengers, etc) and the range of "correct" expands even further even if they wheel in the same places as somebody else.