1 Page Suspension Setup Guide

TShockcraft 1 Page Suspension Setup Guidehis is a basic setup guide produced by Shockcraft to help our customers get their suspension sorted.  The guide is for initial setup that can be easily and quickly done in a carpark, at a trail-head or at home.  Expect to fine-tune your settings more on the first few rides.

Tuning is not only rider size dependent, but terrain and aggression dependent.  More aggressive riders need more spring rate and more damping.  Choppier and rockier terrain can need less damping to let suspension move faster but not higher spring rate.  Faster riders need more spring rate (higher frequency) for both support and rebound speed.  Some people are happy to let suspension do it's thing as unhindered as possible, others want it wound down tight.

For further help with setup of coil suspension, try our bike spring rate calculators below.

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  1. This is a complex spring rate calculator to determine front and rear spring rates for Trail and Enduro MTB.

    Enter rider weight, bike weight and unsprung weight as well as bike geometry numbers to get the most accurate starting point for bike setup.
    IFP force see below.

    This calculator is frequency based and operates in a different way to every other spring calculator.
    It has been configured to work well for most XC through Enduro bikes in the 120-180 mm travel range.
    It has not been verified on DH bikes yet.  That work is still in progress.
    Sag numbers are based on the rider in the attack position.  Sag is difficult to measure, is affected by dozens of other variables and doesn't really matter unless your numbers are out enough to affect geometry and bike handling.

    You must purchase a voucher code to use this calculator.  The voucher code will be emailed to you after purchase and can only be used once.  Simply click add to cart and proceed through the checkout process to purchase a voucher code.  Your results (fork & rear shock spring rates & sag approximation) will be emailled.

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  2. This is a simple spring rate calculator to ball-park bike setup and provide front and rear spring rates.

    It makes several assumptions to reduce the user input down to just one variable (rider weight).  If you want a more complex calculator then use this one here.

    This calculator is frequency based and operates in a different way to every other spring calculator.
    It has been configured to work well for most trail and Enduro bikes in the 140-160 mm travel range.
    Rear shock leverage (average) is fixed at 2.8:1 which represents 160 mm of travel on a 57 mm stroke shock.
    Bike geometry is based around a 65 degree head angle and rider in the attack position.

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