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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 weights as well as bike geometry numbers to get the most accurate starting point for bike setup.

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  2. This is a complex frequency based spring rate calculator to determine rear spring rates for Trail and Enduro MTB.

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

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

    It makes several assumptions to reduce the user input down to just one variable (rider weight).  If you want a more accurate calculator and/or one that calculates rear shock spring rate then use one of our Advanced Bike Spring Rate Calculators here.

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