Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
The preload sets the height of the suspension so you have an equal chance of neither topping out nor bottoming out. Set the preload so your sag is about 40 mm, both front & rear, from wheel in the air to you on the bike dressed & loaded for the ride. As the suspension breaks in & frees up it'll need readjustment.
Have you set the front compression and rebound damping, and rear rebound, to your liking? Those also require readjustment as the bike breaks in.
Rich at Sonic Springs knows more about suspension on stroms than anyone else here, and he sells springs with excellent advice about picking the spring rate. If you email him, pls let us all know what he suggests. We all do best with springs that suit our loaded riding weight.
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