Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
The purpose of the pre-load adjusters is to get the suspension into about the middle of its travel for the loaded riding weight of the rider & pax.
Our bikes take about 40mm of sag (set with the preload adjusters). Raise the front tire off the floor with full suspension extension and put a cable tie around one upper fork leg down against the seal. Get on the bike and balance. Get off, raise the front, and measure how far the tie was pushed up. Adjust the preload and check again to get 40 mm. Do the same for the rear with a helper measuring from axle to fender. Note how many lines show on the top of the shock for your final setting. For two up, just crank the adjuster all the way up, then return to your setting for solo riding.
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