Sorting Your Suspension - A guide to ATV suspension
When riding an all terrain vehicle there's many things that can affect how your bike rides. It’s important to pay attention to all the intricacies that keep your bike running. Learning to listen to your bike means you can stay safe and ride it at its full potential. One of our favorite things to tinker with is suspension. Whether you take your vehicle in for a service or purchase ATV suspension kits online and do it yourself, maintaining your bikes suspension is a great way to take care of and customise it.
Good suspension affects your bikes performance. It makes riding more comfortable, safer, increases handling and ride quality, and maintaining it slows down fatigue on your bike. If you’re looking to update your bikes suspension make sure you do your research. You want to make sure the suspension you go with or adjustments you make are suitable for your bike, the way and places you ride it, and your own personal preferences when riding.
We always advise riders to maintain or at least check in on their suspension as regularly as possible. This avoids things being a bigger job built up over time or posing a potential risk while you’re out riding. While as often as possible is ideal, there are some different factors that affect how often you need to check over your bike. How often you’re riding it, where you’re riding it, and how old the bike itself is, are all factors you need to keep in mind to maintain your bike to it’s best and safest quality.
When it comes to tinkering with suspension there are a few different areas you can focus on:
Preload suspension: you can either decrease or increase you preload suspension. Increasing your preload will stiffen your shocks, and decreasing it will soften it. Adjust this according to your body weight as it primarily affects your ride height.
Compression suspension: controls how your shocks or springs act when you land from jumps or hit bumps. You can adjust this to affect how easy or hard it is for your suspension to squeeze together on impact.
Rebound suspension: This is the counterpart to compression suspension. It controls how quickly your shock or spring returns to normal after being compressed on a jump or bump.
If the time has come to sort out your suspension you have one of two options. You can take your bike into the experts and let them handle it or you can get hands on and take on the job yourself. It’s a chance to get to know the inner workings of your bike even better and customise it. The most important thing when working on your own bike is safety. One wrong step could turn things potentially very dangerous next time you ride. If you’re unsure, research or get the help you need. Once of the best tips we give for those going DIY is to make notes. Note your default settings, change things one at a time, and note down everything you do. This way if something isn’t right you can go back step by step and fix it.