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Looking for feedback for my approach to suspension adjustment

I am Looking for feedback for my approach to suspension adjustment. My latest approach is as follows. I sent both the compression and rebound damping to standard. Then I used the ďzip tieĒ method to set my front preload. since I donít do a lot of sport riding I am more focused on comfort and stability. So I adjusted the front preload to where the zip tie sat at approximately 1 1/4 inches from bottom out For my normal riding. This setting was obtained by setting the fork preload to just below one. I have observed that it takes two full turns of the adjuster to move the preload one full segment on the adjuster. This translates to 25% of the full preload available on the front fork. The rear preload has adjustment increments which translates to roughly 14% per position ( there are seven preload positions available ). The closest position to 25% was the second sofrest position which is actually 30% of max. based on the assumption that both front and rear preload should be the same, I included another 1/4 inch turn on the front to match the rear at least mathematically. then I started to dial in the front and rear damping adjustments. As it turns out the settings for damping I settled on were roughly the same percentage as I ended up using on the preload adjustment. this was a surprise to me because I thought that these adjustments were more or less non linear since the shock springs are progressive. I am still making fine tweaks to my damping settings but overall I am pretty happy with the bikes performance using this method. I was on the verge of taking my bike to a suspension specialist to get it tuned to see what they could do for me. But after going through this process I feel very confident that I can adjust my suspension myself to get the best overall performance for my own personal riding situation. Looking forward to any comments on this post.
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all i can say is ..if it feels good to you thats all that matters...you can second guess all year long to the point you wont enjoy your ride thinking if its right......you can watch every video on youtube but it all will come down to how it feel to you....im 180 185 with riding gear.....have 4 rings showing 12 clicks open on rebound an dampening could be 11 ....shock on 1 the softest setting..rebound if i remember closed it a bit from half............i do have a tie around fork and for most part it stays 1 to 1 1/4 from bottom....i like a some what soft ride and stable at highway fast speeds ...and this does it for me.......i think of it as hard or soft like the markings on the adjustments.......some make a big deal like its the most important thing.....sounds to me your on the right track.......ride on
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What do you mean by setting the preload to "just below 1"

Just less than 1 line showing? Or just less than 1 turn from max or min preload

This is how the manual shows it.

I don't do inches anymore but to me it seems if you have too much preload; as of 114mm (4.4") total travel you are not using the last 35mm (1.25") of travel (over 30%) making the suspension more likely to top out - If you want more comfort I would have though less preload would make it more comfortable.

I weigh over 100KG (220lb ) in gear and i have just over 4 lines showing, so not much preload, BTW 1 full turn of the front adjusters give 1 mm preload

But if it makes you more happy I'm happy for you
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