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after some trial and error and having the bike looked over by a few people i trust and who have a bunch of experience setting up bikes, below are the current settings. a few variables that matter first:

- i'm 205lbs without gear. 6'3" tall
- tires are pirelli super corsa SP's (180/55 in the rear)
- riding style is spirited (no commuting miles on the bike, all twisties and canyon riding or track days)

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preload at 3rd line (about a half a turn less preload than stock)
rebound - 5 clicks out from full hard
compression - 5 clicks out from full hard

rear:
preload set to one rung away from full hard
rebound - 3/4 turn out from full hard.

in general i prefer the rear to be on the high side and the front to be on the lower side so the bike has a forward bias. prefer the bike to compress under braking as it helps with direction when trail braking.

so far so good, i'll let you know if i change things.
 

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after some trial and error and having the bike looked over by a few people i trust and who have a bunch of experience setting up bikes, below are the current settings. a few variables that matter first:

- i'm 205lbs without gear. 6'3" tall
- tires are pirelli super corsa SP's (180/55 in the rear)
- riding style is spirited (no commuting miles on the bike, all twisties and canyon riding or track days)

front:

preload at 3rd line (about a half a turn less preload than stock)
rebound - 5 clicks out from full hard
compression - 5 clicks out from full hard

rear:
preload set to one rung away from full hard
rebound - 3/4 turn out from full hard.

in general i prefer the rear to be on the high side and the front to be on the lower side so the bike has a forward bias. prefer the bike to compress under braking as it helps with direction when trail braking.

so far so good, i'll let you know if i change things.
Your settings a pretty much the same as mine that I found thru trial and error... have to say I have no complaints with this set up.. even wondering if I really need a Nitron rear shock that I've had me eye on...
 

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I'm 154lbs, I have rear preload the the second softest and the same rebound as your? I feel a ltitle harsh with the shock. Should I stiffen or soften the rebound?
 

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Same settings on the front as mine which I got by playing about with myself but switched the back for a nitron ntr1 and a 55 profile tyre and I bloody love it.
 

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I'm 154lbs, I have rear preload the the second softest and the same rebound as your? I feel a ltitle harsh with the shock. Should I stiffen or soften the rebound?
when you say "Harsh" is it like a rock when hitting a bump? Does your backside keep getting bounced out of the seat?
You're a lighter guy, you might just need more rebound but we'd all probably need a better description than "harsh" to make any reasonable assumptions;)
 

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I'm 154lbs, I have rear preload the the second softest and the same rebound as your? I feel a ltitle harsh with the shock. Should I stiffen or soften the rebound?
I'm a little bit heavier than you. I had my preload the same as you and rebound half a turn out. They seemed to be the best I could get but found it still really hard on certain bumps and very bouncy on others.
I bought a nitron its a massive improvement.
 

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Thank you. Do you think softest preload would help, especially with 1/2 rebound? I'm tempted to get the R1 Nitron but having some difficulties with shipping. How long does it take u to change the shock?
I'm a little bit heavier than you. I had my preload the same as you and rebound half a turn out. They seemed to be the best I could get but found it still really hard on certain bumps and very bouncy on others.
I bought a nitron its a massive improvement.
 

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Thank you. Do you think softest preload would help, especially with 1/2 rebound? I'm tempted to get the R1 Nitron but having some difficulties with shipping. How long does it take u to change the shock?
You might as well try the softest preload, I thought about it but never got around to trying it, you can always change it back.
The shock took ME a couple of hours to replace but I could do it alot faster now, I removed a few things I didn't need to and I spent alot of time trying to get the new shock in, the trick seems to be to angle the shock left to right as well as forward.
 

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Wow...2 clicks rebound. I was at 6 and had a ridge on my tire leading edge. Thanks for the tips, I will try the softest and half turn and update the result.
 

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Just a few issues with write up. First off fat bars are standard, 2nd the bike does not have a hydraulic clutch and tyre pressure on the front was incorrect should be 36psi cold.
Just an observation but surely these writers should get the facts correct.
 
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Just a few issues with write up. First off fat bars are standard, 2nd the bike does not have a hydraulic clutch and tyre pressure on the front was incorrect should be 36psi cold.
Just an observation but surely these writers should get the facts correct.
Yep I was just going to say the same...very sloppy report..!!:|
 

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Just a few issues with write up. First off fat bars are standard, 2nd the bike does not have a hydraulic clutch and tyre pressure on the front was incorrect should be 36psi cold.
Just an observation but surely these writers should get the facts correct.
this guy is one of the foremost authorities on suspension tune up in the US. i think he knows what he's talking about. anyone who rides in a sporty way does not have 36psi cold, trust me
 

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I think this was pieced together from a video i saw 6 months ago when dave tuned the suspension at a race track for a guy.
He has people lining up for tuning and tire advice.
 

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Preload - 4.5 rings showing
Rebound - 2 clicks out from hard
Comp - 9 clicks out from hard
quite a difference between rebound and compression, i'm just curious why so? most rebound and compression settings are pretty close to one another in my experience.

4.5 rings showing on front preload given your weight makes sense, i'm 200lbs and have 3 rings showing, just a bit softer than stock setting

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Same settings on the front as mine which I got by playing about with myself but switched the back for a nitron ntr1 and a 55 profile tyre and I bloody love it.
I have a nitron r1 shock and have my front set the same and a 55 rear ! Since doing this I rarely see traction light flashing even on level 3 when riding quick... have you managed to see it ?
 

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I have a nitron r1 shock and have my front set the same and a 55 rear ! Since doing this I rarely see traction light flashing even on level 3 when riding quick... have you managed to see it ?
Never use level 3, only level 1 or off so I couldn't say. What I do know is the direction arrows are getting rubbed off on my M7RR on normal street riding so the setup is pretty sweet for me!
 
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