We have already explained how to tune the spring characteristic of a Fox Float CTD Shock (klick) and a RockShox Pike Fork (klick) to your personal needs. Today we show you how you can customize the air chamber size of a RockShox Monarch shock to suit your weight and riding style.
Every bicycle manufacturer spends (before the presentation of a bike) a lot of time working with suspension experts, finding the correct tune for the bikes suspension characteristics. Nevertheless, it can sometimes happen that the performance of the shock is not perfect for every rider.
For some the rear is too progressive, not using enough of the suspension travel, with the shock chopping through too quickly and not giving not enough feedback from the ground.
If you are having problems with your shock performance, you can easily adjust the characteristics by adjusting the air chamber volume of the shock. If your shock is too linear, it is advisable to reduce the air chamber volume, if it is too progressive and does not use much suspension travel, the air chamber volume should be increased. We will now walk you through this process, and show you how it works:
- valve screwdriver
- Pick or long nose pliers
We continue next Monday with the next exciting topic for your bike!
Words: Christoph Bayer / Trevor Worsey Picutres: Christoph Bayer