DYNAMIC SUSPENSION TUNING
Taking you to suspension nirvana.
Correctly setup suspension can make a good bike feel amazing, but get it wrong and you can make an amazing bike feel terrible. Do you know how much sag you are running? Do you know what the rebound control on your fork does? If not, then it’s time to give your suspension some love. Mountain bike suspension is better than ever, but in order to function properly it needs to be set up correctly.Dynamic Suspension Tuning (DST) takes your suspension setup to the next level. A DST session will have a big impact on how your bike handles, climbs, and descends. Similar to a bike fit, dialed-in suspension settings will lead to improved comfort, handling, endurance, and overall riding experience.
With DST, we start by doing a base level set up with you and your bike called a Static Suspension Set Up, or SST. This service can be performed on its own and is a great starting point to give anyone an idea of the basics of their suspension components. The dynamic portion comes into play by having one of our trained suspension technicians meet you at the trailhead so we can ride with you, evaluate your riding style, then tune your suspension so you can feel the differences in multiple setups. We will also teach you the process so you can set up your suspension for any trail you may ride next.
The DST process will improve your ride no matter if you are flowing around Bent Creek, exploring the Fire Mountain trails in Cherokee or the magnificence of Pisgah National Forest. Call to set up your DST appointment today.
DYNAMIC SUSPENSION TUNING | 2 HOURS | $250
Modern-day suspension systems are capable of improving every rider's experience out on the trail, but often the benefits of a rider's suspension are being underutilized. The Dynamic Suspension Tuning (DST) Process was developed by Specialized Bicycle Components University (SBCU) and Specialized Pro athletes with the goal of delivering the highest level of suspension performance.
We start by completing a static setup in store and then we roll out to the designated spot to where we start to hit the trails to finely tune your suspension! By bracket testing the bike, we take your baseline settings (see below) and follow a defined, in-depth process to best tune your bike to your specific riding style and trails. We will focus on both rebound and compression during the dynamic tuning whilst also making sure you are well versed in how to set up your suspension just the way you like it when you are on your own! (Includes Baseline Static SetUp)
BASELINE: STATIC SETUP | 45 MINUTES | $100
A proper static suspension setup gives you your baseline settings. They play a crucial part in tuning because the baseline settings are the starting point for any tune. Your DST service starts with a static setup of both your front and rear suspension. Measurements are calculated and then used to dampen rebound and compression.
Rebound is the suspension movement that occurs as the spring forces the shock or fork to extend. Rebound damping helps the suspension to return to the proper position, after a bump or other irregularity causes the fork to compress, in a smooth and controlled motion. When your rebound is set properly the bike will settle quickly after a bump and won’t continue to bounce. Although you will still feel the bump, it will be smoother.
Compression damping attempts to keep the wheel from leaving the trail when going over a bump. Too soft and the wheel moves too quickly and travels further up in the stroke causing it to leave the road surface. Too hard and the energy doesn’t dissipate in the springs and instead travels to the steering head and frame causing the bike to “pop” up and again the wheel leaves the ground. It's about finding that sweet spot.
Call us today to help you fine tune your suspension.
WILL YOU TUNE MY SUSPENSION EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T BUY MY BIKE FROM YOU?
You bet! We want you to enjoy riding your bike whether you bought it from us or not. We work with all brands!
CAN A STATIC OR DYNAMIC TUNE BE DONE ON ANY BIKE?
Any hardtail or full suspension mountain bike with adjustable suspension components can be tuned.
I CAN GET MY SET UP FOR MY BIKE ONLINE, WHY DO I NEED DST?
Most manufacturers provide air pressure, rebound, and compression settings based on rider weight on their website, it is important to understand that these are just starting positions designed to safely get you on the trail.
Where you ride, how you ride, and even your position on the bike all factor into the bike’s ideal setting. The only way to truly determine the perfect setting for you and your bike is to dynamically tune the suspension in a real-world environment on the trails you ride, in the way you ride them.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
We really, really hate having to charge for no-shows and cancellations, but, unfortunately, they are extremely costly to us. We know that sometimes life gets in the way, but, to be fair to all our customers, our cancellation policy is as follows:
- Less than 48-hour cancellation - 25% of the deposit forfeit
- Less than 24-hour reschedule - 50% of the deposit forfeit
- Less than 24-hour cancellation or No Show - 100% of the deposit forfeit
- More than 15 minutes Late - Reschedule or cancellation (at our discretion)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Your bike: Your bike should be in good working order. If your fork, shock, and/or drivetrain are nearing their service interval, we recommend having that done prior to your Dynamic Suspension Tune to maximize the performance of your bike and accuracy of the tune.
Riding gear: You should show up for your tuning session with all the gear you normally ride with. This includes helmet, shorts, jerseys, shoes, hydration packs, water bottles, toolkit, and anything else that is on your body or your bike when you go ride.
Your personal shock pump: This isn't a necessity, but every pump can vary by a few psi. If you own one, we’ll use this during the tuning session so you can be confident you’re setting your bike up correctly every time you ride.
BOOK YOUR FIT
Currently we are only offering Dynamic Suspension Tuning services in our Asheville store. Email or call us to request a booking. A member of the store staff will be in touch in no time to arrange a suitable time for you to come in. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call (828) 633-2227.