How Front Suspension Works

EVER WONDERED WHAT GOES ON INSIDE THOSE DAMPERS ON YOUR MTB. This tells it all, great post

Adventures of a biker come bushcrafter.

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In every modern mountain bike fork, there are 3 key areas which make everything work. Damping, which covers both compression and rebound, and the spring, be it air or coil. This is a quick, basic insight into how the damping works on a couple of popular brands.

Damping is the means to reduce the size of oscillations in the fork when they hit a bump. Without it, the fork will act like a pogo stick and just continue to extend and compress after a bump. By using oil and slowing it as the fork compresses and rebounds, we can control the rate at which the fork absorbs the bump and returns to its original, static state.

Two different systems are used in both compression and rebound to control the oil flow-Shim stacks and adjustable sized holes or slits, generally referred to as port orifices or needle valves.

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