Just got your stuff back? Here's some helpful information to get you familiar with your PUSH'd suspension.
Details on the settings card:
Our techs dial in your suspension based on the information we were given at the time of service (rider weight, frame make, riding style). The numbers you see filled in on your settings card are where your tech thinks you'd get optimum performance out of your suspension for your application. We call this your starting point. We highly encourage you to try out these settings first. From there, you can make modifications based on your terrain, if you desire a more plush or firm feel, etc.
Air Pressure: for air shocks, the air pressure is actually working as your spring. The air pressure also controls ride height (a.k.a., sag) and bottoming. The necessary pressure is determined by bike make and rider weight. Recommended ride height is between 25% (recommended for cross country applications) and 33% sag (for aggressive trail applications). To get less sag, simply add air pressure; to get more sag, remove air pressure. We recommend checking your air pressure before getting on your bike. Remember: every time you connect your shock pump, it removes roughly 5psi.
Preload: for coil-over shocks, the preload is the amount the installed coil is compressed before the rider's weight is applied. Although the spring rate is what ultimately controls ride height and bottoming, preload affects the ride height/sag, and so can be used as a method to slightly modify your sag. This is obtained by turning the spring collar up or down the threaded body. If you do adjust your preload, be sure to not go over two and a half turns from zero preload.
Compression (or Propedal)/Rebound settings: Compression settings control how much damping is occurring during compression. More compression will lead to a firmer feel, and less compression will lead to a plusher feel. Full close (dial moved clockwise until it cannot turn anymore) is the firmest possible setting, and vice versa. Propedal is FOX's name for low speed compression, which is the compression tuning that isolates the rider-induced movements and helps the bike pedal more efficiently. It reduces the amount of pedal bob that people complain about in a full suspension bike. The rebound setting controls how much rebound damping is occurring during rebound or extension. More rebound damping will elicit a slow, very controlled extension. Less rebound damping will cause a quicker extension. Full close (dial moved clockwise until it cannot turn anymore) is the slowest possible rebound. (Note: DO NOT force dials further than their intended range.)
For more details on certain FOX products and how their external adjusters work, please visit this link for older models (Float R, RPs, RLC, etc.) and here for newer models (CTDs). For a detailed insight on high and low speed compression, please read below.
Factory Fork System Elite/ Factory MX Tune
Did you add one of our high-speed/low-speed compression assembly knobs to your suspension? Here are some helpful tips for your new adjusters:
Low Speed Compression or LSC (the blue dial) - this is the setting used for better small bump compliancy such as small, frequent impacts and pedal-induced movement. This also changes the feel at the top of the shock/fork.
High Speed Compression or HSC (the gold dial) - this setting is used for larger hits, drops, and jumps. It changes the feel at mid and end shock/fork stroke.
Recommended Service Intervals
We recommend full rebuilds every 12-18 months with average riding time (2-3x/week) for your FOX fork and/or shock. If you're riding more often, you may need to rebuild it sooner.
For FOX Float shocks: we recommend Air Sleeve services every 3-6 months to maintain your shock's performance. Air Sleeve Seal Kits can be purchased at many local bike shops or directly from Fox Racing Shox. (Please note that we do not offer Air Sleeve services.)
For all other recommended service intervals, please refer to your FOX owner's manual.