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Carver Handbook: How do I adjust my damper?

The damping is regulated by valves inside. The flow of oil through these valves slows down the speed at which the suspension fork extends or compresses and prevents the suspension from “rocking” after an obstacle. In this way, the reaction to obstacles can be optimized.

Setting the "Rebound"

On suspension forks with adjustable rebound damping, the rebound speed (rebound) can be set slower or faster using a (usually red) adjustment knob. If there is a second (usually blue) button, the compression speed (compression level) can be adjusted and/or the lockout function can be activated.

Begin the adjustment process with the damping fully open (rebound and compression to “-”). Grip the handlebars with both hands and pull the front brake. Now put your entire weight on the front fork and suddenly give in again. The fork will rebound at almost the same speed as you compressed it.
Now turn the red adjustment knob in the direction “+”.
Press the fork down again with the front wheel brake pulled and just as suddenly release it again. You will notice that the rebound process is a little slower.
Repeat this pressing and releasing with the rebound damping increasingly tightened. This gives you a feel for how the rebound damping works.
Typically, the rebound is set so that it rebounds slightly when braked, but not at a crawling rate. Delayed rebound that ends in creep is definitely excessive damping.
Then drive over an obstacle (e.g. down a curb) and turn the rebound damping in small steps just enough (in the “+” direction) until the suspension fork does not rock more than once or a maximum of twice after compression and rebound. Always check any changed settings during a test drive off-road.

Setting the “Compression”

In some cases, suspension forks also have compression damping. The typical compression damping - or in some suspension forks the high-speed compression damping - slows down the compression process when driving over an obstacle at high speed. A high compression speed would otherwise possibly cause the fork to bottom out.

Weaker damping ensures good response, but may cause the suspension fork to deflect too much or wobble when riding quickly when driving quickly over obstacles, such as ledges. If the damping is too strong, the suspension will harden and therefore reduce ride comfort.

If you have set the “Sag” correctly as described above and the fork works properly during a normal test ride, but then the fork bottoms out in extreme situations, you can increase the compression damping slightly.

Here too, work click by click, because compression damping that is too tight prevents the suspension fork from fully utilizing its travel. Tuning the compression damping can be a lengthy process that must be carried out consciously and always in small steps.

Here too, start with the lowest level, i.e. the adjustment button/wheel must be turned completely towards “-” or “open”.

Always check any changed settings during a test drive off-road.

If you have problems adjusting the damping, either contact a bicycle retailer in your area or use the contact form .

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