MTB Spring Preload

Spring preload is the compression applied to the shock’s spring when at rest, using the preload adjuster ring. The preload adjustment is used to achieve the optimal amount of sag and proper ride height.


HOW TO USE IT:

INCREASING THE PRELOAD

To increase the preload on your spring, turn the preload ring clockwise. Increasing the preload will increase the ride height, thus reducing the sag. This will result in a more responsive ride. Be careful not to apply too much preload. This can cause “coil binding”, which is when the coils of the spring rub against each other under compression. This can damage the spring, the shock and can be dangerous for the rider.

REDUCING THE PRELOAD

To reduce the preload on your spring, turn the preload ring counterclockwise. Reducing the preload will decrease the ride height, thus increasing the sag. This will result in a more comfortable ride. Make sure to apply enough preload so the spring is firmly held in place and doesn’t spin freely on the shock.

 


 

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