Finding that perfect set-up
As you've seen by now, i'm more a road cyclist than I am a mountain biker. I love mountain biking because it allows a lot more goofing around and doing crazy stuff than on my road bike. Not that I don't try on the road bike, I do.
Because i'm not on my mountainbike every week, I needed to set-up my suspension for the upcoming event. I think it's mostly going to be XC with a little bit of enduro down hill parts. That just seems like a lot of fun! With the suspension set correctly off course.
Bike on the car, and let's go!
I decided to go to Zoetermeer bike park. It's easy to get there, and it's a small 5km loop with has everything in it. Steep ascents, and tricky descents. Ideal for setting up suspension.
After just a few hundred meters I needed to adjust the rebound on my rear shock because it was throwing me off the bike every time there was a small bump in the road. After a few clicks adjustment, everything was much smoother and very comfortable. My front shock was set up correctly already. With the 3 different remote settings it's very easy to shift between settings.
Dropper post on XC bike?
A lot of people told me I was crazy to fit a dropper post on an XC bike. But after using it a lot, I'm totally satisfied with my choice.
It's easy to control and it gives me more room to move about to the rear when descending. I took some getting used to, especially choosing the moment to put the saddle down or up.
Here a video of me testing various things. In the end, i'm pretty happy with the result.
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