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it came on a bike that I bought used and it is my first suspension fork. there are air valves on top of each leg and some sort of adjusters at the bottom of each. the fork doesnt move when i sit on the bike which i dont think is normal, i think its supposed to have some sort of "preload." (correct me if i'm wrong)

its hard to say if the fork has the correct amount of air since its my first fork so i dont know what a well setup fork feels like. i weigh 150 pounds.

help is appreciated :)
 

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about 45 to 50psi per leg at your weight would be my reccomendation. Also there is only an adjuster in the bottom of the left leg, thru the hollow allen bolt, for a 2.5mm long allen wrench, to adjust the rebound damping. Crank it clockwise (viewed from bottom) all the way for max rebound, then back off a quarter turn at a time until you find a setting you like. Lately I've been running 1 full turn out from max. There's only about 2 1/2 turns worth of adjustment as memory serves so small changes make a big difference (although you have to have a lot of hours on the fork to really detect the subtle variations, fortunetly as I have it on four bikes, all set the same pressure and rebound setting, I can pick up on the differences).
 

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squads said:
it came on a bike that I bought used and it is my first suspension fork. there are air valves on top of each leg and some sort of adjusters at the bottom of each. the fork doesnt move when i sit on the bike which i dont think is normal, i think its supposed to have some sort of "preload." (correct me if i'm wrong)

its hard to say if the fork has the correct amount of air since its my first fork so i dont know what a well setup fork feels like. i weigh 150 pounds.

help is appreciated :)
I might add, if the fork seems to not move when you sit on the bike, can you compress it by leaning hard on the bars? These forks seem to stick when not used, but after the first compression usually move freely. If it still seems very stiff, with ~45psi in both sides (by the way, I'm 150lbs and use 45psi), one problem that sometimes comes up, is leakage inside the left fork leg. Try loosening the bolt at the bottom (5mm Allen) and listen for hissing air, which would indicate an internal leak, since there shouldn't be pressure in the lower leg. If you hear air, try compressing the forks again, this happens to mine sometimes, and after letting the air out they are quite smooth. If so, they need to have the o rings replaced (if possible) or at least cleaned and regreased.
 

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I might add, if the fork seems to not move when you sit on the bike, can you compress it by leaning hard on the bars? These forks seem to stick when not used, but after the first compression usually move freely. If it still seems very stiff, with ~45psi in both sides (by the way, I'm 150lbs and use 45psi), one problem that sometimes comes up, is leakage inside the left fork leg. Try loosening the bolt at the bottom (5mm Allen) and listen for hissing air, which would indicate an internal leak, since there shouldn't be pressure in the lower leg. If you hear air, try compressing the forks again, this happens to mine sometimes, and after letting the air out they are quite smooth. If so, they need to have the o rings replaced (if possible) or at least cleaned and regreased.
yea it sticks at first, but it does give with extra pressure. i'll setup the right pressure and check for leakage. the rebound is fine thus far. thx for your replies.
 
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