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We ride east coast rocky rooty tech stuff. Moderate speeds sometimes as low as a few mph and sometimes 20 mph.

I am wondering what fork setup is recommended. We don’t have a ton of smooth fast stuff but a ton of tech.

Love to hear opinions on what is ideal for how a fork should behave and why. Seems most stock setups are built for this type of riding.


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It is extremely rider dependent. How about telling us what you are riding (bike), current suspension and settings, weight, and what you are trying to improve from your current setup?
 

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I have found that on low-speed rocks, I want the fork to sit high. It can respond more slowly and be fine.
But if I'm plowing through baby heads at higher speeds, I will want it more active and plush.

...which is always my beef with suspension: It is almost always a compromise.

As far as how do you set up your fork to achieve either of those scenarios? It's different for everyone. 190#, I have, like, 4 tokens, and 25% sag on a 140mm Pike Select and I use all the travel (but only on the hardest hits).

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I ride the same stuff as OP. I've recently discovered that I like a pretty progressive spring for aggressive riding. I'm 200lbs and currently have 3 tokens and low-ish pressure. Rebound somewhere in the middle, and a fair amount of compression damping. The fork sits mostly high, and the compression keeps the fork stiff and controlled, while the low-ish pressure makes for a fairly supple give off the top.
 

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