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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-27-2009, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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fork rebound adjustment

I wanted make a small adjustment to the front fork dampner, but the screw is located on the right fork only. The manual indicates this also. How is this possible? Am I missing something? BTW, I just bought it new yesterday ....AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!
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This is pretty common. The rebound damper is only located in one fork leg. I am more familiar with this in the mountain bike world, but the same principle holds true. The dampening is controlled in the one leg and the forks are connected by the front axle so they can't react independently.

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+1 the forks are tied together, so they work as a single system.
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yep both sides work as one. in the mountain bike world this is how pretty much every fork is made. in both of my mountain bike forks the preload/spring is only on the left hand side and the dampening, the oil for both compression and rebound, is only in the right hand side.

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The oil in the left fork also provides some amount of preset and non-adjutsable compression and rebound damping... Depending on the amount of spring preload, rebound damping setting is good at about 1/2 (maximum preload) to 1 turn out. (counterclockwise from fully turned in) Avoid tightening it which may damage the seat.
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Congratulations on your new toy, you will love it!

I'm sure you'll check your rear suspension. Nearly everyone complains that when they come from the dealer they are set up on 5-6, making the rear very stiff. I'm 180lbs and have mine set at 2 (closest to lowest).

There is an excellent thread by Gustavo on the magic art of suspension set up. Do a search and it will tell you exactly how to set up the V with the appropriate sag for your weight etc.

If you can't find it on this forum, its a sticky on the Euro forum www.versys.co.uk but I know its on here somewhere.

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I understand now, thanks all. Yeah, the rear was a little stiff, I adjusted the spring setting from #5 to #4, and turned the front dampner screw c/clockwise 1/4.....a-ok now, just a little tweak. I'm going to learn a lot here!
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