When we choose shock settings for base tune on the cane creek shocks, we work with them to pick a 'best fit' setup. The base tune certainly is not the tune I expect most people to ride, it's just a starting point to start experiementing from. Remember we have to have one setting to suggest to cautious riders who weigh 50kg up to gressive fast riders who weigh 100kg+. It's impossible to have a base tune that is optimal for everyone.
If you follow the cane creek tuning manual and their new app, it takes a little work to dial in, but you'll get there. But also, don't expect a perfect tune for fast flowy single track to be optimal for rough technical steeps. I suggest you find a trail that is kind of an average for what you ride and tune to that trail. then find a smooth trail and find out what you have to tweak to get what you want on that, and a rough trail and do the same and take note of what you changed. Then if you know you are going to be ridding for a few days on supper rough stuff you can make the adjustments you know work, and likewise for super smooth flowy stuff.
Also... one thing most people overlook is the 5th adjustment on a cane creek, the volume. Personally this is the thing I dial in first from base tune... if I want it more plus to start and have good ramp up, I just add in a spacer or 2, and vice versa. Getting the volume (progression) of the shock right for your bodyweight and riding style is critical.
So, yeah, it takes a little work, but I got my shock setup nicely in about 2 hours including changing the volume slightly. Is time well spent when you get a new shock.
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