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  1. #1
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    Dec 2010

    Need advice on Setting up Mach 5.7

    Hi ppl

    I apologize if this thread is in the wrong section, but rather than get a generic answer to my answer by posting in the "sag and suspension section" I felt it more prudent to actually ask other Pivot bike users for their opinions thus my decision to post in here.

    I recently took the plunge and bought myself a Mach 5.7 and from the ride so far I couldn't be any happier about my decision . I've spent the past couple of days since then tuning and setting up the suspension rations. From what i understand of Pivot (and other DW link bikes), they highly recommend setting sag at 30% and more. But does this sag apply to the front fork as well? My current setting (the sweet spot) is roughly 20% sag in the front (with 2 clicks of rebound damping), and 30% sag in the rear (with 5 clicks rebound damping). I had initially tried to reduce the front fork pressure to achieve the 30% sag, but found the front fork diving too much to the point that i felt like the bike was trying to bounce me off the saddle whenever the gradient pointed downwards.

    Hence in such a scenario, would the seniors here have any advice for my current situation? Would having too little sag (20%) in the front fork affect the pedaling dynamics of the DW link system? Or is the bucking bronco feeling i get at 30% front fork sag a riding technique issue over setting issue?

    Haha anyway sorry for the long post, I would highly appreciate any constructive suggestions in regards to this issue. It doesn't have to be restricted to just changes in the fork setting either, seeing as I would really like to fully explore all the possible avenues for changes that i could experiment with. A great bike like this deserves no less effort on the owner part as well .

    Thanks all! And have a happy new year!

  2. #2
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    Feb 2007
    I have my Mach 5 set up with about the same sag as you, but with different rebound settings. I run 30-35% sag with only one click or rebound damping on the shock and the sweet spot that I have found on my fork (150mm Revelation) is about 20-25% with 5 clicks of rebound damping.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Thanks for being a Pivot Family Member!!!

    You should always follow the Suspension Forks Sag recommendations. Pivot will only recommend what the sage should be on our frames. So, I agree with your 20% up front idea, I would just double check with that manufacturer to see what they recommend for that fork.

    Happy Trails!
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    Jack Handy

  4. #4
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    May 2009
    What fork are you running up front and how much do you weigh. The rear end sounds like you got it dialed in. 30% sag is perfect. most front forks will run best at 20-25% sag. There are many forums already out there with tons of set-up advice for fox and rock shox forks. I made a couple measurements for the front fork and how much sag 20% and 25% were. I marked them on a post it note on oposit sides then cut a line in beween them so there was a slopping line going from 20% to 25%, I then laminated it, into one of those badge holders the size of a credit card. This allows me to put it right up to the fork with out scratching it, and see where the line fall. I also have the rear sag cut into it. I put this in my back pocket while I ride and I can check all my sag at any given time on the trail. I think it is much quicker and easier then the supplied measuring thingy. Depending on the trail and the conditions sometimes 25% is best and sometimes it aint. If I knew how to post pics on here I would.

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