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    Low & high speed compression

    Hey,
    I have a Swinger 6-way and I have absolutley no idea what high and low speed compression are and I wondering what they do and how I should adjust them
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    Quote Originally Posted by saviorself
    Hey,
    I have a Swinger 6-way and I have absolutley no idea what high and low speed compression are and I wondering what they do and how I should adjust them
    Thanks alot
    jim

    High speed compression is when your shock compresses rapidly due to a big hit, say from a jump or a drop. You can adjust the damping of this compression to be either fast of slow. Tuning it for fast damping means that the shock will compress quickly during a big hit and feel relatively soft. Tuning it for slow damping means that the shock will compress slower during a big hit and feel kind of hard. It all depends on your personal preference, weight and set-up.

    Low speed compression is when your shock compresses due to normal riding conditions, ie. while you are riding bumpy singletrack. I think this level of compression is where you can tune out pedal bob to a certain extent by simply adjusting the low speed compression to be quite slow. This will make the bike feel kind of firm to sit on but will probably help alot with pedalling. Setting the low speed compression to be fast will make the bike feel soft and mushy to ride, thereby taking away a bit of pedalling effenciency.
    Then you have the whole rebound thing to contend with!! Does your shock have this kind of adjustability as well? To make everything work properly you need to also set the rebound to suit your compression settings.

    Your shock probably shows a + and a - for both low and high speed compression adjustment. I think + means more damping so that would result in a slower setting, and - means less damping so that would result in a faster setting.

    I am by no means an expert, this is just what i understand high/low speed compression damping to be. Hopefully i haven't given you dodgy advice and hopefully this helps!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr plow
    High speed compression is when your shocks compresses rapidly due to a big hit, say from a jump or a drop. You can adjust the damping of this compression to be either fast of slow. Tuning it for fast damping means that the shock will compress quickly during a big hit and feel relatively soft. Tuning it for slow damping means that the shock will compress slower during a big hit and feel kind of hard. It all depends on your personal preference, weight and set-up.

    Low speed compression is when your shock compresses due to normal riding conditions, ie. while you are riding bumpy singletrack. I think this level of compression is where you can tune out pedal bob to a certain extent by simply adjusting the low speed compression to be quite slow. This will make the bike feel kind of firm to sit on but will probably help alot with pedalling. Setting the low speed compression to be fast will make the bike feel soft and mushy to ride, thereby taking away a bit of pedalling effenciency.
    Then you have the whole rebound thing to contend with as well!! Does your shock have this kind of adjustability as well? To make everything work properly you need to also set the rebound to suit your compression settings.

    Your shock probably shows a + and a - for both low and high speed compression adjustment. I think + means more damping so that would result in a slower setting, and - means less damping so that would result in a faster setting.

    I am by no means an expert, this is just what i understand high/low speed compression damping to be. Hopefully i haven't given you dodgy advice and hopefully this helps!!
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    Thanks man!

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    plow you hit 'er on the head. good description.

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