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Rebound

Fast or Slow?


  • Total voters
    56
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dhkid

Turbo Monkey
Mar 10, 2005
3,359
0
Malaysia
i run my rebound very fast, coz i like my bike lively. the front is slightly faster then the rear.
 

Damo

Short One Marshmallow
Sep 7, 2006
4,604
20
French Alps
Slowish front and rear. Not as slow as some I have seen, but definitely slower than most.

Why? Because I was told to.
 

fred.r

Dwangus Bogans
May 9, 2006
843
0
Real racers slow it down...
Guess I'm one of those fake racers....
Why would you run slow rebound, other than the fact you were told to?
And I'm telling you to run flat tires, cuz real racers do it.
 

DirtyMike

Turbo Fluffer
Aug 8, 2005
14,288
874
My own world inside my head
Fast, Fast, Fast.......Dont think of rebound as something that is slowing your wheels down, think of it as something that is holding your wheel to the ground, Set it fast, but not so fast that your getting bucked.
 

Damo

Short One Marshmallow
Sep 7, 2006
4,604
20
French Alps
Set it fast, but not so fast that your getting bucked.
This sounds like good advice. I'd set mine like this, but a mate will always add a couple clicks to my rebound to slow it down even further.

Front should be faster than the rear, but neither should be like a pogo stick.

Slow it down.
 

djamgils

Monkey
Aug 31, 2007
349
0
Holland
With a sufficiently fast rebound you make sure both wheels keep sticking to the ground.

I had a manitou sherman that was very slow packed up on multiple bumps and gave a harsh ride. That fork would have been slow for everybody.

But I think rebound isn't something you can discuss without thinking about the LSC. If you enter a berm with not much lsc then your weight will shift a lot giving a unstable ride
if the rebound would be fast to you will pogo trough the corner.
If the rebound is slower then you stabilize the bike on the rebound stroke.

Anyway I think you should use lsc to stabilize the ride and use rebound to keep the wheel tracking the ground.
 

Tmsracing37

Chimp
Jan 24, 2007
87
0
Hagerstown/McConnellsburg
For me, it depends on riding and track conditions.

There are a couple of tracks I race at that pretty much groomed all the time, so they have a super smooth and hard packed surface. In these conditions I run slow rebound rear and slower front. This helps me keep more momentum through turns by keeping weight that transferred form braking, low through the entry, apex, and exit of the turn.

On normal riding and rough conditions, I usually run rebound fast front and rear.
 

DirtyMike

Turbo Fluffer
Aug 8, 2005
14,288
874
My own world inside my head
This sounds like good advice. I'd set mine like this, but a mate will always add a couple clicks to my rebound to slow it down even further.

Front should be faster than the rear, but neither should be like a pogo stick.

Slow it down.
Go feel Straight's or Kovariks bike, then tell me to slow it down. Only time I slow my reblound is for freeriding and dropping, or big ass gaps. For racing its all about keeping your tire on the ground


But in reality, ride whats best for you, for me its all about what terrain I am in, And what I am planning on doing with that terrain
 

Jm_

Turbo Monkey
Jan 14, 2002
9,427
1,840
AK
I would like my rebound to have both high and low speed circuts so that with high speed impacts it's fast and with low speed impacts it's slow.

Baring a perfect world, a little on the faster side because when I go faster and get more high-speed impacts, that's where I want my suspension to work optimally. Packing up at speed decreases traction.
 

Steve M

Turbo Monkey
Mar 3, 2007
1,995
23
Whistler
Front fast, rear faster than average but not as fast as the front. I run enough compression (LSC especially) that I don't have stability problems with fast rebound, and the bike certainly jumps/hops a lot better than with fast compression and slow rebound.

I think as a rule of thumb, if you're going to consider nothing else - the front should err on the fast side and the rear should err on the slow side. You can run your rear end fast provided other factors make it suitable (eg plenty of compression, faster front end, not oversprung relative to front end) but for safety's sake the rear end should always be at least a tad slower than the front.