I just got a new full suspension TRAIL BIKE from trek, (Fuel EX 7 27.5) it’s a 2015 model, the one with FOX SUSPENSION, my question is should I FREQUENTLY be doing 1-2 foot jumps, usually landing on flat but sometimes smooth on another jump, I am worried that I will hurt or wear my suspension fast, but I like doing these jumps, should I continue doing what I am as long as I put my suspension to a more stiff setting, or only jump when needed.
Please give me a Fast response, as I will be riding A LOT this summer.
Hey Hunter. I too love those one-to-two foot jumps (and sometimes accidentally hit some a little higher). As far as the wear on your suspension … I see nothing to worry about (unless you are extremely heavy). A bike with 120 mm of suspension was built for stuff like that! My Camber is set up with 120mm suspension and I am doing 1-2 foot jumps all the time. I usually set my shocks to soft so my landings are nice and soft yet have noticed no unusual suspension wear.
If you find your suspension bottoming out you can not only turn the shocks to a stiffer setting but you can also add a little more air to your shocks.
This past December I asked theWrench about putting longer forks on my bike (for doing drops larger than 3 feet) and here is his response.
Thanks for your question Hunter. Who knows how many other riders you have helped by asking?