How do you adjust forks on a mountain bike?

What is preload on a bike fork?

It’s simply the initial compression of the internal spring in the fork. The more it’s compressed, the stiffer the fork will feel. Bigger preload compresses the spring more, and so it’s best for heavier riders and/or people who need/prefer the stiffer ride (racers etc.)

What pressure should my mountain bike forks be?

Set up the fork to a pressure where you have between 25%-30% sag. Say, the amount the fork compresses when you get on the bike in normal riding position, has to be like a fourth of the total travel. If your Recon is 130mm travel, it should sink like 36-38mm with your weight on.

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