Evidently at some point I became fussy about suspension, I used to never care much.
Having the right suspension, and set up properly makes all the difference in the world. I imagine when you became fussy, that was learning curve on suspension set up for you. Almost 6 years ago, when I first joined ES, the threads I sub'd to didn't put much of a priority on suspension set up. It was all geared towards lipo powered anything and performance in what ever a builder could do with bicycle frame. Suspension set up was a very distant 2nd thought. Problem was, until I got my Bomber in early 2012, I didn't have a clue on how to negate the un suspended mass issue of the 37 pound wheel motor combo. Anyway through trial and error, I learned that setting rebound around 2-3 clicks slower than my settings on my KTMs improved handling performance the most. The guide line I told others to do for rebound set up was find an area with about 10 sets of 2 foot tall "woops" . Ride the woops at the pace you would normally ride over them. Then slow down the rebound so the shock barely extended before hitting, or as the rider hit the next woop after suspension compression. What we don't want to do is slow down the rear so much that the shock hasn't extended before hitting the face of the next woop. And you will know if thats the case because your ass end will feel like a hardtail bike. I follow my own advise, and even if its not the final settings I come up with, it puts me in the ball park for fine tuning suspension set up. I bring all this up because with your HUGE QS273
, if you plan on riding offroad, with that much unsuspended mass, your rear settings are going to be even more critical than someone running the 54xx QS205 or Cromotor which are heavy enough as it is. I look forward to April when you are back and have this thing running. Please make 3rd and 1st person vids so we can experience your mean machine when its up and going.