In order to determine what to set your rebound to, you will need an explanation of what you are adjusting when changing your rebound setting.
With all shocks, there must be some form of damping to effectively reduce the negative rebound effects that occur after a spring has been compressed, whether that is an air spring or a coil spring. A shock without damping would essentially feel as though you are riding on a pogo stick, therefore we utilize an oil-filled damper to counteract the rebound of the spring, and slow down how fast the shock returns to its fully extended length after being compressed. We restrict the rate at which the shock extends by restricting oil in the damper to increase the force necessary to extend the shock after compression.
With the REVO ARC, you have the ability to change the rebound rate of the shock. When you change this rebound setting, you are essentially changing how easily the oil flows through the dampers, which results in a change in ride quality, (bouncier or less bouncy). A simple analogy of how this works is to imagine a basketball full of air, when you bounce the ball on the ground, it bounces up relatively quick. This is similar to our shocks operating with more rebound (7 clicks out). Now with that same basketball, you release air, and once again bounce it on the ground with the same amount of force and it bounces up slower. That would be similar to our shocks operating with more damping (1 click out).
Before, applying any fine-tuning rebound adjustments to your shocks, you will want to sure you have set your sag properly. Please read our How to Set Sag on REVO ARCS article before making any fine-tuning compression adjustments.
On the REVO-ARC models, you have 7 positions or "clicks" of adjustment. Position 7 which is 7 clicks counterclockwise from fully clockwise, results in the most rebound, and position 1, being 1 click out counterclockwise from fully clockwise results in less rebound/more damping. Position 7 allows oil to flow through the damper more freely, and position 1 reduces how freely the oil moves throughout the damper.
We generally recommend starting with your rebound settings at 3-4 turns out from the fully closed (clockwise) position for your initial test ride with your new REVO ARCs. From there, you can easily make changes based on road conditions, riding configuration, or riding style by simply turning the dial. We recommend running the same rebound setting on both shocks equally.
The compression adjustment is purely rider preference, meaning one rider may prefer position 7, whereas another rider may prefer position 1. It's up to you as the rider to experiment and determine which position you like best.
Please remember when adjusting your compression or rebound settings, to only adjust the compression setting OR rebound setting between test rides, and not both. This will reduce the number of variables when making adjustments between test rides.
For information on compression settings, please refer to our How to Adjust Compression (REVO ARC) article.
For information on the initial setup and adjustment of your REVO ARCs, please refer to our article on Initial Setup Instructions.