To determine what to set your rebound to, it's essential to understand what you're adjusting and its impact on your ride.
Damping is crucial in all shocks to counteract negative rebound effects after the spring compresses. Without damping, the shock would feel excessively bouncy, akin to a pogo stick. To address this, we utilize an oil-filled damper to slow down the shock's return to its fully extended length after compression. By restricting oil flow in the damper, we control the rate at which the shock extends, increasing the force necessary to extend it after compression.
With the REVO-ST, you can adjust the rebound rate of the shock. This adjustment changes how easily oil flows through the dampers, altering ride quality—making it either bouncier or less bouncy. Think of a basketball filled with air: when bounced, it rebounds quickly, similar to shocks operating with more rebound (position 1). If you release some air and bounce it again with the same force, it rebounds more slowly, resembling shocks operating with more damping (position 3).
The REVO-ST coil shocks offer 3 positions. Position 1 has more rebound, while position 3 has less rebound/more damping. In position 1, oil flows freely through the damper, while position 3 restricts oil flow.
Understanding these positions allows you to choose the rebound setting that suits your preference and riding conditions. Whether you prefer a more responsive or a smoother ride, adjusting the rebound setting accordingly can enhance your overall riding experience.
What does this mean to you as the rider? You have the ability to fine-tune your ride to changing road conditions, or riding configurations (one-up, two-up, etc.). The rebound adjustment is purely rider preference, meaning one rider may prefer position 6, whereas another rider may prefer position 1. It's up to you as the rider to experiment and determine which position you like best!