MTB Suspension Jargon Explained | What Do All These Dials Do?

Published on May 21st 2023


We mountain bikers love a good chat about suspension settings, but some of the technical terms can be a bit confusing! To help you tell your Lowers from your Lockouts and your Piggybacks from your Preloads, Anna has put together this handy MTB jargon-buster. ⏱️ Timestamps πŸ‘‡ 0:00 - Intro 0:22 - Fork 0:56 - Steerer Tube 1:20 - Crown 1:46 - Stanchions 2:24 - Lowers 3:15 - Arch 3:54 - Sag 5:15 - Compression 6:12 - Rebound 7:14 - Shock 7:56 - Piggyback 8:21 - Compression & Rebound (on a shock) 8:54 - Eyelets, Bushings & Mounting Hardware 9:33 - Spring Rate 9:55 - Preload 10:17 - Lockout Useful Links: Watch The UCI MTB World Series Elite Racing On GCN+ πŸ‘‰ Racing Highlights & More On GMBN Racing πŸ‘‰ Watch #shorts on GMBN πŸ‘‰ Submit your Photo and Video to us πŸ‘‰ GMBN Adventure Must-Haves πŸ‘‰ Did we leave out a piece of jargon that has you scratching your head? Let us know below and we'll do our best to help out πŸ‘‡ Watch more on GMBN Tech... πŸ“Ή Common Suspension Mistakes To Avoid πŸ‘‰ πŸ“Ή Watch our Editor’s Choice Playlist πŸ‘‰ πŸ“Ή Watch our weekly show πŸ‘‰ 🎡 Music - licensed by Epidemic Sound 🎡 Aerials - Guustavv Biltmore Hills - Sarah, the Illstrumentalist Fungi - Osoku Mad Zach - Smartface Merba Yate #gmbntech #gmbn #mtb #mountainbiking #suspension The Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN) is the world’s largest and fastest-growing online mountain bike channel and community – and your destination for the best mountain bike content in the world. GMBN is dedicated to inspiring and unlocking your riding potential. Our videos cater to fans of every mountain bike discipline: from mile-munching cross-country (XC) riders, through adrenaline-fuelled dirt jumpers, gravity-hungry downhillers or aspiring enduro racers, and beyond. Every day of every month, our ex-pro presenting team are on hand to entertain and inspire you while also providing a uniquely qualified insight into the world of mountain biking. Every week we deliver original daily videos that include: Adventurous and entertaining features Mountain bike skills coaching Technical advice and guidance Mechanical know-how to keep you rolling A place for the riding community with our weekly Dirt Shed Show Thanks to our sponsors: Canyon Bikes: Nukeproof Bikes: Orbea Bikes: Park Tool: Smith Helmets & Eyewear: Crankbrothers Pedals: Shimano Footwear: Ergon: Vittoria Tires: FSA: Spank: Topeak: Garmin: Peaty's Products: Wahoo: Komoot: Worx Power Tools: CamelBak: Watch our sister channels: Global Mountain Bike Network - GMBN Racing - Electric Mountain Bike Network - Global Cycling Network - GCN Tech - GCN Racing - Global Triathlon Network - GCN Italia - GCN en Espanol - GCN auf Deutsch - GCN en Francais - GCN Japan - GCN Training -