The Hayward Suspension Van is fully equipped to do professional service and setup work at site. Consulting for race teams or individuals is possible on request.

Test Days

Rule number one for suspension is: make it as good as possible the way it was intended to work. So before I take riders on a test day I make sure the spring rates are correct, the suspension is set up properly and serviced well. But I also advise riders to use good tyres with the right tubes, I will have a look at the handlebar height or at other areas that could interfere with the test results.

There are two different ways of testing:

  1. SET UP Test: this helps the rider find his personal best setup using the click adjusters (without changing the internals of the suspension).
  2. SETTING Test: changing the internals of the suspension in order to find a perfect setting according to the specific riding style.
Here I work mostly with groups of riders. The average to advanced rider will profit the most from experiencing all the possibilities of suspension adjustments on different terrains and finding his personal set up. It is easy to get lost when working with click adjusters. Even top riders sometimes are not sure what they feel and battle to give feedback. But by checking the behaviour of the suspension from the side of the test track in combination with the rider feedback we find ways to tweak it into perfection. At the same time the rider gets more confidence and learns to understand what he feels and how to adjust his suspension to different tracks.

This test serves to change the internals of the bike - mostly for the top riders or for racing teams. It is much more intense and if done for a team can take 2-3 days depending on team size. Because there is limited time to open suspension and change the setting it is important to work very efficiently. I use all my experience of testing with the world champs to translate what I see into the shim stack. In the European racing circuit you won't find any professional team that hasn't done suspension testing at the beginning of the season. Once the team has found the perfect setting the suspension normally only needs to be serviced for the rest of the year.

The tricky and most important part of suspension testing (no matter if internal changes are made or not) is to foster the riders confidence into the material. Like wine testing when after the 25th sip you are not even sure anymore if it is sweet or herb or who you came with or what on earth happened to your clothes – it is similar with suspension testing. You will get confused. Which setting felt better? Is it actually harder or softer now? Has anything changed at all? It is my task then to help with what I can see and my experience of how shims work. I guide the rider till maximum confidence in the material is gained. Both ways of testing not only maximise the suspension performance but instil the so important confidence you need in order to ride at your best. It is mostly your ambition and budget that determines which kind of testing is best for you.

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