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K2 BIKE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

SUSPENSION TUNING

In this section:

Tuning Variables

Tuning Adjust- ments

Smart Shock

In this section you will learn how to set up properly your K2 Bike suspension. Our bicycles are designed to offer wide adjustability for many different riders. It may be necessary to purchase different springs in order to tune your K2 Bike. We offer a wide variety of coil springs for this purpose.

This section provides guidelines for tuning your K2 Bike rear suspension and also briefly discusses Noleen front suspension set up. For a more complete guide to front suspension tuning, please refer to yourNoleenCross-LinkorNoleenChubbyOwner'sManual.

Tuning Variable

All riders are different. Therefore, bicycle suspension needs to be able to adjust to the different needs and desires of many different riders. The following variables or factors should be considered when adjusting the suspension of a K2 Bike:

Rider Weight

Smaller bicycles are assumed to be ridden by lighter riders and are supplied with softer suspensions than larger bikes. If your are tall and slim or short and stocky, you may wish to install softer or stiffer springs.

Type of Riding

A bicycle used for high-performance off-road riding should have stiffer suspension than one intended for recreational road use. The severe impacts and high speeds of serious off-road riding demand stiffer springs, while more casual riding is more comfortable with softer springs. In general, the bike should be set up to maximize the use of full suspension travel in the conditions to be encountered.

Personal Preference

New suspension riders often prefer stiffer suspensions that feel more like a rigid bikes. However, suspension works best when a rider adapts his style fully to use the suspension. A spring that feels soft at first may be exactly what you want after a week of riding.

Tuning Adju tment

Once you have an understanding of the variables affecting suspension tuning, you can now move on to actually adjusting your suspension to fit your needs. The Tuning Adjustments of your K2 Bike suspension are:

Spring Rate

Spring Rate is the amount of load required to compress a coil spring one inch. We suggest different spring rates for our bikes and forks because differentridersplacedifferentloadsonbicycles. Theprovidedspringratechartsaresuggestedspringratesaccordingtoriderweight. Keepinmind these charts are only suggestions.

Spring selection is also affected greatly by rider preference. More aggressive riders may desire their springs to be stiffe , while a more recreationally oriented rider may like a softer ride with softer springs. Experimentation with a couple different spring rates may be necessary to find the correct set up.

Consult the tables on the following page to select the spring set that’s best for you. Remembe , these are recommendations. You may wish to try stiffer or softer springs than recommended due to the terrain you ride, your riding style, and personal preference.

up to 140 1

175

130-170

200

160-200

200

190-230

225

over 230

250

Spring Type

NB2L-x-x 3

Noleen Forks

Cross-Link

2

3 Blue, 3 Tan

4 Blue, 4 Tan

1 Blue, 5 Tan

2 Blue, 6 Tan

6 Tan

8 Tan

5 Tan, 1 Pink

7 Tan, 1 Pink

4 Tan, 2 Pink

6 Tan, 2 Pink

Chubby

Chubby LT

MCU 4

MCU

11

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