In this episode, BikeRadar’s technical editor Tom Marvin and technical writer Seb Stott discuss the intricacies of suspension damping. Dampers do an incredibly important job in a bike’s suspension, so if you want to know more, make sure to give this a listen.
Suspension dampers are there to control a bike’s fork or shock’s action through its stroke – without them, the suspension would effectively be like a pogo stick, so they’re very handy!
We cover the reasons why they’re so useful, how they work, and touch upon how to best set up the suspension on your mountain bike.
Fork dampers sit inside one side of the fork’s legs, to control the action of the forkDavid Rome / Immediate Media
Vorsprung suspension has created a couple of great videos with extra detail on damping, which are well worth a watch.
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Riding since the age of 13, Technical Editor Tom has ridden hundreds of bikes over the past few years, from aero race bikes to EWS-ready enduro rigs, with a fair few others in between. Most likely found in the woods practicing his scandi-flicks.