It has been a minute or two since we have done any posts concerning our science experiments here at Ruby Canyon, so I thought that I would start things off again with one of our newest toys: The Shock Wiz!
I first read about it as a Kick Starter idea. The creator of this magnificent little computer got all the funding he needed extremely quickly. The product worked. It was a instant success, and SRAM deiceded they wanted to buy it. It's now labeled under their Quarq brand.
But how helpful is this little computer? Extremely helpful. Installation onto the shock is easy. The app the Shock Wiz talks to is easy to use, navigate, and download.
The process to getting the compression ratio is a little involved, but nothing too crazy. You have to deflate, push and hold, pull and hold, and then re-inflate the fork or shock. This is essentially a calibration step. After calibration, go for a ride and when you are done (it will tell you if you haven’t ridden enough of a certain trail type), it will tell you your air pressure, dynamic sag, rebound, HSC, LSC, bounce, peddle bob, and other useful readings.
The Wiz helps you to tune your suspension into four settings: climbing, balanced, playful, and aggressive. I opted for the balanced setting, because the Lunch Loops has a little of this, and a little of that. After my test loop, I was happy to see that my fork (Rock Shox Lyric) scored 80% and my shock (Ohlins stx 22) scored 88%. The Wiz told me that I needed to speed up my rebound, and soften my LSC (which I cannot adjust of on my particular fork). I made adjustments and clicked the "start a new ride" on the app and went for another loop.
I could immediately feel that the fork was handling things better. I was quite surprised. My shock however felt like it was negatively affected. After my ride, the fork was showing 90%, but my shock score had gone down to an 80%, which was expected since it felt off. If I had the LSC adjustment on my fork I'm sure I could have gotten the full 100%.
I think that the Shock Wiz worked extremely well on the Rock Shox products, The Ohlins however, has very few clicks of adjustment, and one click makes a really big difference. I decided that an 88% was good enough for me and left it at the original settings. It was really interesting to see exactly what my suspension was doing, and to get some guidance on how to improve my settings.
You can rent the Shock Wiz from us for $35.00 a session. You too, can get a better setting on your suspension, and make the most of your ride.
Huge thanks to Ryan Cranston, Chad Diers, and the entire RCC team for all of their help getting me ready for the first annual Grand Enduro and for their endless support over the years! These guys sure do know bikes. Unfortunately stage 2 did not go as planned and took me out of the overall, but I had an awesome time anyway with great people on great trails. The Specialized Enduro proved it is the perfect tool for the job. Be sure to check out the latest and most refined Enduro yet down at the shop. See you out on the trails!! ... See MoreSee Less