The compression and rebound damping adjusters on your suspension are known as your clickers. Making the right changes with your clickers will make your bike handle better and give you a better riding experience. Clickers control the amount of oil that is allowed to bypass your suspensions valving stack. They work like a carburetors fuel screw and fine tune your suspension.
Before you begin to make changes to your clickers do this first:
- check where your clickers are set.
- adjust tire pressure for your type of riding and terrain.
- make sure you have the correct spring rate on your bike and set your sag.
- install the front wheel correctly and torque your triple clamps to spec.
- bleed the air out of the forks every time you ride.
- maintain your suspension and your bike.
Start off by riding your bike with your clickers set in the stock position. This will give you a good base setting of how your bike handles. Ride a few laps at a time when you try new settings so you won't learn to over compensate when your bike is not working correctly. Ride the same lines every lap so you get a feel for the changes you make and do not ride around the bumps you are trying to test on. Make changes to your clickers 1-2 positions at a time and one adjuster at a time. Changing compression and rebound on the fork and shock can confuse you as to what setting is actually improving the bike.
On hard terrain it is better to adjust the rebound and compression to a softer setting while still maintaining control and bottoming resistance.