I think it is safe to say most of us with full suspension mountain bikes have a Fox shock in the back. If you have found yourself looking down at it wondering how that blue switch is suppose to work, here is your chance to learn how.
ProPedal is a beneficial tool that allows the rider to adjust their shocks travel to optimize performance on different terrain. Generally having the ProPedal set in a rigid mode will allow for more powerful climbing because the bike will not absorb as much energy due to the decrease in travel. Having the shock fully open will allow for maximum travel allowing the bike to absorb harder impacts generally faced on downhills.
Below are easy step by step instructions teaching you about ProPedal. If you would like more information on all things Fox Shocks click here for a complete technical guide for all their products.
If you have Rock Shox suspension click here for their manual.
The ProPedal lever allows for on-the-fly ProPedal adjustment. ProPedal damping reduces pedal-induced suspension bob. The two ProPedal lever settings are:
Use each setting to adjust the shock for different riding conditions and situations. For example, use PROPEDAL for riding to the top of the mountain, and then switch to OPEN for the descent.
To determine which ProPedal position is better for your condition and situation, pedal the bicycle and monitor the shock movement. Switch between positions and select the one that reduces suspension movement most effectively while providing the desired amount of bump absorption.
Because suspension designs and riding skills vary, optimal settings can vary from bike to bike and rider to rider. For more precise ProPedal tuning and to further eliminate pedal-induced bob while maintaining bump compliance, adjust the ProPedal knob. As with the ProPedal lever, switch positions and select a setting that reduces suspension movement most effectively while providing the desired amount of bump absorption.
The 3-position ProPedal knob (shown below) allows you to adjust ProPedal firmness when the ProPedal lever is in the PROPEDAL position. The ProPedal knob only changes damping when the ProPedal lever is in the PROPEDAL position.
The ProPedal knob settings are denoted by the numbers etched onto the ProPedal knob. The three ProPedal knob settings are:
- (1) PROPEDAL Light
- (2) PROPEDAL Medium
- (3) PROPEDAL Firm
To adjust the ProPedal knob:
- Turn the ProPedal lever to the PROPEDAL position, as shown in graphic above.
- Lift the ProPedal knob (see frame #2 in the drawing below).
- Turn the ProPedal knob clockwise (relative to the ProPedal knob facing the user) until the selection you want—1, 2, or 3—is aligned with the ProPedal lever (#3). The ProPedal knob clicks twice per setting as it turns. The first click occurs as you exit the current setting; the second click as you engage the new setting.
- Push the ProPedal knob into its new position (#4).
The ProPedal knob should NOT be adjusted on-the-fly. It should only be adjusted while in a stationary position.