Pikes Peak APEX Mountain Bike Suspension Guide, from RockShox

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Suspension Guide

For an epic four-day race like the Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox you go through hours of training and preparation to perform your best, but don’t forget to make sure your suspension is tuned up and dialed in to give you the confidence you’ll need to succeed.

Great performing suspension provides traction and control while reducing fatigue to the rider. When suspension performs optimally, all your watts are transferred directly to the drivetrain and not wasted absorbing the terrain. To help you get the most out of your APEX experience, RockShox has compiled some support materials and tips to ensure you have a great ride. We even asked a few Colorado Springs locals how they like to set up their suspension for our unique terrain.

The key to a great experience at the Pikes Peak APEX is ensuring your suspension has been serviced within the recommended intervals. Intervals can vary between manufacturers but should be notated in their service documents. For RockShox products, you can find all user and service content at www.rockshox.com/service.

Depending on your mechanical comfort, these procedures can be completed at home or by the professionals at your favorite bike shop. We recommend getting at least a few rides on your recently serviced suspension before race day to ensure all your settings are as expected.

Between services, make sure to keep your suspension clean, so it performs perfectly for longer. Don’t believe us? Take it from Chuck who has wrenched for some of MTB’s top athletes, from XC races to RedBull Rampage.

Trailhead AppIf you have RockShox suspension and aren’t exactly sure what air pressure or rebound you should be running, check out the RockShox Trailhead

app for starting recommendations. Enter your fork or rear shock’s serial number, then follow the onscreen prompts to receive specific air pressure and rebound suggestions for your specific needs. There are fork and shock setup videos to review how to adjust air pressure and set proper sag.  We also have a Suspension Setup and Tuning Guide to walk you through how and why to make certain adjustments. It’s the closest thing to having a race mechanic in your pocket.

We design and test all our RockShox forks and rear shocks in Colorado Springs, but don’t take our word for it. Here are some setup suggestions by local riders:

"The APEX race has some demanding climbs requiring an efficient, short travel race bike. Because I'm a relatively lighter weight rider, I run my 120mm RockShox 35mm SID fork without tokens and with my rebound biased toward the faster settings, offering me more comfort and control. A remote lock out to the front and rear suspension is a must for me to be quick and competitive, and to match the changing trail conditions." - Deanna Mayles

“For Colorado Springs riding, I run my fork and rear shock pressures about 5% lower than I would run when riding big backcountry days. In the decomposed granite, the G-outs are less harsh and running that lower pressure allows for a more plush feeling and more traction.” - Devlin Watkins

​"For the riding around Colorado Springs, I run the recommended air pressure for my body weight, based on the chart on the back of my RockShox Pike. My preference is to run my compression damping and rebound damping fully open, for a faster acting, more supported ride feeling when surfing the scree.” – Molly Murrow