As the name suggests, hardpack dirt refers to riding conditions where the ground is hard. Hardpack is the most common soil condition if the weather has been dry, and the trail is in good condition without much loose dirt on top. Hardpack conditions may allow you to carry more speed with higher frequency bumps compared to loamy or muddy conditions.
Below are some recommendations while riding in hardpack conditins.
- Compression: Adjust your LS and HS compression 1-2 clicks counter-clockwise.
- OTT: For more improved traction, Adjust your OTT one full turn(6 clicks) clock-wise
- Rebound: Try your rebound in a Faster setting. Adjust your rebound 1-2 clicks counter-clockwise. The fork must rebound fast enough to absorb every bump, otherwise the forks will stick down in its travel, and pack.
Loamy and Muddy conditions
In Loamy and Muddy conditions allow your tires to actually dig in. Loamy conditions mean the dirt is very loose and is more than just some loose dirt above hard pack. Mud as the name suggests, is wet, sloppy, and a whole lot of fun to ride in. Loamy and Muddy conditions absorb more energy because the dirt is going to give.
Below are some recommendations while riding in Loamy and Muddy conditions.
- Compression: The terrain is soft and absorb some of the impact, Try adjusting your LS and HS compression 1-2 clicks clock-wise. This will help prevent packing
- OTT: This terrain absorbs more impact, you want the suspension to stand up more. Adjust your OTT one full turn(6 clicks) counter clock-wise
- Rebound: Try your rebound in Slower setting. Adjust your rebound 1-2 clicks clock-wise. The terrain is absorbing more impact so there is less need for a fast rebound setting