Tuning The Emerald

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At DVO, we pride ourselves on having some of the most adjustable and tunable products in the market. Although having all that adjustability is awesome, it can be confusing and difficult. Hopefully these tips will help you out to get your suspension performing perfectly for you! Below is a base tune chart, start with this if you want a quick set up to get you rollin. Remember, these are starting-points. Rider ability, preference and track conditions will vary. If you are a more advanced rider looking to achieve precise results, jump down to the “Bracketing” section.

When setting up your suspension, start from Wide-Open. Wide-Open is characterized by taking the adjuster and turning it counter-clockwise until it stops. Turn each adjuster to the Wide-Open setting before starting your base tune. Each adjustment below refers to making adjustments clockwise from the Wide-Open setting

Air Pressure Range: 60-100psi
OTT Range: 6 clicks = 1 full rotation. 15 full rotations total.
Rebound Range: 40 clicks total
High Speed Compression (HSC) Range: 33 clicks total
Low Speed Compression (LSC) Range: 27 clicks total

Rider WeightAir PressureOTTReboundHSCLSC
120-139lbs | 54-63kg60-65psi0-2 rotations3-7 clicks0-1 clicks0-1 clicks
140-159lbs | 64-72kg65-70psi3-4 rotations5-8 clicks0-2 clicks0-2 clicks
160-179lbs | 73-81kg70-75psi5-6 rotations6-10 clicks2-3 clicks2-3 clicks
180-199lbs | 82-90kg75-80psi6-7 rotations7-11 clicks2-4 clicks2-4 clicks
200-219lbs | 91-100kg85-90psi8-10 rotations8-12 clicks3-5 clicks3-5 clicks
220+lbs | 100+kg95-100psi11-14 rotations10-14 clicks5-7 clicks5-7 clicks



Bracketing is a style of tuning that is for a more precise result. This is for an advanced rider looking to tune their products perfectly.  It can be easy to get lost in your settings so our recommendation is to work with one adjustment feature at a time. Everybody has their own style of tuning and development but something that has seemed to work well for us is something called bracketing. Bracketing is going from one extreme to the other and finding the happy-medium between the two. For example, say you’re at your local track and you want to dial in your rebound. Start with the rebound adjuster completely open (counter-clockwise) and drop in to your run. Obviously this isn’t going to feel great for most people but that’s the point. Now you know what too much rebound feels like. Stop a couple sections into your trail and start to go in on rebound clicks (clockwise). We like to recommend three click increments and repeat this process until you feel the suspension is performing well. Once you have your rebound set, repeat the same steps with all the rest of your features, high and low speed compression, OTT, and rebound.

OTT (Explained)

Most suspension forks use a negative spring to control how the fork feels at the beginning of the stroke, most of them feel pretty good but there are some downfalls to this. You probably have noticed, but the spring rates on your rear shock and fork probably differ from the spring rates on your friends suspension right? That’s because weight and riding style differs from person to person. The same thing goes for negative springs. In the past, you had to open up the fork and change the negative spring to work just for you. Plain and simple, that’s a hassle. We decided to eliminate that problem and create an external adjustment that allows you to preload the negative spring. What does that do for you? That allows you to adjust how the beginning of the stroke to feel however you want it to. Light riders who run lower air pressure, can back the OTT out (counter clockwise) to hold the fork up in the beginning of the stroke. Heavier riders who run higher pressures can go in on OTT (clockwise) to keep the buttery smooth feel and awesome small bump sensitivity.

OTT Tuning

Tuning your OTT can seem a little bit intimidating after all that “technical jargon” but it’s easy so don’t worry! Just like your other adjustments, tune the OTT with the bracketing technique. To make the tuning process easier, start with the maximum amount of adjustment depending on your weight. (don’t worry I’ll explain) If you’re a lighter rider (100-160lbs.) start with no OTT (counter clockwise) and increase by 1 rotation (15 clicks per rotation) until you find the optimal feeling. If you’re a heavier rider (165lbs.+) start with the maximum amount of OTT (15 rotation clockwise) and back it out 1 rotation at a time until you find the optimal feeling. Once you know how the “extreme” feels, you can now dial your adjuster in and get your suspension dialed!

Quick Tip
To make it easier to turn the OTT knob, let all the air out of the fork. This relieves the pressure put on the negative spring by the air and will make it easier to turn.