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Historically, the perfect suspension tune has been a vaguely mythical ideal attainable only by a select few intuitively gifted individuals, while the rest of us read conflicting online articles to guide tweaks and cling to the hope that our forks and shocks are at least somewhere in the vicinity of a workable tune. Given that climate, Quarq's ShockWiz is positioned to drastically improve ride quality and bring suspension tune dynamics into clearer focus for a large portion of the cycling population.
Arriving as a rather unassuming little square, ShockWiz houses an internal pressure sensor and microprocessor that pair to run diagnostics on your suspension while you ride. The system attaches to your air-sprung shock or fork's Schrader valve with a sleek hose that allows ShockWiz to collect 100 pressure readings per second for instant, continuous analysis to determine how well your suspension setup in working for you.
The ShockWiz takes in the whole picture of pressure changes and looks for negative characteristics such as pogo, pack-down, and bob, and stores away data on their severity. After the ride, just open up your smartphone and click on the ShockWiz app to get feedback and specific adjustment suggestions to improve your shock tune for a better ride next time you hit the trail.
- A smart way to analyze and adjust air-sprung shock and fork tune
- Hose connects quickly to shock or fork Schrader valves
- Internal sensor and microprocessor analyze pressure changes
- Provides tuning suggestions via an easy to use phone app
- Communicates with smartphones via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- Waterproof and dustproof casing protects internals
- Compatible with Apple iOS 9 and Android Jellybean 4.3 and newer
- Direct mount option pairs with inverted forks such as RockShox RS-1
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- Q & A
Tune it Right!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
You never quite realize how good suspension could feel until you have it tuned correctly. Rebound can be complicated and setting the right sag can be tricky. I always thought I could get a shock close to 90% dialed, but I thought I would give ShockWiz a try. There is really only one shock wizard and this is it.
Initially it was super easy to setup. The app is easy to find and use. The calibration process took a bit of time, but once it's done you are set. You want to make sure to get some climbing and descending in on all sorts of terrain to make sure it gets a good reading. So I recommend picking a relatively short loop with a little climb, a fast flowy descent and a chunky rock or rooted area. This should pretty much do it for you.
After the first test, I had the shock pretty close to dialed to begin with, but it had me slow the rebound down and add a bit of pressure to the shock and remove some pressure from the fork. The ride was surprisingly drastically different. I was really happy with the end result and the feel of the bike on the trail. I did a total of 4 test loops, 1 to dial in the rear shock, 1 to test the rear shock after making adjustments, then 1 to dial in the fork, and lastly 1 to check the fork after making adjustments.
Overall I was pretty impressed by this little gadget. I highly recommend it to you if you think you a Shock Wizard and if you just don't know where to start when you are dialing in suspension. You just spent a bunch of me on that sweet new full suspension, so spend a little extra to tune it how it is suppose to be ridden!
Amazing piece of technology
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is thing relatively easy to install and use. It will help you tune your suspension according to the preset modes on the app. Gives you the piece of mind knowing you suspension is responding correctly.
Only downside is that it will tell you to make adjustments to your fork or shock that might not be available i.e. high speed compression/low speed compression So just keep in mind that you might not be able to get a "perfect tune" with your suspension since you can't adjust all parameters
Decent for basics, needs a better app
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
First off I am a techie, so take this review from that perspective.
Mounting - simple enough
Calibration - not complicated, just a bit tedious if you have one device and multiple bikes
Data collection - Seems fine
App - App lost connectivity multiple times, feels like it needs an expert mode as it gets a bit too dumbed down for anyone with experience in tuning
Gotchas - most suspension parts are not that adjustable, double check the number of settings you can change on your fork and shock before investing. Tunes are specific to trails that your riding, take your bike someone drastically different and the suspension might not be as tuned as it was. Adjustments must be made one at a time (save the air pressure and tokens), thus you will be making lots of data collection laps to get the final result.
Big advice- check with local bikes hops as they may have a rental program or tuning service that you can work with.
If you have multiple bikes and tune-able suspension, it makes a nice addition to the tool set.
So the price has just been reduced by Quarq/SRAM, will you be reducing to the new norm?