Suspension Service and Tuning (SST)
This program is designed for the experienced mechanic who desires to enhance his or her knowledge in regard to suspension tuning and maintenance. Suspensions systems are far more service-intensive than any other part of the bicycle. In the motorcycle industry, servicing suspensions is considered the gravy of the service side of the business. However, for the bicycle mechanic there is a whole new set of unfamiliar tools and techniques to deal with. With oil changes called for every 30-40 hours of riding, and bushing replacements needed with alarming frequency, the ability to be comfortable with servicing a wide variety of suspensions can be the ticket to a whole new revenue source in the service department. Furthermore, expertise in this area is sure to set your shop apart from your competitors.
The program teaches service of current models, but students quickly learn to see that despite the proliferation of designs there are just a few basic principles that are constant to all suspension designs. After taking this program, you should be confident not only servicing the popular suspensions on the market today, but whatever "innovative" designs come along in the future.
WHO TAKES THE SUSPENSION THEORY, SERVICE, & TUNING PROGRAM?
This program is the ideal add-on to make Bicycle Repair & Overhaul the most complete training program for the professional mechanic! Class size is limited to twelve students, which results in a six-to-one maximum student/teacher ratio for unequaled personal attention.
Although suspension service does not rely directly on knowledge gained from working on the rest of the bike, because the equipment requires high degrees of finesse and mechanical technique, this program is recommended for experienced bicycle mechanics only. Also, anyone completing the Bicycle Repair & Overhaul program should consider themselves well-prepared for this program.
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE COURSE?
This course is taught with a lecture, demonstration, then lab format. In addition, written materials are provided to educate you in the principles by which spring and damping systems function.
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE AND WHEN IS IT OFFERED?
Suspension Service & Tuning takes three days to complete. It starts on the Monday immediately following the conclusion of Bicycle Repair & Overhaul on a Friday. See Schedule & Prices for specific date information.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A TEXTBOOK?
Yes, Barnett's Manual DX is required for the Suspension Service & Tuning class. We will provide loaner laptop computers for use in class to anyone who needs one. However, if you have a laptop computer we strongly encourage you to bring it with you.
HOW MUCH HANDS-ON WILL I GET?
Approximately one-third of the class time is demonstration, and two-thirds is hands-on lab work.
WILL I GET A CERTIFICATE?
You will receive a certificate from BBI. The certificate will indicate the number of hours of training received and the topic areas covered.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHEN IS IT OFFERED?
See Schedule & Prices page for price and schedule information.
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE COVERED?
- Tuning coil-spring rates
- Adjusting air springs
- Adjusting damping
- Oil changes
- Measuring oil viscosity
- Using viscosity changes for tuning
- Bushing and seal replacement
- External and internal travel changes
- Complete fork overhaul on current and recent RockShox, Manitou, Marzocchi, and Cannondale forks*
- Air-spring overhaul on current and recent RockShox, Fox, and Cane Creek rear shocks*
* Brands and models subject to change without notice, depending on rapid change that occurs within the suspension market!