Tune Your Suspension with the help of Bike Setup App from App-Uncture

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There are quite a few resources out there to help you start out with your suspension tuning, but if you’re looking for a better way to keep track of it all you may want to check out this app. Simply called Bike Setup, as the first app from Vancouver based App-Uncture, Bike Setup is like a suspension diary for all of your rides. Basically, when you set up your bike in the App, it allows you to enter all of the vital statistics including tires, weather, trail conditions and more. When you’re done riding you can rate the suspension set up and use that information to tweak the setup for future rides. The app won’t dial in your set up for you, but it will provide a handy reference for the next time you go to put air in your shock thinking, “now what pressure was I running?”

Check out the details of Bike Setup after the break.

The app retails for $0.99, though it is currently only available for iPhones and only if you are running ios7. For more details and the link to buy, check out the App-Uncture website.

You can input as little information about your bike as you want, but the app has input fields for the following info:

Bikes:

  • Bike image for the main screen – take new photo or choose from your library
  • Bike Make and Model – text
  • Front Suspension Make and Model – text
  • Front Suspension Travel (mm) – number
  • Rear Travel (mm) – number
  • Rear Shock Length Eye to Eye Extended (mm) – number
  • Rear Shock Stroke (mm) – number
  • Leverage Ratio – Calculation = (Rear Travel/Shock Stroke)
  • Bike Weight (lbs) – number
  • Rider Weight (lbs) – number
  • Other – text

Front Suspension:

  • Make & Model – pulled from bike info
  • Travel (mm) – pulled from bike info
  • Sag (mm) – number
  • Sag % – calculation = ([Sag (mm)/Travel (mm)] x 100) – number
  • High Speed Compression (Clicks from slowest) – number
  • Low Speed Compression (Clicks from slowest) – number
  • Rebound (Clicks from Slowest) – number
  • Air Pressure (psi) – number
  • Spring Weight – text
  • Front Compression Feel – 2Soft – Soft – Good – Stiff – 2Stiff
  • Front Rebound Feel – 2Slow – Slow – Good – Fast – 2Fast
  • Travel Used (mm) – number
  • Other – text (may include things such as CTD settings)

Rear Suspension:

  • Make & Model – pulled from bike info
  • Travel (mm) - pulled from bike info
  • Rear Shock Length Eye to Eye Extended (mm) - pulled from bike info
  • Shock stroke (mm) - pulled from bike info
  • Rear Shock Length Eye to Eye Compressed (mm) – number
  • Sag (mm) – calculation = Extended (mm) – Compressed (mm)
  • Sag % – calculation = ([Sag (mm)/Shock Stroke(mm)] x 100) – number
  • High Speed Compression (Clicks from slowest) – number
  • Low Speed Compression (Clicks from slowest) – number
  • Rebound (Clicks from Slowest) – number
  • High Speed/End Stroke Rebound (Clicks from Slowest) – number
  • Low Speed/Beginning Stroke Rebound (Clicks from Slowest) – number
  • Air Pressure (psi) – number
  • Spring Weight – number
  • Rear Compression Feel – 2Soft – Soft – Good – Stiff – 2Stiff
  • Rear Rebound Feel – 2Slow – Slow – Good – Fast – 2Fast
  • Travel Used (mm) – number
  • Other – text (may include things such as CTD or boost valve settings)

Tires:

  • Front Tire Model – text
  • Front Tire Pressure (psi) – number
  • Front Tire Grip – Poor – ok – Good – Great
  • Front Tire Feel – Soft – Good – Firm – Hard
  • Rear Tire Model – text
  • Rear Tire Pressure (psi) – number
  • Rear Tire Grip - Poor – ok – Good – Great
  • Rear Tire Feel - Soft – Good – Firm – Hard

Testing Location:

  • Trail Name – text
  • Lap time – time entry (hh:mm:ss) (via your choice of lap time measuring app or device)
  • Date – date entry
  • Trail Difficulty – Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced – Pro
  • Temperature – Cold – Cool – Ok – Warm – Hot
  • Weather Conditions – Snow – Rain – Cloudy – Sunny
  • Trail Conditions – Wet – Damp – Dry – Dusty
  • Downhill – None – Moderate – Steep – Mixed
  • Uphill – None – Moderate – Steep – Mixed
  • Technical – None – Moderate – Lots – Mixed
  • Jumps – None – Small – Medium – Big – Mixed
  • Drops – None – Small – Medium – Big – Mixed

Overall Rating:

  • Rating – 1 to 5 – Displayed on Set-up home page, used primarily to easily find good settings on the set-up home page
  • Overall Comments – text

Comments

Booth - 01/21/14 - 10:19am

What a difference the music makes, video #1 I couldnt concentrate on what was happening, Video #2 I could watch and made more sense.

Jez - 01/21/14 - 8:23pm

OK, bought it and began playing with it, as I love the idea of the app – if for nothing more than to record a baseline for each bike (or component change).
Don’t like the fact (and I may be wrong here, I’ve had it 10 minutes!) that I can’t use metric or imperial in every data entry option – suspension measurements are metric, but weights are in imperial, for example.
I’d rather it was all one (or the other), or have just user definable – should be pretty easy to calculate).
Other than that, it’s pretty cool and will be very handy to log runs and establish a setup that feels good to, and works properly for the rider.

app-uncture - 01/22/14 - 12:42am

Hi Guys,

Booth, first one was intended to catch your attention and make you want to explore further, but yes, hard to follow which is why we did two.

Thanks for the comments Jez, point noted about the metric/imperial, we started off just with the way we do it but for sure we can incorporate that into an update. For now there is nothing stopping you using the units you want, it’ll just have the wrong heading. Thanks for the feedback.

Garett - 01/24/14 - 9:36am

This looks pretty cool. Any plans for a Droid version?

Ham-planet - 01/30/14 - 5:57pm

There’s nothing cool about using units not approved for use with the SI.

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