What is free sag on a dirt bike (Article in the dirt bike sag 101 series)

What is free sag on a dirt bike

Quick fire article on dirt bike free sag

As I began writing an article on how to adjust dirt bike suspension to your weight, that article includes the term “free sag“. This term needed to be defined, hence this short article to answer this question. Let’s take a look…

What is free sag on a dirt bike - Article in the dirt bike sag 101 series

Free sag on a dirt bike is the suspension measurement with the wheel of your dirt bike off the ground. This means the suspension has no weight on it whatsoever. When we talk about sag, we are talking about how much your dirt bike “sags”. Or put this another way, and in particular with reference to “free sag“, it’s how much your shock absorber drops when there’s no weight pushing through the suspension from the wheel.

The sag on a dirt bike can be changed to suit your style of riding. It can also be adjusted for the surface and type of dirt bike riding you’re doing. Finally, you will want to set the correct rider sag to suit your physical size and weight, which is done in reference to free sag as your starting point.

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This article is about the meaning or free sag. But there’s also rider sag as mentioned above and static sag too.

When you first buy a dirt bike, the sag will be set to the standard setting. This will be your starting point. This gives you an initial point to work from with your suspension in either direction. This is to either to increase sag, or to reduce sag.

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What is free sag on a dirt bike (Article in the dirt bike sag 101 series)
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