Installing Your Shock  |  General Maintenance  |  Before You Ride  |  Measuring Sag  |  Setting Sag  |  Adjusting Rebound  |  Adjusting Compression  |  Service Intervals  |  Important Safety Information  |  Stuck Down Shock  |  Air Sleeve Maintenance



0.47 lbs./213 g
(6.50" x 1.50" No reducers)


lightweight chassis, DOHC ProPedal Technology that provides pedaling efficiency as well as control and sensitivity for big and small hits. with 2 positions, air spring pressure, rebound adjust



intended use

freeride A style of riding that is defined by short course technical acrobatics and athletes that defy gravity. Generally, the bikes and components required for freeriding are stronger and heavier than their lightweight cross-country brethren. Combine the aerial pyrotechnics of freeriding with some longer trails and courses, as is typical of cross-country riding, and now you're looking at all-mountain riding., all-mountain A style of bicycle riding that melds the stamina and conditioning required of cross-country with the technical abilities of freeriding., cross-country A style of bicycle riding that is defined by long rides, lightweight bicycles and stamina.

Installing Your Shock

If you are installing your shock on a bike in which the shock is not original equipment:

  1. Install the shock.

  2. Remove the main air chamber air cap and let all the air out of the main air chamber.

  3. Carefully cycle the suspension through its entire travel The total amount the shock or fork compresses. On a shock it is measured using the eye-to-eye distance or shaft travel..

  4. Check that all parts of the shock are clear of the frame and swingarm as it cycles through the travel.

  5. Pressurize your main air chamber to a minimum of 50 psi and no more than 300 psi. You will tune to a more specific air pressure in the Setting Sag section below.

  6. Set sag.

General Maintenance

There may be a small amount of air sleeve lubricant residue on the body. This is normal. If this residual air sleeve lubricant is not present, this is an indication that the air sleeve should be re-lubricated. Some other things to consider for all shock models:

Before You Ride

  1. Clean the outside of your shock with soap and water and wipe dry with a soft dry rag. Do not use a high pressure washer on your shock.

  2. Inspect entire exterior of shock for damage. The shock should not be used if any of the exterior parts appear to be damaged. Please contact your local dealer or FOX Racing Shox for further inspection and repair.

  3. Check that quick-release levers (or thru-axle pinch bolts) are properly adjusted and tightened.

  4. Check headset adjustment. Adjust headset if loose, according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

  5. Check that brake cables or hoses are properly fastened.

  6. Check that the front and rear brakes operate properly on flat land.

Setting Sag

You can also view a Flash video on Setting Sag.

To get the best performance from your TRIAD shock, it is necessary to set sag Amount a shock or fork compresses with the rider sitting on the bike in a normal riding position. Best measured with an assistant holding your bike up and with the rider in full riding gear. On a fork, it is helpful to place a ZIP tie around one of the upper tubes.. To set sag:

  1. Locate the Schrader air valve on the shock and remove the valve cap.

  2. Screw the FOX Racing Shox High Pressure pump onto the air valve until the pump shows pressure on the gauge. Do not over-tighten the valve chuck.  

  3. Add air pressure until desired pressure is shown on the gauge. Refer to the appropriate Triad Air Spring Settings table below.

Check your bicycle owner's manual as manufacturers may specify specific settings that correspond to different rear suspension designs. All things being equal, your bicycle's owner's manual settings take precedence over the settings shown in the table below.

  1. Unthread the pump from the air valve and measure sag.5. Repeat steps 2-4 until proper sag is achieved, then replace the air valve cap.


Rider Weight

lbs. (kg)

Main Air Chamber Pressure PSI

90 - 100 (41 - 45)

95 - 100

110 - 110 (45 - 50)

100 - 110

110 - 120 (50 - 54)

110 - 120

120 - 130 (54 - 60)

120 - 125

130 - 140 (60 - 64)

125 - 130

140 - 150 (64 - 68)

130 - 135

150 - 160 (68 - 73)

135 - 140

160 - 170 (73 - 77)

140 - 150

170 - 180 (77 - 82)

150 - 160

180 - 190 (82 - 86)

160 - 170

190 - 200 (86 - 91)

170 - 180

200 - 210 (91 - 95)

180 - 190

210 - 220 (95 - 100)

190 - 200

220 - 230 (100 - 104)

200 - 210

230 - 240 (104 - 109)

210 - 220

240 - 250 (109 - 113)

220 - 230

250 - 265 (113 - 120)

230 - 240

265 - 280 (120 - 127)

240 - 250

280 - 295 (127 - 134)

250 - 260

Adjusting Rebound

Rebound controls the rate at which your shock returns after it has been compressed. The proper rebound setting is a personal preference, and changes with rider weight, riding style and conditions. A rule of thumb is that rebound should be as fast as possible without kicking back and pushing the rider off the saddle.

The rebound knob has 8-10 clicks of adjustment.

For slower rebound, turn the red adjuster knob clockwise.

For faster rebound, turn the red adjuster knob counterclockwise.

Adjusting Compression

Some bicycles feature a FOX Racing Shox TRIAD shock. The TRIAD has three on-the-fly suspension settings:




Use the different settings to tune the shock to different riding conditions and situations. For example, use the PROPEDAL or LOCKED position for riding to the top of the mountain, and then switch to the OPEN position for the descent. Because suspension designs and riding skills vary, optimal settings can vary from bike to bike and rider to rider.

To determine which compression adjust position is best, pedal the bicycle at about 15 MPH and monitor the shock movement. Switch between positions and select the one that reduces suspension movement most effectively while providing the desired amount of bump absorption. The setting may change depending on conditions and riding styles.