We use a manual to be book smart and leverage the data provided by the OEM. We can also take matters in our own hands and get out a tape measure to calculate our own settings.
Then we need to get out into the real world and see how those book smart settings hold up against the roads we ride on, the pace we ride at and how our given riding style uses up fork and shock travel. Street smart settings from real world testing can often provide data points that surprise us greatly![ members section has full article ]