Are tires more important than suspension?

Are tires more important than suspension?


In this video we analyse how a bike reacts to obstacles. A small drop, a flat landing and two different type of bikes. Shot at 240 fps, we slowed down the video to discover that the tires compress and extend back before the suspensions even start working. Casing, rubber compound and especially air pressure are key for the correct bike set up, more than most riders think.

Don’t be fooled by the slowmo, the suspension does not bottom out, the SB 5.5 is rather linear though. Normal speed: