Sure it's been two years since the ShockWiz Kickstarter campain. Yes, it's also been a year since SRAM jumped on board and launched the product under the Quarq name.
If you went by time alone, you might think us folks at WLC had been slacking off in regards to the hottest new product in suspension tuning. But truth be told, the ShockWiz has been hard to get a hold of and slow to get to market. Once the "product available" email came in though, we jumped at the "add to cart" button, and well....... that pretty much brings us to now.
The Quarq ShockWiz is a small electronic gizmo that attaches to the air chamber on your (air sprung) suspension fork or rear shock. Using Bluetooth technology, it transmits data to a (free) ShockWiz app that you load on to your smartphone. Yes, this means you have to bring your phone along on your next ride....... but lets be honest, you were probably planning on hunting Strava KOM's with it anyway, right?
In person the ShockWiz is small, expensive, unassuming and comes in a box containing almost nothing aside from the required mounting accessories. Being a crotchety old grump, the lack of printed instructions was a bummer to me, as was the realization that learning to use the device/app requires watching a few YouTube videos. Yes, I realize this is the preferred method of ingesting information for 99% of the population........but I personally would have liked something to read. Once I broke down and stared at the computer for a while, I found it exceedingly simple to mount the unit and load up the app. It did however take me a while to realize that the Bluetooth function of my phone needed to be on in order to pair with the device. Whoops.
Set-up for using the device is straightforward and the app walks you thru the steps with a nice "Setup Wizard". The actual steps of this process were a little more in depth and time consuming then I expected, but nothing you couldn't power thru in an uninterrupted 15 minutes. Make sure you have a shock pump with you though, since you'll be taking things down to 0psi when you start.
I was curious to see what the app would tell me about my setup as I had my own thoughts after a few good rides. Air pressure felt right to me (though I do like it on the firmer side), but the rebound damping seemed a little light. Compression seemed a tad bit high. Okay Mr. ShockWiz, what do you have to say?
Let go riding!
On the trail the app monitors shock performance in live time, and will offer suggestions of what to ride next if it requires more data. I found myself stopping every 20-30 minutes to check the app, and see if it had any route suggestions, and then would alter my course accordingly. After an hour or so of riding, I stopped for a break, and checked my results. First up, it was recommended that I drop the air pressure in my (120mm travel?) Rock Shox Pike........ something I sort of expected right off the bat. I'm always game to try something new though, so 110psi became 93psi.