Hi! My impression of the bikes front suspension is that it's hard at stock setting. One advice I got was "soften the compresion an increase rebound" I soften the Compression and increased Rebound with a very bad result. The bike felt very unstable. I'm not experienced with either riding nor suspension settings so after that I have read as much info I've found about suspension settings. One rule of thumb I have found is to set the rebound first to avoid thinking that the compression is wrong. I have finally got the suspension feeling better on my XChallenge and here are my conclusions this far: -The stock Rebound is high on this bike. -The spring is probably made for a rider that is heavier than my 72kg. My present setting (still slowly decreasing the settings) is: C= -4 from stock R= -5 from stock My free sag is 35mm which is on the high side of recommended (that's why I belive the spring is maybe a little stiff to my weight) Race sag is 53-55mm which is somewhere around the recomendations I've read. Mostly I use approx 50% of the travel and accasionally 70%. I'm not an aggressive rider though so it may go deeper if i would do a hard landing. It's difficult to see how much is used but I can fel the oil film to 190mm and clearly see it at half of the travel. I will keep trying to improve the setting because it really makes a difference in both comfort and control. I'm very interested in YOUR weight/skill level/setting and opinion about the front !!