I had a pretty good weekend at Road Atlanta last weekend. First time tracking this bike. I had the sag at about 11 turns in. Rebound and compression were set at the recommended 12 turns in, I believe. These settings seemed to work out just fine. After two full days of riding Advanced pace, front tire wear was excellent and even, and there was reasonably good response and feedback. I may fine tune as I take it to different tracks, but you are right. Once you get rider sag, it's best to go out and ride it and see how it feels.