Well, after 1 week and a bit of ownership and 150 miles, it's clear that me and my CT's suspension just aren't going to get along!
Popped out for an evenings ride last night and whilst the good bits are undoubtedly good, the bad suspension spoils it! On smoothish roads it's tolerable but on poor, bumpy and damaged roads it feels like the sliders are welded in their stanchions! Horrible. I've fiddled with the rebound settings front and rear and there is not that much improvement to be had. I've read loads of suspension threads and it's a common cause of complaint.
Spent a good part of the day ringing round the various suspension fettlers and have decided that Maxton offer the best value and probably the most predictable upgrade path since they have done a good few CTs.
That, and the fact they sorted the even more appalling NC750X forks out with a Cartridge conversion made my choice for me.
Unlike the NC which has a very basic Damper rod design in the forks, the CT does at least have cartridges. Cartridges can be re-valved and re-shimmed to sort the damping out. Oil choice, air gap and spring rate will sort the rest.
The CT is undersprung and the Compression damping is too hard which is why your wrists get a good hammering. With the Compression damping softened, the stiffer spring provides extra support to reduce fork dive.
Same goes with the Rear shock. Undersprung and overdamped.
Maxton offer a fancy full cartridge swap option which has compression damping in one leg, and rebound in the other as well as preload. Maxton didn't try to sell me this though which is to their credit. I explained the sort of riding I do and the fact that once the suspension is right, I never feel the need to fiddle with it. The lower price re-valve will reap the most benefit for the least cost (About £465 + VAT)
They make their stuff on site and have a skilled and friendly team. Big enough to be able to cope but small enough to care.
Booked in July 2nd. Will report back when done!