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Jockey’s main frame is consisted of Upper and Lower Arms that provide vertical stabilization for your 3-axis gimbal. An adjustable Main Spring is integrated to absorb and neutralize bounces and hydraulic shocks are used to dissipate store energy to prevent oscillation. Diagonal handle bars connect the arms to the handles which doubles as legs along with the balancing leg. A rig locking disc (see picture above) at the bottom of the balancing leg works in tandem with the Jockey Support Rig to redistribute payload to the operator’s hips. 


2.1 Upon opening your Jockey package, locate the hardware bag and install (clockwise) the 5mm set screw half way into the Balancing Leg. Then screw and completely secure the Balancing Leg to the bottom and back of the Jockey.

2.2 Follow the picture on the hardware bag and install two O-Rings to the back end of your Ronin gimbal’s pan shaft. The O-Rings will cushion the gimbal from the Jockey if excessive bounce results.

2.3 By turning the red knob with 3 inch screws you can mount the Right Handle Bar and the Left Handle Bar on the arms. Please note, there is a rectangular cavity on the bottom of Right Handle Bar for wires and the Left Handle Bar does not have a cavity.


3.1 There are two red Spring Adjustment Knobs. Knob-A is for adjusting the spring’s tension at the front of the arms and Knob-B is for adjusting the spring’s angle in the back. When you mount your 3-axis gimbal and camera payload on the Jockey, the goal is to balance your Jockey so the Upper and Lower Arms are near parallel to the ground (equilibrium).

The angle adjustment changes the leverage of the spring and the tension adjustment provides more fine tuned adjustments. Use both adjustment knobs to reach equilibrium.

3.2 Adjust Knob-B (the angle) first at the back of the arms which moves the Spring Holder’s black ring up or down on Knob-B’s threaded bolt (You can see the Spring Holder through the top back opening of the Upper Arm). There should be approximately ¾ to 1 inch of thread left on top of the Spring Holder’s black ring. Rotate the Knob-B clockwise to move the Spring Holder up or counterclockwise to move it down. The space should be smaller for heavier gimbal (approx ¾ inch) and the spacing for lighter gimble such as Ronin-M should be larger (approx 1 inch). If the Spring Holder is moved too far up, the gimbal will have a tendency to shoot upwards when tilted up and if it is moved too far down, it will shoot downwards.

3.3 Adjust Knob-A (the tension) clockwise to loosen or counter-clockwise to tighten to make sure there is no slob left in the spring. If you can move the arm up and don’t feel any spring tension, the minimum spring tension is set too low. The Jockey arm needs to be in its highest point at approximately 40-45 degrees. Lift the arm up to make sure there is no slop. Adjust tension Knob-A by turning it counterclockwise to tighten the spring until the slop disappears, then turn it clockwise to decrease tension and lower the arm. When the Jockey arm is at its highest point, the spring should have a bit of tension otherwise the range of movement of the Jockey will be reduced. Please note that Knob-B adjustments will affect the minimum spring tension set by Knob-A. Please double check this spring tension and make sure it is not loose when the arm reaches equilibrium.

3.4 Mount your 3-axis gimbal with camera payload on the Jockey’s Top Gimbal Clamp (See picture above).

3.5 Adjust Knob-B (the angle) to bring payload to equilibrium. Ronin may require a slightly higher arm angle (approximately 15 degrees), whereas as Ronin-M can easily operate with less arm angle (between zero and minus 10 degrees). The lower the arm angle the less likely the gimbal would shoot up when the Jockey is tilted up.

3.6 Adjust Knob-A (the tension) to fine tune payload to equilibrium. By turning Knob-A counter-clockwise you will further tighten the spring to bring the payload to equilibrium. At this point do not loosen Knob-A (clockwise) beyond the your preset level attained on Section 3.3. 

Important Jockey Operating Instruction:

Filming with the Jockey outside the holster offers the best vertical stabilization, especially when you are walking or running. Insert the Jockey in the Support Rig's holster for stationary panning and pivoting shots or to take a break and make camera adjustments. If you choose to walk and film with the Jockey inside the belt holster, we recommend that you employ a heel-to-toe gimbal walk as if you are using a steadicam.

Transition from operating in and out of the holster provides many ways to optimize Jockey functions. By lowering or raising the cone-shaped-collar under the Jockey you can decrease or increase Jockey's range of movement inside the holster. A higher cone-shaped-collar position would allow you to freely lift the Jockey out of the holster from any angle and a lower position would allow it to lock on to the holster.

For operators who need extra support and to keep the holster up, there is a highly recommended suspender, available at

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V. Rubber O-Rings Installation for Ronin / Ronin-M

These O-Rings are used to cushion the Ronin / Ronin-M in case of excessive bounce. Please follow the attached photo on how to install them.