Originally Posted by Alex Bond
Generally athletes more comfortable in endurance situations will prefer a higher damper, since they prefer the longer, slower, pull, whereas more explosive athletes will be better with a lower damper since they can really have a fast, explosive pull. Just setting it on 10 because there is more resistance is wrong, damper doesn't work like incline on a treadmill.
This. But EXACTLY the opposite.
Strong, explosive athletes will generally see more benefit from having the damper at a higher setting.
But to answer the opening poster's question, it doesn't matter what resistance people are using. 1 isn't going to be easier than 10. In fact, I bet you couldn't pull that same 500m time with the damper set at 1.