- Do you service your fork?
I was told that suspension forks need a service every 50 hours of use.
Surely most people on this forum are doing more than 50 hours each month, so are people actually servicing their forks that often? 12 times in a year? Haven’t noticed many being done in the local lbs.Posted 6 years agothe_lecht_rocksMember
yep every couple of months. takes 20 mins to clean up, re-oil, clean then soak the foam washers and add a wee bit of stendec suspension grease around the seals.
i’m too good though – clean and regrease headset and BB regularly and service my hubs regularly too…
brakes never need owt other than new pads generally.
like to tweak the shift indexing every week too, just to keep it running spot on…..
i have O.C.D…………
well worth it.Posted 6 years agojonbaMember
A few times a year.
Before “winter” to make sure they are running ok with plenty of oil. After winter to give them a good clean. The last few years I have done them after long races too. My shock after the Glentress 7 and the forks after Kielder 100. I check the bikes at these times too and often strip and rebuild/replace parts as needed.Posted 6 years agomuddymanMember
I bought a couple of dead forks for spares last year and both were dead due to dirt getting bellow the top seal .The seals were like brittle plastic with a ring of dirt were the grease should have been and the inside of the lowers were covered in white frothy slime from water getting in and mixing with the oil.Posted 6 years ago
I drop the lowers and change the oil a bit more often now Ive seen what happens when you dont !
£600 odd quid of fork mullard for the sake of a quick service doesnt make much sence realy !!
I completely stripped and serviced my Reba’s recently and TBH it was a piece of piss, even doing it for the first time. Just taking the lowers off to clean and change the splash bath oil will be very easy so I don’t see a problem doing this every 50 hours riding. I’ve noted on Strava when I did the service under “front shock” so know I’ve ridden 206km which is approx 10 hours ridding time, the next service should be due the end of June then.Posted 6 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
In all honesty I’m probably riding ( actually moving) maybe 30 hours a month in winter and closer to 70 in summer. I have only one bike and it does hardly any road work at all. My fork ( simple and agricultural Tora solo air) get serviced at the same time as I tape bars and frame etc. up for fitting lights and mudguard and “winterise” it ( horrid cliche), about when the clocks go back and when I take all the winter crap off again, oddly enough when they go forward again.Posted 6 years ago
Suntour forks are usually pretty cheap so it may not be cost effective paying someone to service them. You could contact TFtuned or LoCo or try your local bike shop, alternatively undo the foot nuts to remove the lowers so you can clean them and put some oil in each leg before reassembling.Posted 6 years agohilldodgerMember
Fox F32 forks, 2 years almost daily use, serviced only twice in that time 😳
Both times seals/foams were almost spotless, no marks on stanchions.
I do spray them with “magic stuff” after every ride or so, and a fender bender keeps nearly all the skank away from them……
…..so even if the do spontaneously self destruct now, after 2 years use it’ll work out at far less than £1/day so I’m far from bothered 😆Posted 6 years agoI_AcheMember
Yes its easy enough to do.
No I don’t do it often enough but that was when they went away for a warranty claim. The Pikes have been done once, when the o-ring went and they hydro locked these are 3 years old. The Recons have only had a small oil top up when changing the spring, these are 6 years old. I have never had my Monarch+ apart.Posted 6 years agoo96192083Member
I don’t get how so many people service their own forks! The thought of dismantling them horrifies me, I just KNOW it would go horribly wrong.
I once spent probably 30 minutes trying to lift the caps around the stantions to re oil the O rings, and couldn’t get them up at all. That is what I mean, every stage would be an absolute impossibility!Posted 6 years ago
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