- FOX FORK FAILURES – SURVEY
2004 talas rl
Battered for eighteen months on an enduro
Swapped over to a 456 and ridden in all conditions with a complete lack of maintenance apart from the usual post ride wash.
I got the best part of four years flawless riding out of them before one of the top seals started to leak.
I took said fork to mojo and they replaced the seals, bushes and painted them, got them back as good as new. Minus 230 notes. 🙁Posted 8 years agodavefarmerMember
serviced loads of forks for people in a professional environment.
Seen a LOT of worn stanctions.
The comment about caustic cleaners is spot on, there is always corrosion with the wear, and the old oil kinda smells soapy.
I even serviced a fork where the oil smelled like off milk, and looked like it! The stanctions were lovely and smooth. The owner was amazed by them after a service, they actually had damping!
i have seen forks where the seal has dried out to the point that the rubber is cracked! We all know what a plastic gear cable housing will do when rubbed against a frame, wear it away. This is exactly what happens when seals dry out too.Posted 8 years agosnowpaulMember
I hav had 2x sets of stanchions go on my 04 RLC 80mm floats – both left hand side – to be fair they had had starship miles on them with reasonable servicing but ridden in the peak / lakes / local sandy forest 3x weekly… wasnt impressed vs bombers….
Another 2 mates have chewed up their newer model stanchions in a sim manner – I wouldnt buy another fox shock again – my 3rd set is lasting ok but showing signs of wear already on their last service – I put more oil in too…
hmmm my opinion is that its where you ride and lack of oil and less than obsessive servicing that does it. still anti fox personally – prices are stoooopid
paulPosted 8 years agoGaVgAsMember
I do think its odd how I have racked up several thousand miles on motorcycles (off road) and it has never occured to me to look at fork servecing or stanction wear on motorcycles.
Why cant mountain bikes have the same level of durability?
light weight/performance should not come at the expense of reliability imho. 😥
Some Rockshocks yesterdayPosted 8 years agomrelectricSubscriber
Fox 32 Vanilla R 140mmPosted 8 years ago
OE on 2007 Marin Rock Springs bought March 2008
Used on daily West Yorks off-road commute and soem w/e/s. Wiped down every few days; rinsed off most days
Sept 08: oil appeared with wear on anodising and grooves on left stanchion.
Bought seal kit & replaced carefully, polished worn area very smoothly but oil leak problem reoccured within a month or 2 and is getting worse. Right side fine. Mojo & LBS not interested.
I wouldn’t spend more money on the fork without new stanchions. Might put these on older HT that kids use and get more reliable RS etc for FSColemanMember
2005 Fox F100xPosted 8 years ago
2007 Fox F100x
Both ridden weekly all year round, rarely serviced, kept meticulously clean, bikes stored upside down. Both still work faultlessly with no visible stanchion wear. Best forks I've ever owned.
Can't see what all the fuss is about re Fox reliability/wear.solamandaMember
I've never suffered stanchion wear with any fork and I put serious miles on my forks. However I stick to service schedules, grease seals well and ALWAYS clean the top of fork seals after every ride. I'm convinced accelerated fork wear is partly due to dried up mud or dust from a previous ride being forced in the fork on the next ride.
Only time I've suffered short fork seal life is when I've ridden my bike with bad mud deposits remaining on the stanchions.Posted 8 years ago
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