So, talk to me about forks.
I have a set of Fox vanilla R’s that are showing the dreaded stanchion wear, for the £200 it’ll cost to get new uppers i might as well save up a bit more and buy some new forks. Pikes are my first choice, but im also after longevity and theres been alot thrown around these forums about lowers service every 15-20 hours, which for me, can easily be once a week but maybe this is jsut me being lazy? of course marzocchis would have been the obvious choice now, but their reliability of late means they get a big thumbs down. Am i just gonna have to pull my finger out and strip the lowers off regularly to help avoid wear?? tell me your experiences.
Cheers.Posted 8 years agoflatbackMember
i have never had a problem with my fox forks and owned 4 pairs, really well used in south wales winter mud
but here’s the rub i dont wash them,no nasty hose pipes or jet washing or chemicals, oil the chain a lot and clean the bike every 200 miles, if it gets muddy the next wet ride cleans the bike, stop washing your bikes everything will last a lot longerPosted 8 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Go get some Pikes mate.Posted 8 years ago
Fantastic forks, honestly, they are that good.
As for this servicing lark, once a year is fine for air forks, coil forks can go 2 years unless something is wrong. The one thing I ALWAYS do though is to give each stanchion a spray with a Teflon lube spray after each wash, then work the fork to get it inside the seals.oxym0r0nSubscriber
I dont know anybody who has ever had their forks serviced, mine and my mates get caned week in week out without any problems?
I’ve driven my car for years and it still works fine – never been serviced – I’ve saved so much money!
stop washing your bikes everything will last a lot longer
TBH I don’t even bother pumping up my tyres anymore – the next pile of loose grass I roll over just threads itself between the tyre and rim
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??? exactly, i don’t know anyone with pushed pikes and everybody I know with them still loves them.
How hard do they ride? If you like mincing about on xc rides then pikes are probably the forks for you.
If you like riding hard and fast then Pikes are useless, they simply seize up and become more rigid than a rigid fork. I heard about one guy who didnt get his pikes push tuned and the next thing he new was the insides of the pikes had started to melt due to all of the friction created due to the poor damping and hard and fast riding.Posted 8 years ago
Yes, I’m sure, now I may be your average trail centre mincer and a few runs down glentress isn’t going to push them that hard, but i know plenty of people who do push them harder than I do and are more than satisfied. Not saying the push won’t make them better but they’re pretty bloody good out the box. If your friend that melted them was pushing them so hard maybe something like a lyrik or boxxer is more the fork for them.
If you hadn’t wrote MUST in capaitals in your original post it probably wouldn’t have led to the next ten posts.Posted 8 years ago
Dont know about that.
All I know is the poor damping had caused so much friction to build up between him and the forks, that one night after a tough day at work, he got home and just decided to melt his fork internals in anger.
Anyway after doing this, the forks performed the task they should obviously have been intended to much better, thats act as a rigid fork.Posted 8 years ago
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