Suspension fork boots
I think the consensus is they do more harm than good. They can protect from the initial spray of crud, but once they get dirty they just hold the muck against the stanchions.Posted 4 years ago
Having said that, I use one on my rear shock and it does make a difference, but you need to make sure you take it off and clean it after riding.twonksSubscriber
Back in the day 90% of forks used to come with rubber boots.
The first thing we did was cut them off for the reasons above.
Unless you are riding in continuous torrential rain and can secure the boots in such a way as to keep the stanctions completely dry during the ride, then I’d avoid.Posted 4 years agoscar4meMember
There has only ever been 1 fork boot I’m aware of that actually worked.
The lefty one.
And that’s because it has an extra air-bleed hole that the air goes through when compressing, and that has another runner boot over it and a foam filter in it to stop crap getting into the stantions.
So basically… avoid boots.
Dust wipers do a decent job if you clean them often enough.
ScarPosted 4 years agomangatankMember
I think a dropper post needs a mudguard rather than a boot. Anything in contact with the surface, even without mud, will start to wear away because of the constant vibration passing through the frame. Mud and grit makes this much worse. You could use an inner tube tied to the saddle and the clamp area, but it’s only going to reduce some of the spray, not eliminate it, and doesn’t have any additional benefits such as keeping your shorts dry!Posted 4 years agostarfanglednutterMember
GD’s come with a rubber boot, which does help keep the cr@p out of the mechanism. The boot has air holes in it and is generally loose fitting, so it’s quite useful, although mainly used to cover the ugly holes in the post I think! But generally subject to less spray than a stanchion, plus the post is much easier to service than a fork and the sliding post section is more readily replaced, so the application is slightly different. Don’t think I’d use one on any other dropper though.Posted 4 years ago
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