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Old 01-06-06, 12:01 AM   #1
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Why do some shocks have a black covering?

why are sum forks with suspension covered in a black tubing while others are not? Is it safe to remove this tubing?
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Cause some are sealed, and some arent.

I would just take off the tubing, alot of times dirt gets behind it and can scratch the stanctions.
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thanks for the info...is this just simply the case of cutting it off? btw i hav often noticed this tubing on "cheaper" bikes...my own bike is a medium range bike is it just my imagination or is this tubing only put on lower range shocks?
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On cheap forks that don't have good sealing, they put boots on them. The boots trap the grime, making the situation worse.
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I also think the boots have something to do with appearance. For those less interested in performance and more interested is springs/levers/bells/whistles, the accordion boot looks "impressive".
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A well designed and installed fork boot really helps to keep dirt and grime out of fork internals. Ironicly, most factory installed fork boots either have vent holes or fit poorly, making them useless. Also, around the mid '90s, pro racers (who got free parts and had an army of mechanics to service their ride) tended not to run them, giving amateur riders a good reason to remove them out of hero worship.

Fast forward to today - most high end forks don't come with boots. The fork manufacturers assume the owner will maintain them to 'race' standards: clean the exposed stanchion tubes before and after every ride, oil changes every 25 hours and a compete overhaul after every 100 hours.
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so does this mean the "boots" can be removed without any adverse conseqeunces?
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If you're willing to clean the stanchions and keep grime off the seals.
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This is an interesting topic... I have some of this black tubing on my Cannondale Lefty fork. Has anyone tried to remove this? What does it look like underneath?
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Your lefty has small roller bearings to cope with loads it must withstand due to its single telescoping tube. It requires that boot to keep the lube inside and dirt out.
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sum people seem to think that their shocks are more "hardcore" because they dont have the boots...so i hav to again ask the question will anything bad happen to the shocks if i remove the boots?
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sum people seem to think that their shocks are more "hardcore" because they dont have the boots...so i hav to again ask the question will anything bad happen to the shocks if i remove the boots?
So you need to listen again .... not if you properly maintain/clean them. If in doubt, keep 'em on. I have a Bomber with them and frankly I don't spend my time looking at the fork boots when I ride.
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okey dokey thanks for the help everyone
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