Join Date: May 2002
Bikes: 2010 Cervelo RS. Marinoni touring bike. Kona Tanuki MTB. Specialized Hardrock (commuter). Raleigh (early 80s) Super Gran Prix.
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Chain lube VS. Grease for suspension fork maintenance
I have an RST Gilla Plus T5 suspension fork on my 6 month old Specialized Sport.
It has about 350km on it right now and I've kinda neglected proper maintenance on it.
My last ride, it would hardly bounce at all, pretty darn close to a rigid fork.
Tonight I have disassembled it and poured out about 1/4 cup of mud and water from the sliders and I vow to take better care of it.
I have cleaned out all the grease from the sliders and stanchions, however I am reluctant to use more grease inside the sliders. The dirt stuck to the grease (around the rubber seals) and acted like sandpaper and has marred the stanchion causing some surface rust. I was able to remove the rust but the stanchion remains marred (see photo).
I was wondering, instead of grease how about I lube the stanchion before every ride with Tri-flow by dribbling onto the stanchion so it can run down pst the seal, my thinking is that it will clear/flush the stanchion and seal of dirt, hence less friction, less damage and better sliding action.
THEN every so often, say every 4th or 5th ride I'll disassemble the fork and clean it (very muddy and wet wear I ride).