Front suspension maintenance
Hey guy! I just had a few questions about maintenance on my front fork.
1. Does your fork ever need oil or sort of lubrication?
2. If your bike sits around for months on end, can this damage the fork or any other part of the bike by not getting any use?
3. The rubber seals or rings around the bottoms of the fork where the chrome enters the under part of the fork, can they dry rot and is there any way the keep them maintained?
Quality forks will have maintenance schedules specified by the manufacturer or brand. The most frequent maintenance is probably changing the bath oil, which is a small amount of ail that sloshes around in the fork legs to lubricate bushings. There is sometimes damper oil to be changed less frequently, and I believe some of my air forks have small amounts of oil dropped into their air chambers.
I've not found a few months of sitting around to be a problem. I suppose after some long enough period of time that something might deteriorate.
Those rubber seals do deteriorate with time and sometimes need to be replaced. I just helped a friend replace his -- on a five-year-old bike -- this spring.
What brand and model fork do you have on your bike?
What brand and model fork do you have on your bike?[/QUOTE]
RockShox XC32 w/coil spring, TurnKey lockout, custom G2 Geometry, 51mm offset crown, 100mm travel
RockShox is good, because parts and so forth are readily available.
Originally Posted by trevor1968
Here's a link to the service manual for the XC for series:
There's a statement on Page 5 about service intervals. Changing the bath oil in the fork legs is recommended after every 50 hours of riding. Your bushings will last longer if you do that and keep them properly lubricated.