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is my fork ok?

Old 09-12-13, 03:31 PM
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is my fork ok?

I've just purchased a 'Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 140 RL',(new one)(haven't really rode it yet)
and it seems that when i push the fork in(at home, while holding the front brake), it doesn't fully go back to place, nothing major, just a few millimeters, but to get it back to its original position i have to lift the front wheel of ground by pulling the handlebar up.(so the stanchions get some weight from the wheel),
i already lubed the stanchions with "finish line Stanchion Fluoro Oil" thinking it was some friction problem, but it didn't seem to solve the 'problem'.
any thoughts?
and second thing I've noticed, is that the lockout doesn't fully locks the fork, i can still push the fork a bit down(a few millimeters.),
is it some security measure so the shock doesn't explode if it hits a bump while on lockout?

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Old 09-12-13, 04:16 PM
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Can't speak about the lockout issue, but it's normal for unloaded forks not to return to exactly where they started. Properly adjusted the fork will ride at a settled height, allowing room for over travel when they rebound. Otherwise the pistons would be slamming into a dead stop on every rebound.

The settled position is sort of a soft height where the spring (or air) support matches the load and it's at equilibrium. As you get there the imbalance of forces lessens and eventually friction may have it stop traveling short of where it was last time. This doesn't matter because in the real world it's constantly moving through the small range so it's not like there's one magic exact spot one would call normal. What does matter is that it returns to the right general area and moves freely as you ride over small bumps.

The main key is that you adjust the settle height for your weight, which I'm sure the manual explains how to do.
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that's a comforting answer, i'll try to set the sag properly.
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