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Mac Gyvering a front shock lockout

Old 07-21-14, 09:50 PM
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Mac Gyvering a front shock lockout

Hi all,

I have a2007 or so hardtail MTB that I rarely ride off road. It's mostly a commuter bike to shlep me back and for the to work. It has bouncy front fork shock absorbers that consume a lot of energy when I climb hills. Maybe the shockers are bad?

In any event, it occurs to me I could make a lockout on my own using 2 pieces od rubber hose to insulate the smooth shock surface and some hose clamps. Is this a genius idea or stupid?

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I'd probably use a split piece of PVC instead of hose.
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really into just jury rigging this thing?
Take it apart and put Ply reinforced high pressure hose inside, instead of the spring/suspension mech Mech.

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Put a rigid fork on it. You can pickup a fork for very little money, reuse the other parts.
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Originally Posted by Slash5
Put a rigid fork on it. You can pickup a fork for very little money, reuse the other parts.
This is the only advice I would give. The fork is just not right for the job. When you need an offroad bike, get an offroad bike. Right now, you need a commuter bike. A rigid fork will probably be your best option.
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Reminds me of this rear suspension fix-
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The simple solution is probably just changing your riding technique slightly. If your fork is sinking all over the place, you probably have too much weight on the bars, and the simple solution is shift your weight farther back.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I've already reduced the bounce as much as I can by adjusting my riding style. The next step is swapping in a rigid front fork. That seems like a better solution!
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