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Cold weather fork storage.

Old 04-10-22, 02:53 PM
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Cold weather fork storage.

Hi all. Wondering how cold is too cold for a suspension fork to be stored? It is finally nice enough to get my new ride out of the basement and go on some light rides and after put in the garage. It is still getting to a degree or two below freezing overnight. Can that cause damage to the fork seals etc? It is a fox 34 step cast.
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Old 04-10-22, 04:49 PM
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I have had four suspension forks which I store in my unheated garage. The temperatures here are similar to southern Manitoba, so it will get down to -30C inside the garage a few times a year but it is mostly between -10C and -20C.

I have had two Marzocchi 320LCR forks. One suffered a failure of the air spring on a very cold day. The other is still in working order, although it is not currently installed on a bike. The remaining one is about five years old.

I have an Ohlins coil spring fork which is four years old and which is ridden mostly off road and fairly hard. It is just fine.

I have a Wren inverted fork on my fat tire bike. It has dual air chamber springs. It has two winters on it and it is just fine.

I might point out that automobile suspension dampers are often stored outside at -40C and operated at that temperature with no adverse consequences.
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Old 04-10-22, 06:45 PM
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I have an old Rocshock Tora I carry on my roof and ride when it is below freezing.
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Old 04-11-22, 09:59 AM
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Ok thanks for the replies. I have seen mention before about not storing in cold climates for extended periods but I'm not sure how true that is, as you both have pointed out. I did store my old bike (rockhopper pro with a RS Recon fork) in the garage all winter. While the fork works the lockout stopped working and I'd read it may be because of the cold storage. Just want to be sure I don't ruin my new fox fork! I'll probably keep it in the house for the bulk of winter and then won't worry about the mild cold temps in fall/spring.
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The highest low rating for hydraulic seals I have ever seen is around 10F with most better seals, polyU/Nitrile, -40F so you should be OK.
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An attached garage will also be generally warmer than outside temperature
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