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Cold Weather Bad for Shocks?

Old 02-19-06, 03:26 PM
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Cold Weather Bad for Shocks?

Hey I have a TALAS fork and an RP3 rear shox... is it bad for the shock to be out in the extreme cold? like 0-20 F -20 -10 wind chill?
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Old 02-19-06, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by The Selector
Hey I have a TALAS fork and an RP3 rear shox... is it bad for the shock to be out in the extreme cold? like 0-20 F -20 -10 wind chill?
no...you could put a lower viscostiy oil for winter riding. likewise, adjust the compression/rebound to allow for more flow

think about the suspension on snow mobiles
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Old 02-19-06, 04:33 PM
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The cold weather isn't bad for suspension, salt and salty water is.
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Old 02-19-06, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Jason222
... salt and salty water is.
That's just bad for anything.
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Old 02-19-06, 09:45 PM
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You may see some negative effects from riding in extreme cold, but nothing harmful long term.

Air spring forks may need a top off, as cold causes air to become more dense. In a sealed container such as a fork leg, it'll be noticed as a pressure drop.

Damping oil will become thicker making suspension feel sluggish.

Seals and other rubber parts won't be as pliable and may allow seepage of fluids and gasses.
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Old 02-19-06, 10:20 PM
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but cold weather can have an adverse effect on shocks. Go to the suspension forum on MTBR.com and search for "stuck down". This is a not so rare condition that occurs with Fox rear shocks when ridden in cold weather. I have had this happen on a Fox Septune on my 05' Specialized Stumpjumper Pro and on a RP3 on an 06' demo bike.
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Old 02-19-06, 11:12 PM
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Never had a problem with either my SID or my DH bikes, down to -25C or so. Back off the damping, maybe all the way.

Your shock wont feel windchill.
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