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Old 09-16-13, 07:22 AM
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RockShox Service interval, for real?

So the RockShox user manual recommends changing the oil every 50 hours, that's about once a month for me, probably every six weeks. So...really? I will get my LBS to show me how to do it, he'll be happy to, but jeez. The place I bought the bike from, not my LBS as he's not a Kona dealer, said "every 50 hours, so about once a year". With a straight face. WTF? An hour a week?

This is my first ever suspension fork so I'm learning what they're about. They also recommend lubing the dust seals and upper legs every ride. Would Tri-Flow work for that?

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Would look at Fox service intervals before you complain about Rock Shox too much.

Being realistic, for most riders, they can go much longer than that, just keep them clean, make sure the dust seals are free from any debris.

have been running a set of SID's for the last 2 years, the were serviced last year, not seeing any need to do them again in the near future.

For lubes, I just spray silicon spray on them before every ride, Finish Line stanchion lube looks pretty good http://www.finishlineusa.com/product...chion-lube.htm
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No need to use tri-flow on the stanchions. The RS has foam rings under the oil seal, so all you need to do is invert the fork prior to riding to let the foam rings soak up some of the bath oil.

Every six weeks is overkill, but don't let it go too long. Rockshox does have very little bath oil for their air forks -- typically 5-8ml, which is pretty small compared to 30ml per side on Fox forks. Dropping the lowers and doing a simple bath oil change should take less than 30min once you get the hang of it.
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Originally Posted by ncfisherman View Post
No need to use tri-flow on the stanchions. The RS has foam rings under the oil seal, so all you need to do is invert the fork prior to riding to let the foam rings soak up some of the bath oil.

Every six weeks is overkill, but don't let it go too long. Rockshox does have very little bath oil for their air forks -- typically 5-8ml, which is pretty small compared to 30ml per side on Fox forks. Dropping the lowers and doing a simple bath oil change should take less than 30min once you get the hang of it.
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if you wipe the stanchions down after every ride and then pay close attention to the fork's action, you should be able to extend the service life a bit and tell when it's time to do the maintenance.

I'd suggest doing the work as scheduled to begin with and then see how things look by the 2nd interval. if the oil is darkened, it's getting contaminated. if things look good, try extending the interval.
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Thanks guys, my LBS gave me 1/2 a bottle of Finish Line and told me to use it after I clean after a ride. I'm about 75% picky about maintenance so I imagine I'll keep them good.
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