There are numerous ways to keep your bike's suspension forks running smooth and efficient. In this article, we look at how you can keep your front suspension functioning as it should.
Fork Lubrication - What You Should know?
To keep your suspension forks running properly it is important to keep your forks well lubricated. That means adequate lubrication is applied to the inside of the fork and that all dirt and contaminants are kept outside of the fork.
By regularly using the correct oil-based lubrication system you will keep the bushes and seals working without friction. Oil is applied to the lower legs to help lubricate the bushes and seals within the fork.
Each model of fork uses a different oil weight and amount. This depends on the model and brand of the suspension fork. Most manufacturers provide this in their servicing details.
To keep the dirt out and lessen the friction, suspension forks contain multiple seals in different sizes. All forks also contain external dust seals that help prevent any dirt from entering into the forks through the suspension's stanchion tubes.
It is important to keep all seals regularly lubricated and clean from contaminants. This can be done at home if you have access to a suspension kit, or through your bicycle dealer.
Keeping Dirt Out of Suspension Forks
To keep dirt and other contaminants out of your suspension forks, it is important to keep the seals lubricated. It is also important to keep the suspension's stanchion tubes clean from dirt. You can do this by cleaning them with water or a damp cloth. Remember if you use a jet wash, not to aim the water directly at the seals. Be sure to clean around the seals and between the stanchions and fork arch.
Long Term Fork Protection
If you look after your suspension forks, they will perform as they should and last for years. Some tips to help protect your investment can pay dividends in the future.
Using mudguards can help protect the stanchions from dirt and stones being thrown up by the front wheel. One common front mudguard is the Marsh Guard. The Marsh Guard is a simple front mudguard that is easy to install and does well at protecting your fork from debris.
Other products like frame protection can help protect the paint from cable rub, caused by the front disc brake hose.
Last but not least is servicing of your forks. Forks even though they're well-sealed, require regular maintenance.
We recommend servicing your forks at 50 hours and then again around 150 hours. After 150 hours we recommend you have a full oil change.
If you need front or rear suspension service, our qualified mechanics can perform full suspension service on all fork brands and models instore. Contact us to book your suspension service today.