6 Awful Things People Do To Suspension
Save your suspension by avoiding these mistakes.
INSTALL NON-SPEC PARTS
"To 'upgrade' his fork on the cheap, one guy went to a farm-supply store, bought screen-door springs and cut them to fit. The fork locked up because the springs were too heavy of a gauge. Even with the preload off, he got a third of an inch sag and a ruined fork because the insides were all torn up."
—Jim Monroe of Cumberland Cycles, Nashville, TN
USE MOTOR OIL
"Motor oil is way too thick. Put it in a bike fork and you don't get rebound or preload. Your fork becomes a solid cartridge."
"Somebody broke the dropouts and super-glued them back on. He rode it a couple times afterward—fortunately nothing too technical—before he came to our shop. He got lucky."
NOT BLEEDING AIR
"One wrench—who no longer works here—was opening an air spring shock and forgot to let the air out first. He put a hole in the ceiling when the top of the shock blew out."
—Dennis Angelo of Open Road Bikes, Jacksonville, FL
IGNORE THE MANUAL
"If you read your owner's manual and follow the recommendations, you get 10 times the life and performance out of your fork. Don't expect to ride through sand and over drop-offs and have the fork work well without the recommended maintenance."
—Eric Carter of Bike Source, Overland Park, KS
OVERFILL WITH GREASE
"On two different Manitou forks, the owners pumped grease into the ports until it squirted out the top seal. There was about 2 pounds of grease in each leg, and when I compressed the fork, goo squirted out of everything."