Oh man, it feels like when I go riding my suspension doesn't work as well as it did when my bike was new!
As you ride the oil will slowly be absorbed in to the seals and get deposited onto the stanchions of your fork and shock. This is what creates that buttery smooth feeling that you're used too when you compress your suspension. But after a while this action will drain the oil out of your suspension, which creates friction on the seals, decreasing performance and eventually wearing off the anodized coating on your stanchions. That is not good!
Oh No! What can I do about this?
Performing regular maintenance (Seals and oil change) at the manufacturer recommended service intervals will not only keep you suspension working better, but it will help preserve the longevity of your equipment. See below for some common service intervals.
Where can I have this work done?
Right here at Joy Ride Bicycles! Our service technicians are well versed in the art of suspension maintenance and are ready to get you taken care of. Come in or call to book an appointment and we will get you fixed up!
Common Suspension Service Intervals
What to Watch Out For:
A properly maintained fork and shock will leave a thin residue of oil on the Stanchions. When the stanchions touch dry, it's time for servicing.
Excessive Oil Vomiting:
Prematurely worn seals will result in exessive oil loss on to the stanchions. If you see thick black oil regularly coating your stanchions, it's time to talk to us.
Worn seals will also result in air loss through the junction of the lowers and the stanchions.
Gosh darn those seals are finicky.