- 1 Do bike shocks need maintenance?
- 2 How do I know if my bike shocks are blown?
- 3 How do I make my bike shocks softer?
- 4 How do you lubricate bike shocks?
- 5 Can you use WD40 on bike forks?
- 6 How do I know if my mountain bike shocks are bad?
- 7 How often should I service my bike?
- 8 What are symptoms of bad shocks?
- 9 What PSI should my mountain bike shocks be?
- 10 How do I clean the front shocks on my bike?
- 11 Why is my suspension so stiff MTB?
Do bike shocks need maintenance?
Basically, RockShox recommends that the fork lowers and shock air can be serviced every 50 riding hours, and a complete overhaul be done between 100-200 hours depending on the model of your fork or shock. For the shock, the air can (aka “basic”) service involves replacing the air sleeve seals and float fluid.
How do I know if my bike shocks are blown?
If it takes the shock 3 seconds to return to full length when the rebound is set all the way in there is no way it is blown. But it is a Romic so any day now it will blow, oil will leak all over the place when it happens. You will know, fast rebound and some clunking noise.
How do I make my bike shocks softer?
If it has a spring inside, the real way to soften it is to buy a new spring and throw that in. But you can soften it up a bit with some basic tuning. To start, change your rebound to the fastest setting. The rebound adjustment should be on the bottom of your lowers on your fork.
How do you lubricate bike shocks?
Apply Your Lube To start with, you’ll want to apply Forkboost to the base of your fork stanchions. The best way to do that is to drip it directly onto the stanchion just above the dust seals on your fork. If you’re using it on a rear shock, flip the bike upside down and apply lube just above the dust seal.
Can you use WD40 on bike forks?
WD40 is not a lubricant or a degreaser. It’s a water displacement formula. Even the name stands for that. If you spray it on your stanchions as a lubricant all you’re doing is adding a dirt attractant which will kill your stanchions and it will also dry out your seals.
How do I know if my mountain bike shocks are bad?
Weird noises coming from the shocks or forks that sound like grinding, clunking, and slurping. This is a sign that it may need to be replaced or in need of a service. All so if the rear shocks are swishing or slurping means that the damper oil is cavitated, in which case it needs to be replaced.
How often should I service my bike?
After this initial service, we recommend a major service each 12 months with a minor check up at each change of season. It’s a reasonable guideline, but it really does depend on how much you ride, and what kinds of conditions you’re riding in. Heavy use, rain, mud and dust all mean more frequent servicing.
What are symptoms of bad shocks?
The Warning Signs Of Worn Shocks And Struts
- Instability at highway speeds.
- Vehicle “tips” to one side in turns.
- The front end dives more than expected during hard braking.
- Rear-end squat during acceleration.
- Tires bouncing excessively.
- Unusual tire wear.
- Leaking fluid on the exterior of shocks or struts.
What PSI should my mountain bike shocks be?
Often yes, usually rear shocks run 100-200psi, but fork psi varies a lot, depending on the design. Get the sag around 25% (maybe slightly less sag in the front than the rear) and see how it rides (that’s what really matters), adjust on the trail as needed.
How do I clean the front shocks on my bike?
Clean your forks with water; a hose is best, but if you use a jet wash then turn the bike upside down first so, as not to force water inside the fork seals. Be sure to remove all dirt from the fork stanchions and around the seals, especially between the stanchions and fork arch at the front of the fork.
Why is my suspension so stiff MTB?
Preload is HOW STIFF is the suspension, and it’s related to how much force must be applied to compress it. More preload means you need more force (apply more weight) to compress the fork by a given distance or travel. Speed Rebound is HOW FAST the fork return to it’s uncompressed size after absorbing a shock.