Why Suspension Fork and Shock Maintenance Matters
Mountain bike suspension forks and rear shocks need routine service to continue performing at their best. Quality suspension components use oil to both control the wheel as it encounters bumps (damping) and to lubricate internal parts as they slide against each other. The seals on these components do a good job of keeping the oil in and the dirt and water out, but inevitably as the seals wear over time, some contaminants will make it past the seals and into the oil. Riding with dirty oil can make the suspension feel harsh and limit the amount of travel, or worse, it can cause internal wear as the contaminants in the oil continually scrape against the insides of the suspension component. Internal wear can cause play in the fork (a feeling similar to a loose headset) and air or oil leaks.
To combat this, we recommend servicing forks and shocks annually, or after every 100 hours of riding time. The Recyclist offers routine servicing as recommended by the manufactures as well as custom tuning to match your riding style and needs.
Suspension Fork and Shock Maintenance and Overhaul
We provide the following mountain bike suspension maintenance services:
- Clean and inspect external and internal parts
- Replace seals and wipers as necessary
- Replace o-rings, glide rings, damper rods, damper cartridges, etc. as needed
- Replace bushings as necessary
- Refill with fresh oil
- Set air spring or install coil spring according to your body weight and riding style
Professional People, Training & Tools!
Recyclist repairs and services many brands and styles of bicycles. Our experienced bike mechanics will help you with advice and installation of components, bicycle accessories and fit adjustments. Servicing your bicycle beforehand can eliminate the many problems you might encounter during the bicycle season. Having a problem with your bike on a trip can make a long walk back. Depending on the time of year and whether or not parts need to be ordered, most service can be completed within a week. Flat tires, can be completed same day, other lesser adjustments may also be in and out. So bring in your bicycle and have us look it over.
We're service pros
Our service staff is professionally trained and certified to work on all bicycle makes and models, not just the ones we sell. And every member of our service team participates in training sessions with factory service techs several times each year.
So, whether it’s a minor tune-up or a major overhaul where we go completely through your bicycle and get it running like new, you can count on us to do the job right the first time, every time.
Walk-ins are welcome
Getting ready for a ride and discovered that a tire's gone flat? Did you hit a pothole and knock your wheel out of true? Sometimes you can't plan when your bike needs attention. Why not bring it in?
If we can fix it on the spot, we will. And if we need more time, we'll let you know when to stop by to pick it up. Come in, call or email us soon so we can make that important repair or adjustment and get you back on your bike ASAP.
Appointments are helpful
If you prefer the convenience of an appointment, we'll let you know how long the repair will take so that you can plan accordingly. If it’ll be ready quickly, you might want to check out what's new in our store while you’re waiting.
If you’re going to run some errands while your bike's being fixed, just give us a number where we can reach you in case we have any questions. Thank you!