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Suspension Service

Mountain bikes have become fairly complex over the years and maintaining them can be daunting, especially if you are new to suspension bikes. Your bike's fork and shock should be properly maintained, much like pumping your tires and lubing your chain, to ensure proper function and safety. Here are a few tips on how you can easily and effectively keep your suspension running smoothly and get the best ride quality out of your bike.

FORK ANNUAL SERVICE - Recommended every 125 hours of riding or yearly*, whichever comes first. Allspeed’s annual fork service restores your fork to top condition and performance. Using current factory seals and parts with premium suspension oil, your fork will regain sensitivity, control, and support.

All annual services include:

  • External inspection and diagnosis

  • Disassembly, cleaning and inspection of internal parts

  • Factory specified dust wipers and oil seals replaced

  • Worn o-rings and seals replaced

  • Oil volume and weights replaced

  • Fork reassembled

  • All functions verified by technician

Pricing: $150 (parts not included)

FORK 50 HOUR SERVICE - offered to refresh bath oil and replace dust wipers $80

*Riders that subject their equipment to harsh conditions/aggressive riding, including lift-access, racing, regular wet/mud/dust, or have the fork installed on an e-bike will need to service more frequently to retain optimum damping characteristics.


REAR SHOCK ANNUAL SERVICE - Recommended every 125 hours of riding or yearly*, whichever comes first. Our annual shock service restores your shock to top condition and performance. Using current factory seals and parts with premium suspension oil, your shock will regain sensitivity, control, and support.

All annual services include:

  • External inspection and diagnosis

  • Complete disassembly, cleaning and inspection of internal parts

  • Air seals replaced (on air shocks)

  • Worn o-rings and seals replaced

  • Oil volume and weights set

  • Shock reassembled

  • Nitrogen gas fill

  • Eyelet bushings replaced

  • All functions verified by technician

Pricing: $125 (parts not included)

REAR SHOCK 50 HOUR SERVICE offered on air shocks to replace air seals only $60

*Riders that subject their equipment to harsh conditions/aggressive riding, including lift-access, racing, regular wet/mud/dust, or have the fork installed on an e-bike will need to service more frequently to retain optimum damping characteristics.

Why service your suspension?

There are many reasons to service your suspension parts. The oil in your fork/shock, that helps to absorb the impacts that you encounter, degrades with time and usage, and needs to be changed much like the oil in your car. The oil and grease that lubricates the sliding parts becomes contaminated and can wear internal seals, o-rings, and bushings. Extreme symptoms like: worn external parts, oil leaks, extreme friction in sliding parts and a complete loss of damping are often due to a lack of regular service.

  • 20 hours of use: Suspension oil starts to break down, performance begins to degrade

  • 40 hours of use: Internal parts begin to wear and there is a noticeable loss of damping and sensitivity

  • 125 hours of use: Recommended service interval for forks and shocks

Many performance oriented riders, including pro racers, have their suspension serviced much more frequently to maintain optimum function and control.

Suspension Maintenance Tips:

Every Ride

  • Clean buildup from dust wipers with a clean, dry rag. (Yes, do this more frequently than you lube your chain) This one practice helps prevent excessive wear of internal and external parts and keeps everything sliding freely.

Every Month or sooner:

  • Clean the exterior with mild soap and water (Be careful not to get soap on your brake rotors!)

  • Inspect visible seals and sliding parts for damage. Nicks in the stanchions, from a crash or rock strike, can cause damage to internal seals, and possibly cause oil or air loss.

  • Re-check air pressures

Yearly or 125 hours of use (whichever comes first)

  • Bring to Allspeed for Annual Service

  • Check linkages/pivots for smoothness while shock is out of bike for service

  • Re-check sag measurements once fork/shock is reinstalled

The Take Away.....

Clean away the build-up from your fork/shock and dropper post dust wipers regularly. At the very same time, you can wipe down your stanchions and check for damage. Dirt left on the wiper can migrate inside and wear deep grooves into your stanchions. This is one of the main reasons for expensive suspension repairs.

Before every ride: check tire pressures, lube chain, clean dust wipers