Learn About Suspension Service
When you purchased your bike, the suspension fork and rear shock were new, with perfect seals separating vacuum-sealed oils and high-pressure gas so that your suspension could work as it was intended. Like any highly-engineered piece of equipment with moving parts and fluids and gasses that can come into contact with each other, these suspension parts need regular service in order to work optimally.
What Are Recommended Service Intervals?
Regularly servicing your suspension parts is vital for the continuing safe and correct functioning of your equipment.
- 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
What Happens As Your Suspension Wears?
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.
The Allspeed Difference
While most bike shops can do a portion of recommended service on your suspension parts in-house, frequently these parts need to be removed from your bike and sent back to the factory for full tear-down and rebuild. This can mean you are without your bike for weeks when your part is shipped out, serviced, shipped back and reinstalled.
Allspeed is uniquely equipped to complete most higher-level suspension tear-down and rebuild services on most Fox, RockShox and Manitou suspension parts in-house, regularly scheduled in our regular service queue, with less interruption to your riding. How are we able to offer these services? We have the specialized tools and we have the training, and we have the confidence and experience of completing hundreds of shock and fork rebuilds already!
Rear Shock Service
Our technicians disassemble the air can, then tear down the damper, draining and replacing oil, as well as all internal seals. The internal floating piston is re-set, new oil added to the system, and the nitrogen is recharged, and everything rebuilt with new seals. Have a look at the process!
Front Fork Service
Our technicians first remove the lower castings, then take the airspring out and grease or repair the seals. Next they remove the damper, bleed it, clean inside, add new oils to the system, re-install the parts before installing new foam ring and wiper seals. Finally we re-install the lowers on the uppers. Have a look at the process!