How frequently should your shocks and forks be serviced? This is a question that many clients couldn't answer, however to keep these parts in pristine condition and in safe working order, Grant Dinkel from The Bike Guru fills us in...
Most suspension manufacturers recommend having your fork/shock serviced between 30-50hrs of riding. For most weekend warriors servicing once a year should be enough to ensure your fork/shock has a long life and solid performance.
However, if you're the person who waits till something is broken before you have it serviced, here's what to look for:
1) Does the fork/shock hold air?
Rapid air loss is a sign that your air piston seals are damaged or worn. Or worse, that the metal sliding surfaces which those seals contact are damaged. Time to have it worked on.
2) Does the lockout and rebound adjustment still work?
Adjust your rebound adjuster all the way one direction, compress the fork and watch the speed of the rebound stroke. Now turn the adjuster all the way the other direction and do the same. There should be a noticeable difference. Try the same thing with your lockout or platform adjuster. If you don't see a difference, either oil is sneaking past damaged seals or has broken down to the point where it can't do its job.
Time for a service please contact us to arrange to bring in your Bike for a Suspension service