There are still many myths surrounding the subject of bike care, especially when it comes to suspension maintenance. The fact is, well-maintained suspension works much better than poorly maintained units, especially the initial response of the stroke from well lubricated parts. This benefit is immediately noticeable, because the suspension system will react much more sensitively to smaller bumps, providing more traction and feeling more comfortable.
It is important to know that beneath the dust seals of almost every suspension fork or shock is a lubrication system, which works either with grease or oil. If these dust seals are regularly treated with products like WD40 or Brunox spray after the ride, the oil or grease – with the significantly heavier viscosity, get’s flushed out and the fork can “run dry” – The result is a significantly drop in performance and in the worst case wear leads to malfunction.
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Words: Christoph Bayer Pictures: Christoph Bayer