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.

Sie gilt es zu reiningen - die Staubdichtungen. So wird verhindert das Dreck ins Gabelinnere gelingt und die Standrohre beschädigt.
Keep these dust seals clean. These seals prevent dirt from getting inside and damaging the internals.
Unterhalb der Staubdichtungen befindet sich bei fast allen Herstellen ein Schmiersystem.
Below the dust seals is a lubricating system, allowing the stanchions to slide smoothly in and out of the fork.


very easy


  • Fork-Oil
  • dry, soft cloth

How to:

Zu Beginn sollten die Staubdichtungen mit einem Tuch gereinigt werden.
At the beginning, the dust seals should be cleaned with a cloth.
Im Anschluss werden die Standrohre mit etwas Gabelöl bestrichen.
When clean the stanchions of the fork are coated with a little bit of fork oil.
Beim Dämpfer ist die Vorgehensweise die gleich, auch hier wird zu erst gereinigt...
Then you have to do the same with the damper, first clean it…
und dann etwas Öl aufgetragen.
… and then put some oil on it.
Im Anschluss sollten beide Federelemente mehrfach eingefedert werden...
When coated both suspension elements should be pushed in several times …
… dadurch wird das Öl verteilt und gelangt an den Bestimmungsort.
… This ensures that the oil is distributed and passes to the right place.
Überschüssiges Material wird nun mit dem Tuch entfernt. Viel hilft hier nicht viel, überschüssiges Öl führt nur dazu, dass sich Dreck und Schmutz an den Staubdichtungen sammelt.
Remove excess oil with a cloth, because excess oil will only accumulated dirt and grime on the dust seals.

Words: Christoph Bayer Pictures: Christoph Bayer

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