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As technology goes, seal and wiper advance to the point that boots on fork stanchions becomes obsolete, for both economical and practical reasons. The seal has advanced to the point that air suspension fork was possible and economical, leaving alone keeping dirt and grimes off the suspension. So the answer is Technical obsolescence


I would return the fork for a refund. The other responses are correct - a basic rebuild will likely solve any problem. That's easy enough to do yourself. And also cost effective. But, this fork is used, you don't know it's history, and you aren't experienced with servicing forks. There could be damaged internal components; replacing parts that are not ...


Sure it is possible and Kits available. http://www.instructables.com/id/Replace-a-mountain-bike-front-fork-for-older-MTBs/

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