I have an enduro bike with a Rockshox Yari fork (160 mm travel), and now it won't compress even 10% even with the air side fully open (so 0 PSI pressure there). It seems that something has gone very wrong on the rebound / oil side. It feels as if there was a remote lock on it, but it doesn't have such feature.

I had it serviced one year ago, and in recent months I have used it for commuting and had to store it in sub-zero temperatures at work. But it hasn't been overly wet, so I don't expect corrosion.

When I move it up and down, the oil-side is making sounds as if it is trying to suck air from random places. This happens wheter I am pushing it in or trying to extend it.

Is there any easy fix for this, or will it have to be serviced again?

  • At a guess, I expect the seals are damaged and leaking air, so a service kit should help. Can you do that work yourself ?
    – Criggie
    Apr 1, 2022 at 21:43
  • I they were damaged, would it really result in this kind of behavior? It seems that the air doesn't have any place to go, not that it is leaking.
    – NikoNyrh
    Apr 1, 2022 at 21:49
  • Where'd you get it serviced at? Something like this sounds like a mechanical failure of some sort, and it could have been caused by improper assembly the last time around. Perhaps a part fell off and is blocking a damper port or something.
    – MaplePanda
    Apr 2, 2022 at 5:46
  • It was serviced by a reputable bike shop, my friend and I have used them for about 15 times in total (servicing our DH front and rear shocks after every season). Well, it seems that a disassembly is required and I don't think I'm willing to do that myself. It is odd that something broke when I haven't even done any rough riding with it.
    – NikoNyrh
    Apr 2, 2022 at 10:58
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    +1 for the sheer awe of commuting with a 160mm fork. I've had the same happen to a Lyric but never discovered the culprit.
    – Vorac
    Apr 5, 2022 at 2:53

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I got the fork serviced, they told me that there was a broken seal on the oil side. So nothing major was broken, and now it is good as new!

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