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The specialized system(s) of a bicycle that insulate a rider from rough terrain.

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Carrera impel im-1 Electric Hybrid Bike ridgid to suspension fork

Hi there I have the Carrera impel im-1 Electric Hybrid Bike this bike has been great so far but as far as living in a town not quite a city there are some bumps and curbs I would like to get over more ...
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Suspension bike

I recently bought a hyper plush 24 inch bike that says it has full suspension but only my rear suspension works I've seen other bikes for example an ozone 500 ultra shock it looks the same but mine is ...
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Restoring motion to old front fork suspension?

I purchased an old used ebike recently and was initially excited that it had front suspension. On close inspection though I've discovered that the suspension appears to be broken. The sliders (bottom ...
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How do I take off a bent suspension fork on an e-bike?

I was coming home from work one morning and hit a curb. I tried to stop but ran into the curb full force and bent my suspension fork to where it is touching the frame. I got a replacement fork for it ...
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Replacement damper for an old (2008) Rockshox Reba fork?

The damper for the fork on my 2008 Trek Elite 9.7 probably needs replacing but I have no idea how to do this given the fork is so old. The fork is RockShox Reba SL. Where can I find a replacement ...
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Can I put a I fox 40 on 2018 Commencal Supreme SX?

I recently bought a Commencal supreme SX, which came with a double crown fork. The bike was a really good deal and I had never had a dh bike. This was one of my only selections, so let me know if I ...
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Rockshox Yari fork stuck

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 ...
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Why aren’t Cannondale head shocks used anymore?

Cannondale used to make these shocks for mountain bikes and they were pretty common when I rode as a kid. It seems like they have completely phased them out of production. What caused this? Is there ...
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Front fork preloader is not stopping to spin in any directions!

My front suspension has a preloader in the left side and lockout in the right side. The preloader was hard to spin so I applied a little bit of force to it while riding the bike. Now its free but ...
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I suffer from chronic back issues, is full suspension bicycle good in that case?

I live in India and moreover I have back issues. Every Indian knows the condition of roads in India. Is it advisable to buy a full suspension to get a easier ride for me or it makes no difference ...
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How can I remove my remote lockout on my front suspension fork?

I have a trek dual sport 4 and I always keep the front fork unlocked. Can I remove the remote lockout? I somehow invariably hit the switch and find out next I take an impact with being and old guy ...
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Can I replace the spring in a 2011 Rockshox Recon Silver TK?

I have a second hand Rockshox Recon Silver TK (2011 I think). The spring is very soft and I would like to replace it with a stiffer one. I asked my LBS, who said you couldn't replace the springs on ...
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I removed my fork from frame, and forgot the order of the headset spacers and bearing races, what do I do?

My bike is the Diamondback Expresso 27.5 and the forks are VAXA 100mm forks and after, when I tried to put them back on, the top tube of the suspension forks wobbles around, even when I've put all the ...
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What fault in the steering mechanism can risk causing the rider to fly over the bars when braking?

By steering I collectively mean the area of handle bars, headtube, and fork. So last year I bought a second-hand bike. Never really had a problem with it but today I took it to the shop to change worn ...
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How to service a RST Sofi Fork?

My wife's bike has a fork by RST, Sofi. Definitely a budget fork, however is working quite well for the occasional use. I saw that the the seals rings are quite damaged, and I was looking to ...
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Do suspension seatposts work as well as a full suspension MTB?

I used to have department store (Target) MTB that i used for 2 years until it got stolen, i used to ride casually in the city no complaints as of reliability. Want to buy same because we have very ...
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How to tell if compression damping settings are working?

This is an embarrassing novice question ... I got a mountain bike with a fork that has low and high speed compression damping settings. This is the first time I am riding a bike with an air fork. I do ...
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How do you tune a suspension air shock on a bike for light riders like me?

I recently got a new bike from Dicks Sporting Goods. I am pretty light and the suspension doesn't even go down. I want mine to be bouncier so this is why I am posting this question.
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What are the differences between a horizontal suspension and vertical suspension MTB?

Currently, I've got a hardtail mountain bike and love to upgrade to a full suspension one. But when web surfing, I found out there are two types of full suspensions: 1. Vertical Suspension 2. ...
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Why are my front suspension forks so stiff?

I recently bought a Silverback Stride 29 MD and the forks it came with were the SR Suntour XCE 28. From Day 1 of riding the bike, I noticed that the forks were extremely stiff and I had to exert a lot ...
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Is this the correct orientation of this type of negative plate?

The photos below are of an air spring from an '07 Fox 32 Alps Series fork. Likely an OE model, 100mm travel, and is an RL. I'm getting confused on the orientation of this type of negative plate. These ...
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Stiff Steering and Suspension

Steering and Suspension gets stiff while riding my MTB. I did service the front suspension about 3 months ago (which is not long ago, since i only ride on weekends), but the problem still exists. When ...
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I would like the suspension specs on my 2002 Rocky Mountain Element. Any help is appreciated

I'm riding a 2002 Rocky Mountain Element. It has a blown shock in the rear. I would like to find the specs for replacement of the Fox Float R 2002 shock. Any help is appreciated.
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What happens if you neglect front suspension maintanance?

My bike has front suspension, which I have never done any maintenance to, and I don't plan to do so in the future either. I've owned it for 10 years now, and it's kinda stiff by now, but other than ...
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Changing from rigid to suspension fork

https://whitebikes.com/ax-290-ff-20/b/2461/ This is my bike and I'm planning to use suspension fork on it, I've converted it to ebike. My budget is approximately 100€/120 dollars. Do you have any ...
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Very short travel minimalist suspension fork for rails-to-trails riding

I would like to convert a MTB frame to an XC bike for riding on former railroad tracks that have been converted to trails that present a mix of surfaces: fine gravel, dirt road with crushed stone, ...
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Titanium fork vs suspension on gravel bikes

I am contemplating buying a gravel bike and wonder whether a titanium bike with titanium fork is/can be "better" than a carbon bike with a suspension component. I don't intend to ride ...
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Giant ATX vs Escape?

I'm planning to buy my first bike as an adult, mainly to go to work (about 6 km far from home). Today I went to the bike shop and tried a Giant Escape and and Giant ATX. From my unexperienced point of ...
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Suspension not compressing on Rockrider ST520

I have an almost brand new decathlon rockrider st520 (bought it 3 weeks ago) and noticed if I preload the bike the suspensions just don't compress. They will compress only if you hit the front brake ...
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When basic maintenance for basic Suntour XCM/ XCC fork is needed?

When basic maintenance for very basic Suntour XCM/ XCC fork is needed? Is it needed just in case if something wrong or once a year or after some amount of km? By maintenance, I mean something like ...
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Suspension locks out in cold temperatures

I looked around a little, but I couldn't find the answer to my question on this site. I have a Raleigh Tekoa 1, which is an entry level XC hardtail with an SR Suntour XCM30 fork. Recently I've noticed ...
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26" fork on 24" bike: reduce travel on suspension fork

My son and I are building him a 24" bike. The frame was donated from a trashed bike, it had a 24" coil suspension fork with 40mm travel and weighed a ton. The axle-to-crown measurement was ...
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Basic MTB suspension adjustment

I've been given a Trek 4300 mountain bike by my dad. I usually ride a road bike. After my first ride I'm sure I need to reduce the springiness in my from forks. There are two dials there labeled RST ...
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New suspension fork - how much should I care for locking on the handlebar?

I'm putting together a bike that will allow me to go to work. I work in a warehouse outside of the city I live in, and I want to avoid roads trucks take because I haven't ride a bike for about ten ...
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Hybrid e bike suspension or no suspension

I am 64 and just taken up cycling again after a very long lay off. I ride purely for leisure and a mix of tarmac, canal tow paths and old railway tracks. Having looked at a number of e bikes i am ...
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Upgrading front suspension for an entry level MTB

I recently bought a used hardtail MTB (my first bike ever) with Shimano's Acera groupset, double-wall wheels, but the front SR Ssuntour suspension has only 30 mm travel, which isn't enough for riding ...
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Front wheel shimmy

I have a trek Allant 7+. When I set the pre-load to minimum I got a terrible shimmy. It seems OK when pre-load is set to max. I weigh 195 lbs. Could the pre-load affect the shimmy like that? It is ...
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Any drawbacks in using long-travel forks with huge sag instead of regular XC fork?

There is a trick which some cyclists use. Instead of the regular fork, let's say 100mm, they put a fork with bigger travel (140-160mm). Then they pump pretty low pressure so the sag is huge and the ...
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Is my new-to-me used suspension fork a MY2000 Manitou Mars Elite Hyperlite?

I just got a new-to-me used fork from circa 2000. It's supposed to be a 26" 1 1/8th threadless Manitou Mars Elite fork with 80mm travel. I'd like to source spare parts and repair/service instructions ...
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How do I add pressure and adjust rebound on older mountain bike forks?

It doesn't have design of modern forks and I can't find a tutorial online for a fork like this. Any tips?
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Asymmetric torque recommendation for bottom nut on damper side vs air side on a RockShox fork

I was doing lower leg service on my Recon Race solo air fork for the first time. According to the user manual from 2009 that came with the fork, bottom bolt (damper side) should be tightened with 6.8 ...
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My bike's front suspension got stiffer on its own

Yesterday I was riding my bicycle and realized that my front suspension got stiffer than a month ago. I tried locking it then releasing, adjusting the stiffness but it's still not the same as before.
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Suspension preload options

I have a Schwinn GTX3 Hardtail with a M3010 Suntour fork. I looked up the model number on the back of the left leg and it is supposed to have a preload adjuster available. However, mine does not for ...
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Looking for ideas - Decent cheap 26" 1 1/8" suspension fork for 1996 Trek 950 mountain bike

Goal: Replace rigid fork with short-travel suspension fork for under $200 (used OK, switching to threadless from threaded OK; standard 100mm QR axle preferred but 15mmx100 through axle OK; V-brake ...
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My front suspension keeps auto locking, brand new bike. Bike shops useless right now

I bought a Daymak Wildgoose electric fatbike bicycle. It has Forgo Zoom front suspension which I know is a lower end shock. Since riding away from the store when I unlock the suspension and hit any ...
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What do I do with this during SR suntour lower leg service?

I'm trying to do a lower leg service on my fork: SR Suntour Epixon 29er https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014UQDX9Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've removed the rebound ...
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Service kids forks 20” wheel

The suspension forks on my kids bike are totally seized, never been great anyway, but I’d like to try to get them moving in some way. First problem is how to disassemble. They are the standard fork ...
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Converting RockShox Pike DJ 2018 forks from 140mm to 100mm of travel

I have a pair of RockShox Pike DJ forks at 140mm of travel that I bought fairly recently. The specific model number and details are as follows: Model ID: FS-PIKE-DJ-A3 Year: 2018 Spring: Solo air ...
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Leaking fluid/oil on front left fork

I ride a Giant Anthem with Recon Race Rock Shox. I only ride on tar roads so the suspension is disengaged/locked out. I braked to a halt and heard a sharp popping sound, then fluid/oil began to leak ...
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What is this bolt called?

It's part of my front axle and I need another one like this to keep the wheel on. Links to where I could buy one would be appreciated too. The bike is a fatbike with suspension. Bolt threads into ...
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