Questions tagged [suspension]

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

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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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Upgrading a dual sport bike - a geometry question

I want to ask a somewhat general question in the context of actual events: I picked up an Evo Swift Ridge 7 for about 200 from a discount retailer, thinking it might be a good platform for upgrade-as-...
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can i get a new suspension kit for a older mongoose XR-75

I've searched but I can't find anything online. Is there a store I can go to or something?
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Make bike suspension softer

I got a mountain bike with suspension. I'm a pretty light rider so when I actually got on the bike there was no sag what so ever. I believe that it's a spring suspension and it comes with preload. Is ...
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Front rack for front suspension bike?

What are some good options for a sturdy front bike rack (for carrying 30 to 40 pounds) on a front suspension bike?
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RockShox Recon Gold fork problem

I have a RockShox Recon Gold (100mm travel) fork, 2017 year of production. I have made 150 hours service. Followed the instructions carefully, disassembled it, have cleaned everything, changed seals ...
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Thudbuster ST versus Gel-Padded Saddle

I just upgraded from a hybrid to a gravel bicycle (Fuji Jari 2.3). My hybrid (a 2000 Giant Cyprus) had a hydraulic suspension seat post and a generously-padded comfort gel saddle. I have a weakened ...
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Replace SR Suntour remote speed lockout to normal knob

My MTB has SR Suntour XCM 30 fork with Remote Speed Lockout system. I rarely use the lockout system but it is useful sometimes. I want to convert this remote lockout system to normal knob which can be ...
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Rim suspension?

Is there any professional suspension system applicable between rim and nipples ? Did some tests on road bike with narrowest tyres long time ago with positive results. Wondering if there exist ...
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Is a suspension needed to do wheelies?

Would you recommend front suspension or back suspension to do wheelies? I am looking for a new bike for my 13 year old. Is the suspension bought separately from the bike?
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Suspension compromise for urban use

I ride an eBike in New York City. About 80% of the roads I ride are relatively smooth and 20% pretty bumpy. On my non suspension bike the 80% is great but the 20% is a bit painful. I understand ...
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How can I replace my rigid front fork on my 1993 Palisades Trail? I'd like to keep it as low cost as possible [duplicate]

I'm trying to replace the front rigid fork on my Marin 1993 Palisades Trail with a suspension fork so that when I ride mountain trails I don't destroy my wrists. Does anyone have any suggestions on ...
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Alternative uses for RockShox fork oil

I currently have a small bottle of red RockShox 15wt fork oil left over. As I no longer own a RockShox fork, this oil seems pretty useless to me. (Fox specifies different oil weights, and I can't ...
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Fox F120 RL fork mystery fluid - with pics

The fork of the bike I bought used - a Fox F120RL (installed on a 2011 Trek Fuel 8 EX) has started leaking a weird see-through fluid from the side where you adjust compression and rebound. Does anyone ...
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Install suspension forks on non-suspension bike

I have a 1990s Saracen PowerTrax. Is there a way I can install a suspension fork, or will that muck up the bike somehow? I'm actually interested in ways to raise the bars with respect to the seat, so ...
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which suspension seatpost for a granny who wants a comfortable ride while cruising the neighborhood [closed]

It is so hard to find info for the granny who just wants some general info for a comfortable ride. I don't need a professional mountainbike seatpost and not worried about if it is carbon or not, don'...
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Calculate suspension oil needed for a fork?

I've got a non-standard 20" air fork (Mekkem SASO) that could use some maintenance, but there's zero info I can find from either the manufacturer or OEM on oil viscosity, volume, or anything else. I'...
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Hole inside fork's upper tube, air-spring side?

I've disassembled my Reba fork (FS-REBA-RL-A6) and found a hole in the inner wall of the top tube, air-spring side leg. Doesn't look perfectly round to me, even though it can be an effect of a bit of ...
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Cheap Apollo forks: The fork suspension feels too soft

I have a cheap Apollo brand bike which has very soft suspension and sometimes leaks brown rust coloured fluid if compressed hard enough. both sides have a plastic cap which prys open (not unscrewed) ...
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Are Suntour XCM30 forks adjustable with lockout?

I have a couple of issues I could do with some answers, I hope you don't mind me asking all in one go. I have a Carrera 29er that came with Suntour XCM30 Forks, the store that sold it has the ...
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Can I use denatured alcohol instead of isopropyl alcohol when servicing a fork?

I want to try to do the lower leg service of my suspension fork myself for the first time. In the RockShox videos on that topic on YouTube, they take apart the fork and clean the parts with isopropyl ...
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Does shorter shock stroke limit rear travel better than higher shock pressure?

I'm building a full-suspension XC bike for racing technical courses. My frame is built with a leverage ratio such that 45mm of shock stroke corresponds to 130mm of rear travel. 99% of the time, I am ...
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Is it possible to convert a suspension fork to rigid by drilling it?

I have been given a Falcon MTB. I've sorted out all its troubles but the front suspension fork is worn. When using the front brake the slack in the tubes make them judder. Is there anyway I can "...
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Difference between thick vs thin front suspension?

I visited a bicycle shop a few days ago. I noticed two different types of bikes. One with thick front suspension and the other with thin front suspension. Bike with the thick suspension was more ...
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Stiff, hard to use poplock, rockshox recon silver

My bike is equipped with front suspension Rockshox Recon Silver with PopLock remote lock. The use of that control is VERY stiff and HARD to lock (very easy to unlock though). Every time I need to ...
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My Rockshox Froze Hard

My Rockshox Dart 3 (Quite an old one, bought from my friend USED) froze in the winter (-15 °C). It won't budge. I thought I turned the lockout but I didn't. Is there any chance that some water got ...
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What are the pros and cons of suspension seats and suspension handlebars?

The title says it all, but I’ll add more specifics to give a better understanding of my particular situation. I am a on-road commuter with little-to-no dirt roads in my routes, many of the roads are ...
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Can't fit damper back into suspension forks

I'm driving myself mad here trying to fix this. I work in a local bike rental / repair store, and took apart a bike's Suntour NEX 4610 V4 (2012?) forks from one of the rental bikes - now I can't fit ...
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How to adjust RST fork travel?

Today I own a RST Champ fork with 100mm of travel. After doing some research I found that there are 3 travel options 80mm, 100mm and 120mm. I also find out that the adjustment is done by adding or ...
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Failure modes for suspension forks, air and coil

An air suspension fork on one of my bikes starts showing its age: noticeable play, scratches on stanchions etc. It has not become less smooth and does not leak air so far, however. I am starting to ...
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Front wheel shifting left on braking with new front shock and fender install

I have a specialized turbo electric bike and just had the shop put in a rock shox paragon front suspension. They didn't have the rotor size adapter for the disc brakes so they swapped my 180mm rotor ...
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Do kits that allow me to add lockout to my shock exist?

I have a (within last year) rockshox Deluxe R rear shock on my bike, on some hills I would like the added stiffness of a locked out shock. Do upgrade kits to add lockout exist or would I need to buy ...

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