Questions tagged [suspension]

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

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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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Fork lockout problems

So recently I noticed on my suntour forks with lockout that once I turned the dial it locked out but after riding for a while it starts to compress without me even turning the dial to open. Why does ...
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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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Suggestions for a commuter bike with 20 inch wheels and suspension? [closed]

Got my Raleigh Shopper stolen (thieves are so desperate nowadays), and looking for a similar replacement. Could anyone suggest the best search query to search for similar bikes (Raleigh, BSA, ...
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Relation of rebound setting and pedal choice

I used to ride clipless pedals all my MTB life and have recently switched to flat pedals because I feel that having my feet free makes me experiment more with my riding technique and progress faster. ...
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Extraterrestrial thing found in my suspension fork!

I have recently disassembled my suspension fork and found an extraterrestrial piece of rubber in the coil spring. After some highly accurate measuring it was safe to say that this rubber piece is ...
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Can I remove one spring from my suspension fork?

my new below-entry-level MTB came with a basic coil-spring front suspension, with 2 super firm/rigid springs. 2 new soft springs would cost like $50, so I was wondering, can you simply remove a spring ...
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Why doesn't my suspension fork rebound after being compressed?

I use a RockShox SID suspension. After using it for a while I noticed the suspension has not been rising back out on its own. I have to lift the front fork of the bike for the suspension to go back to ...
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Any good 80-90mm travel forks?

My bike came with an 80mm travel fork. I haven't found any 80mm fork online; the lowest travel is 100mm. I asked the support team if I can install a 100mm fork in it and they said it would void the ...
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How to configure my rear suspension

I recently bought a second hand bike, that got through quite some repairs and testing at a nearby bike store. They fixed some issues and put the bike into cycling condition, as well as changing the ...
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How do I adjust the Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 3 (mtb fork)?

The fork has no labels on the adjusters. I don't know what's what. I checked their website for manuals, and they always mention removable top caps. But as you can see in the photo that these are not ...
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Commencal META AM v4.2

I'm looking to purchase this bike, I'd like to know if it has lockout suspension but I can't seem to find it on the SPECS section. Is there something that I'm missing?
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Correct spring for 2018 RockShox XC30

I just got a new Cannondale Trail a few weeks ago (March 2018) and it came with RockShox XC30 100mm travel 29" wheel front fork. I'm heavier than the average rider so I need the XFirm spring for it. ...
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What is the twin-link four bar suspension designs trying to solve?

In another answer on suspension spring load calculations, @Criggie provided some examples of different suspension designs, 1) the standard four-bar, and 2) the twin-link four-bar: Clearly there ...
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What are the pros and cons of front and rear suspension?

I'm buying a bike for delivery in the suburbs, I need to go over grass/dirt/sidewalks, and sometimes drop down over the kerb back onto the road, and it will be sunny most of the time but I also need ...
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Suntour Raidon 27.5+ 120mm air fork

i woke up this morning to my suspension feeling really odd. It is really hard to push down and stays down until I lift my wheel off the ground. What makes it even weirder is that it is making a noise ...
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In shop maintenance - Specialized

I have been riding less than 6 months, mainly commuting to and from work. I got a Specialized Crosstrail Sport 2017. Now, when I bought the bike, they suggested I bring it in every 3 months for ...
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Is there any way i can add progressiveness to my suspension, even though it is not compatible with standard tokens?

Off the back of my last question, is there any way i could be able to add some progressiveness to my suspension, maybe i could retrofit tokens or something of the like. Thanks.
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Can I use Rockshox tokens with my Sektor fork? (Fuel EX 5)

I would like to experiment with ramp control with tokens but I cannot find out if my fork is compatible with the regular Rockshox tokens, is it too low end?? Thanks.
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Suspension fork top caps

I bought second-hand mountain type bike. Everything is fine, however, front suspension fork is missing top caps. As I currently don't posses the chance to visit bike repair shop (and have no other ...
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2014 RockShox Pike RC oil recommendation

I'm getting a lot of conflicting information regarding the volume of oil for the lowers on this 2014 RockShox Pike RC w/ charger damper. Can anyone confirm the correct quantity of 0W-30? Is there a ...
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Can I use a 700c suspension fork on a 27.5" frame?

I have an old hybrid which is a 700c with a front suspension fork which I don't use any more. Could I swap that fork over to my new 27.5" bike? My main concern is the wheel size differences.
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Upgrading suspension fork

I am currently thinking of upgrading my suspension for to something like a Rock Shox. This is the bike I have: https://www.cyclerepublic.com/catalog/product/view/id/4535/s/voodoo-bantu-650b-mens-...
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How do I know if a given hardtail mtb frame is 'supposed' to have suspension forks?

How do I know if a given hardtail MTB frame is supposed to have suspension forks? I read somewhere that if you want to convert a suspension bike to a rigid you need 'suspension corrected' forks which ...
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What kind of suspension do I have and how do I make it more soft? (I'm quite small)

My suspension is very stiff, I would like to know why and how to make it better for my size. My bike is a 24" Muddy-Fox Impact hard tail. I went to a trail with friends and they were OK but I was not, ...
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How to maintain Suntour XCR Air RL-R (remote lockout air/oil) front fork?

My bike is fairly new (1000 km) however I am worried about accumulation of dirt/scratches on the front fork. I've looked at Suntour foam rings however could not find anything. Is this because ...
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Ways to protect suspension from wear

I'm looking at getting front suspension for my bike for long (several months +) off-road tours (think Great Divide). I was thinking about whether it would prevent requiring maintenance/servicing to ...
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Pros and cons of progressive suspension?

I am interested in what makes progressive suspension better (or worse) than normal suspension setup. I'm not after an explanation of what progressive suspension is or how it works but I'm interested ...
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New front forks

Looking to replace my front forks for my Scott Scale 30 (2006) - the forks are tapered - any idea how the layperson can work out how to find what forks would be compatible with the bike?
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Is the FOx TALAS 32 RLC suitable for reasonable jumps, ligh DH?

Here is the details of the suspension: FOx TALAS 32 RLC At the end it sais, that INTENDED USE is XC, AM. Not exactly sure what AM means, I have a few light enduro trails nearby, and the biggest jump ...
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what rebound setting on my fork does

Let me get this straight. If I turn the knob to the left it reacts faster. If I turn the kob to the right it's slower
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Norco 7.1 charger with rockshox 30 gold tk. Can I upgrade to rebas

I want to upgrade my norco 7.1 charger 2015 to use RockShox Reba RL Solo Air. 1) is this better fork than mine 2) Does it accept tokens 3) Is there limit as to how long a fork I can put on the ...
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Play in the suntour front suspension of my raleigh hybrid bike, what exactly is the problem? can i repair on my own?

I have a Raleigh Misceo 700c bike, and recently I can feel some play in the front suspension. At first I thought it was from the headset, so I did some adjustment by tightening the screw on the top ...
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Frozen Fork on 2011 Diamondback MTB

I have a frozen fork on a 2011 Diamondback Response MTB. It worked fine when I purchased it back then and was riding it regularly. It has sat in storage for the past 5 years and is now frozen. Can I ...