Questions tagged [suspension]

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

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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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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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