Mountain bike fork maintenance knowledge
No matter what fork is used for mountain bikes, keep the inner tube clean. The front fork equipped with a protective sleeve should be installed. Don’t remove the protective sleeve for being cool, otherwise the sand and impurities will run in and the front fork will have to be taken apart and washed.
After using the front fork for a period of time, it should be greased or disassembled for cleaning and lubrication. When washing the bike, you should also pay attention to check the front fork bowl, shoulder cover, near the brake reinforcement plate, the hook and the lower tube near the disc brake. These are the places where cracks are usually easy to appear.
I have chosen the shock absorber front fork, and pay attention to maintenance. You can only enjoy the ride when you go out to play, and enjoy the interest of off-road with peace of mind.
The maintenance work of the front fork can be said to be as important as the chain. If it is not properly maintained, it will reach the service life in advance, and it will become harder and harder, and gradually lose its necessary comfort. Today, when people talk about off-road bike, it is common to have shock absorbers. The sleeve-type front fork is a more common form of shock absorber. If we want to give it the best long-term performance, maintenance work is especially important. Important. However, you don’t need any technical knowledge, read the following, you can easily get it.
Essential tools: Allen wrench; mallet; oiler; pump
1. Clean the dirt in the rubber sheath
The rubber sheath is a very effective protective layer on the suspension column. However, every time you should clean it , fold it up, and the front fork telescopic column shall be polished with a rag. Regularly check whether the suspension column is damaged.
2 oil on the shrink column
After each maintenance, put a few drops of lubricating oil or coat a thin layer of grease on the telescopic column to ensure that the suspension column remains in perfect condition for a long time.
3 disassemble the shock absorber
Different forms of shock absorbers have different disassembly methods. All shock absorber forks have fixing screws, some are on the outside and some are on the inside. As for the pneumatic suspension fork, the air should be exhausted before disassembly, please Be sure to read the instructions provided with the shock absorber to understand that its internal structure is being disassembled.
4. Clean the inside of the shock absorber
Use a rag to wipe off all the dirt accumulated in the shock absorber. Remember, do not use any solvent, otherwise it will cause damage to the shock absorber. At the same time, check whether there is any damage inside.
Apply a thin layer of grease to the suspension column. A good front fork oil should have the characteristics of not corroding the inner wall of the Teflon coating. In addition, it is of no use to oiling the elastic device (MCU) , But oiling the shock absorber spring can prevent it from making noise.
6. Reinstall the shock absorber
Do not tighten the screws too tightly when assembling, wipe off the extra grease, and put the dust cover back in place.
7. Adjust the air pressure of the suspension fork
Some suspension forks (SID), perform pressure checks at least 3 to 4 times a year, never use a pneumatic machine to inflate! The internal capacity of a front fork is limited, and the internal components will be scrapped when inflated with a pneumatic machine.
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