Suspension & Brake Services
The oil in your fork/shock is integral to keeping your bike riding smooth and trouble free. The fork and shock need regular maintenance. Keeping up with suggested maintenance will also help avoid expensive repairs or fork replacement.
The Quarq Shock Wiz available to rent at $40. ShockWiz automatically records and evaluates suspension performance every time you ride and works for all mountain bike riders, regardless of their experience or bike’s intended use. With ShockWiz, you know exactly how your suspension is performing – and how to make it better.
When should I have my fork or shock serviced?
Each suspension manufacturer has a service interval listing on their respective websites and owner’s manuals.
For forks, oil acts as a lubricant in the lowers to help keep the fork friction free and in good working order. An annual seal replacement will have your suspension working the way it was designed.
Suspension fork service intervals
- Fox - Change lower oil bath every 100hrs, change damper fluid/seals annually or every 200hrs. www.ridefox.com/help.php?m=bike&ref=bc_help
- Rock Shox - Change lower oil bath every 50hrs, change damper fluid/seals annually or every 100hrs www.sram.com/service/rockshox/7
- Cannondale forks- Needle bearing reset every 25-50hrs, service air spring every 50-100hrs, telescope rebuild(factory send back) annually. Damper service - annually
Rear shock service intervals
Air sleeve maintenance
- Fox - every 40 hrs or annually
- Rock Shox - every 100hrs or annually
Damper oil replacement (service done by manufacturer) - Annually
When should I have my disc brakes serviced?
The fluid in your disc brakes needs to be replaced (bled) at least once per year to keep the system working properly. The oil can become contaminated over time and affect braking performance. Replace pads once they are 50% worn.
Full Suspension bearings and linkage
The service interval is generally once per year. Bearings in the linkage wear out over time and it’s hard to detect. The shock bushings/reducers are the easiest to spot if there is a problem when there is an excessive amount of movement.