Suspension Components & Eastern Sierra Fall Trip.



What you need to know about suspension.
Here at Studio Velo we love bikes. Whether they are made for the dirt or pavement, made of carbon or metal, we can't get enough!

We pride ourselves in carrying the finest brands on the market, including Pivot, Ellsworth and Independent Fabrication. Each company is at the forefront of mountain bike technology and are constantly working to stay ahead of the competition.

Through our many years of industry experience  and thousands of hours on the trails, we have gained valuable knowledge about mountain bikes and mountain biking.

Here are a few things we think you should know about maintaining your bike. These tips will lengthen the lifespan of your bike and help you get the most out of every ride!

Check out our great selection of mountain bikes and road bikes here. Or stop by the shop to see them in person, take a demo bike for a ride, or talk to us about what bike might be best for you.
Suspension Components
For maximum performance, suspension forks and rear shocks will require regular maintenance.

Air sprung suspension components require pressure to be maintained properly and regularly. Improperly inflated air sprung suspension components will bottom out too frequently, putting extra strain on the oil damping systems. All forks and shocks rely on rubber seals and o-rings which degrade overtime. Regular maintenance reduces wear on fork legs and shock bodies.

Bottom line: Fox and other companies recommend outer seal and oil replacement after 30 hours of riding. We believe every rider should have a shock pump.

Hydraulic Brakes
Hydraulic brakes that use DOT fluid, such as Formula, Avid and Hayes should be flushed and re-bled periodically.

DOT fluid is hydrophilic, meaning it absorbs water. Atmospheric moisture gets through the seals and around the pistons of the brake which causes performance to degrade. This can actually produce bubbles in the system as the moisture boils under hard braking.


Bottom line: For best performance of DOT systems, consider changing the fluid and replacing the pads at the same time.
Suspension Pivots and Linkages

Suspension pivots, linkages, and shock bushings that are not maintained can cause extra wear on the bearings and mounting points. Often, unmaintained pivot hardware will seize to the bearings, causing creaking. Commonly, unmaintained bearings will develop play. This can cause them to literally fall apart as the balls corrode and lose surface area.
Bottom line: Suspension pivots and linkages should be disassembled, cleaned, have bearings inspected, greased or treated with loctite, then re-assembled to torque spec once a year. Or more often with wet riding.
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Join us on one of our favorite local trips to the High Sierra of Eastern California.

We have put together a biking adventure that includes some of the most majestic and challenging cycling available anywhere. This 4-day trip will inspire and excite you from your bike while our professional chef serves up the most delectable meals.

Learn more and sign up online here!

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