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Rockshox Fork on New Bike Less than 50Km Done.

Only 1 ml of oil in the Lowers Both Sides (Should be 6ml) Foam Rings were also dry.

Damper Oil Height was to spec (80 to 85 mm to Crown).

Everything Else Was Good.

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Rockshox Fork on New Bike Less than 50Km Done.

Only 1 ml of oil in the Lowers Both Sides (Should be 6ml) Foam Rings were also dry.

Damper Oil Height was to spec (80 to 85 mm to Crown).

Everything Else Was Good.

Were/are RS not infamous for not providing enough oil/grease on their new forks

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nope you can find little oil in almost any brand new suspension component , not all of them but most 

 

So bottom line, do a oil service on a shock or fork before you use it for the first time from brand new?

 

It's not that I don't believe it, its just that it is utterly ridiculous that you cant immediately start using something that is brand new ...   :wacko:

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So bottom line, do a oil service on a shock or fork before you use it for the first time from brand new?

 

It's not that I don't believe it, its just that it is utterly ridiculous that you cant immediately start using something that is brand new ... :wacko:

 

I'll always say yes, and I must say they I've seen lots but there was always 'some' oil (could be very very little) but I've never seen one totally bone dry

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I'll always say yes, and I must say they I've seen lots but there was always 'some' oil (could be very very little) but I've never seen one totally bone dry

There must be a reason for this ?

The Bike Shops Should be Adding Oil and Soaking the Foam Rings before Delivery of the Bicycle. This Fork Wasn't Bone Dry Either. (Just enough oil to Stop It Rusting)

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There must be a reason for this ?

The Bike Shops Should be Adding Oil and Soaking the Foam Rings before Delivery of the Bicycle.

 

The place where the fork is manufactured isn't necessarily the place that knows how to service the product.

 

They likely build it and ad a splash of oil and send it along to packaging

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Setting the Bead on a Brand New Tubeless Tyre.

Tyre is Dry Straight out of the Packaging

Rim is Clean and Dry.

The Tool  is a Tyre Liner from Sportsman's Warehouse.

Stretch it tight over the tread.

You can use any pump even a medium volume Hand Pump works.

 

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That frames with 'drop in' headsets and threaded bottom brackets should probably be worth more money.... 

 

i just realised again this weekend how much I 'aggressively dislike' press fit anything. :cursing:

 

Freezer and sun makes life easier... Bottom Bracket in the freezer overnight, Frame in the sun all morning. If it is into raw aluminium you can add heat and it will drop right in.

 

Here's a hack I learned for grips that get lose and move around (especially esi grips).

1. Put some double sided tape on the bars under the grip and remove that plastic covering

2. Spray some windowlene on the tape (it will temporarily take the stickiness away but work fast else the grips will be stuck on half way :P )

3. As fast as humanly possible; put the grips back on

 

The evilist version of this I saw a few times was spray paint on motorbike grips... Spray the bar and slide the grip on using the wet paint as lube, the paint then dried and the grip was properly stuck.

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Don't Waste my Money on Slide On Grips When Lock on grips are now Available @ Reasonable Prices. Slide on Grips will always give you a problem when you least Expect it.

Slide on grips give you more rubber between the bars and your hands vs a lock on grip which has a hard inner shell with a rubber layer over ... this for grips with the same outer diameter.

 

I like thin grips, but want a bit of comfort. A nice slide on grip, glued to the bars = happiness.

 

In this day and age where all brakes and shifters are easy enough to get off the bars without removing the grips like back in the day means that your grips stay on for the life of the rubber.

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