Added a comment about video Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/13/2020 11:40 AM

Now that the usual pearl-clutchers have weighed in about crush washers and the dangers of lubricating with lubricants how about give it a go and report back how it went (crazy idea, I know). Let Spomer and I know if we get to stay off the kill list for another year.

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Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/13/2020 8:57 AM

Quick show of hands, who wants to go for a ride with the guys who has to turn his bike upside down on every climb? 80% of a full service in terms of what? Time, no. Materials, no. Set up/clean up, no. But like I said, you've clearly missed the point. ... more »

Added reply in a thread All Things Suspension Tech 3/13/2020 7:38 AM

Every higher end Rockshox rear shock for the past 5 or 6 years, both air and coil. They call it 'countermeasure.'

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Some paint stripper gel from the hardware store and some scraping to get most of the original finish off, a rotary sander to remove the rest and give it a bit of a rough shine, but not so far as to polish it. The back side of the arch is actually painted silver to match rather than trying to get all the red paint out of the honeycomb sections. Finished off with a few layers of urethane clear coat.

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Liked a comment on the item Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/13/2020 1:52 AM

I just once want someone to show how to change out fork oil in the dark on a cold winter evening on the front porch(that the missus is still pissed about all the chain lube drips being on) with the wrong tools and stuff falling between the slats into the leaves underneath and...more

Added a comment about video Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/13/2020 1:42 AM

Bingo. Turning a bike upside down is good idea too, but can take a while or not really flow too well past the bushings especially if its cold. Notice in the video no oil comes out when I purposely lifted the seal past the stanchion? That's not because there isn't any in there, this fork is maybe 5 rides in to a rebuild, it just hasn't made in that far even after being upside down for about 10 minutes while shooting.

Don't care for it, have your own routine, prefer to leave service to your shop, don't regularly clean/lube the lowers already, then feel free to disregard this. But, I should add I learned it from a suspension tech who will remain nameless back in the early years of the EWS when sites were remote and race support, service, and supplies were far more limited than they are now. When you have to work several weeks out of a suitcase in tiny european hotel rooms or the back of a rental car in field somewhere, you have to get creative sometimes.

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Added a comment about video Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/13/2020 1:27 AM

And then for an encore I touched the brake rotor with my bare hand and laid the bike down on the drive side. The horror!

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Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/12/2020 2:30 PM

Not all of us can store our bike upside down (right side up has other benefits particularly for the brakes, but that's another story), and how much oil flows past the bushing to the top of the fork, and how long it takes, depends from fork to fork and ... more »

Added a comment about video Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/12/2020 1:07 PM

Same, but I don't usually travel with fork oil and some people still find that part daunting, messy, and/or time consuming. Also, that might not qualify as being lazy enough. The point is not to replace or avoid service, but to keeping them feeling as fresh as possible in between. I've found it works a bit better and lasts a bit longer than simply holding the bike upside down for 30 seconds.

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Added a comment about video Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/12/2020 1:03 PM

You don't need to if you are just removing the lower legs. But you would definitely need to release the air if you were going to unthread the top of the airspring.

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Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/10/2020 10:14 AM

Jeff Brines’ airing of grievances?

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/8/2020 12:29 PM

I've noticed a few quick shots on social media the past few weeks of what looked to be a new Maxxis spike tire, but couldn't tell for sure. Here's a better

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/8/2020 9:24 AM

Hope I’m not setting anyone up for disappointment. It’s nothing special, just something you might not have thought of to get close to a freshly serviced feel after a few hard rides. Definitely not a replacement for the real thing. Spomer has the video, ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/7/2020 11:40 PM

Those are the power and start/stop buttons for his Stendec DAQ logger.

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/4/2020 12:35 AM

Maybe I should make a video of my 'lazy man's fork service.' Takes under two minutes (5 min for the extended version) and keeps the fork feeling mint in between standard service intervals. I've picked up a few suspension and brake setup trick over the ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/2/2020 11:57 AM

Same reason we see bags of dried fruit labeled vegan and gluten free. I had a good laugh with a product manager for a tire company a few years ago when I asked if he had anything new and his answer was 'an ebike specific hotpatch.' Same tires, but with ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/2/2020 11:46 AM

You guys can argue the benefits/marketing of 2mm if you want, I'm more interested what's going on inside. Won't repeat what I was told, but I had a bounce on one last year and breakaway friction was ridiculously low. Like one finger on the bar was enough ... more »

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Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 2/20/2020 10:55 AM

That was because inverted forks are far less stiff to start with. I very much doubt they would be unable to design a conventional 38mm DH fork that that wasn't at least as stiff as a 38mm Ohlins or 35mm Boxxer. I also doubt we'll see it happen though. ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 2/16/2020 4:09 AM

One of these is not like the others