Cleaning Your Suspension

Forks

Materials needed:

  • Soft cloth
  • Lubricant suitable for fork stanchions (we use our Lower Lube Mix) - see here
  • Earbud
  • FS1 or similar cleaning agent

Having rinsed off your forks, the majority of mud and dirt should be removed. This guide assumes they are not still caked in mud! Our favourite lubricant is our specially-blended Lower Lube Mix. Whatever you use, it should preferably not be an aerosol – they tend to spray onto the brake discs/rims, even if you're careful. Our Lower Lube Kit includes a syringe for easy application. Also, please don't use WD40, GT85 or any similar products! Instead of cleaning your seals, they will wash away the grease under the seals, letting dirt in much more easily.

First, take the lubricant and apply a few drops down the stanchions onto the wipers. Make sure you get it all the way around the seal. Wait a few seconds for it to soak into any dirt.

Cycle the fork (push it down and let it return), and most of the dirt should come off and stick to the stanchions. Use the soft cloth to wipe this dirt away. You can use the earbud to get into the tricky area between the stanchion and the fork brace.

Repeat the previous two steps until the lubricant being pushed up the stanchions is clean, then lightly buff away the remaining lubricant from the stanchions.

 

Clean the lowers with your normal cleaning agent and a soft cloth, wiping away any dirt you couldn't rinse off.

See our range of Lubes and Grease that we use every day.

Shock

Technique for this is much the same as the instructions for forks.

  • Drip some lubricant onto the damper body or shock shaft. You may need to invert the bike to get it to drip down onto the seal.
  • Wait a few seconds for the lubricant to soak into the dirt, then cycle the shock.
  • Gently wipe away the dirt which sticks to the damper body/shock shaft, and repeat until the lubricant comes up clean.
  • Buff any excess lubricant away.

See our range of Lubes and Grease that we use every day