Benefits of the Shock Lab
We are passionate about optimizing suspension performance, and specialize in servicing and tuning mountain bike forks and shocks. We offer everything from routine maintenance to customized valving, oil weight and heights, and spring rates. Our overhaul and rebuild service is available for almost all mountain bike forks and rear shocks on the market. We have many manufacturer-specific suspension tools to handle all kinds of service and repair. Our suspension techs have been trained by the best in the industry “the same people that build your suspension forks and shocks.” We carry many of the replacement parts that you will need for your service and maintain close manufacture contact for those parts that we may need to special order. We do all of our own work in-house to save you precious ride time and save you money, all backed with a 30 day service guarantee
Why Suspension Fork and Shock Maintenance Matters
Mountain bike suspension forks and rear shocks need routine service to continue performing at their best. Quality suspension components use oil to both control the wheel as it encounters bumps (damping) and to lubricate internal parts as they slide against each other. The seals on these components do a good job of keeping the oil in and the dirt and water out, but inevitably as the seals wear over time, some contaminants will make it past the seals and into the oil. Riding with dirty oil can make the suspension feel harsh and limit the amount of travel, or worse, it can cause internal wear as the contaminants in the oil continually scrape against the insides of the suspension component. Internal wear can cause play in the fork (a feeling similar to a loose headset) and air or oil leaks.
To combat this, most suspension manufacturers recommend servicing forks and shocks annually, or after every 100 hours of riding time. Fox rear shocks recommend service and seal replacement every 30 hours. CycleSmith offers routine servicing as recommended by the manufactures as well as custom tuning to match your riding style and needs.
What We Provide
Clean and inspect external and internal parts
Replace seals and wipers as necessary
Replace o-rings, glide rings, damper rods, damper cartridges, etc. as needed
Replace bushings as necessary
Refill with fresh oil
Set air spring or install coil spring according to your body weight and riding style
Custom Tuning Options for Suspension Forks and Shocks (custom pricing)
CycleSmith loves tuning forks and shocks to optimize performance. Here’s what we can do for you:
Select oil weight to increase or decrease damping
Set oil height to adjust bottom out resistance and make spring rate more or less progressive
Swap out coil springs to match body weight or riding style
Swap out negative springs to improve small bump performance or reduce bobbing
Change fork travel (on forks with such a feature)
Install upgrade components such as remote lockouts, newer dampers, dampers with more adjuster knobs, etc.
We provide individual quotes for each job that we perform. Please contact us to discuss how we can improve your fork, and we’ll give you a custom quote.
Suspension Fork and Shock Maintenance and Overhaul – $60 plus parts