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front suspension fork maintenance

Postby garyparrott » Tue Oct 09, 2012 19:59 pm

Hi folks,
I have a Claude Butler Urban 300 hybrid bike. It's quite old, approx 10 yrs, and have stripped the front suspension forks for cleaning.
Can anyone please tell me if I need oil for the forks?
It looks to me as if there has only been grease used originally but any research I have done always refers to oil.
There is a rubber plug in the bottom of each fork approx 3 inches long.
Cheers…….Gary.

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Re: front suspension fork maintenance

Postby cooldad » Tue Oct 09, 2012 22:19 pm

Without knowing what they are, it's impossible to say.
Are they springs or elastomer? Unlikely to be air.
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Re: front suspension fork maintenance

Postby Initialised » Thu Oct 11, 2012 19:32 pm

This might be better in MTB Workshop if you can find the make/model of the fork.

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Re: front suspension fork maintenance

Postby The Rookie » Mon Oct 15, 2012 15:04 pm

Cheaper forks use grease, and the thicker the better.

At that age I'd guess they are short travel elastomer.


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