SKF wiper seals claimed to offer fork performance upgrade

Upgraded seal kits for a wide range of forks

SKF produces seals for many high-end suspension forks and now has an extensive catalogue of aftermarket wiper seals to help get your fork working as well — or maybe better — than the day it left the factory.

They’re available to fit a wide range of forks from Fox, RockShox, DT Swiss, Marzocchi and more, and will cost in the region of £25 / €25 / $29 a set.

Seal replacement is a necessary part of a regular servicing, but these are claimed to offer a performance upgrade (for some forks) too.

They use a “self-lubricating compound”, and are built to minimise friction while offering good sealing. The kits contain wiper seals, pre-impregnated foam o-rings, and crush washers. You’ll also need the required oil and sockets for your fork to complete a lower-leg service

Interestingly, RockShox’s high-end Lyrik and Pike forks use SKF seals as stock, while the Yari and Revelation do not. So these seals could offer an upgrade for a Yari or Revelation.

Now, I’ve not had chance to test a Yari or Revelation with these seals installed, so cannot comment on how much (if at all) they might improve performance relative to the stock unit, but if your fork needs a service anyway, it’s nice to know it’s getting higher-quality seals at the same time.

Don’t expect these seals to make your Yari perform like a Lyrik though; the main difference is in the damper. To find out more, visit SKF.

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
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