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How to Maintain Your EBike Shock Fork

How to Maintain Your EBike Shock Fork

How to Maintain Your EBike Shock Fork March 12, 2024Leave a comment

How to Maintain Your EBike Shock Fork
The fork suspension on your electric bike is critical to ensuring a smooth, enjoyable ride – even when you’re traveling over rough terrain.
Unfortunately, suspensions are susceptible to exposure to dirt, wear, and oil leaks. When the suspension gets dirty or fails to lubricate, it can lead to a bumpier, less comfortable ride. Improper suspension maintenance can also cause your arms and hands to go numb.
In this article, we discuss how to maintain your e-bike shock forks and how to extend the life of your shock.
The basics of fork lubrication
The fork suspension on an e-bike is responsible for keeping the rider comfortable. This is accomplished through the front suspension system, which consists of:
Steerer tube (connects the fork to the bike frame)
Struts (two separate “rods” that go in and out of the slider and contain other internal components such as springs (or air chambers) and oil)
Sliders (which allow the struts to pass through and connect to the front wheel)
To keep the shock fork lubricated, oil is stored near the bottom of the fork legs. During riding, the oil lubricates the internal components of the fork, such as seals and bushings.
The front suspension of most e-bikes and conventional bicycles contains multiple seals. External dust seals prevent dirt from entering the suspension, while foam rings store oil under the seals and collect any intruding particles.
Some bikes have additional seals to further protect against dust.
How to maintain ebike fork suspension
Maintaining your suspension is easier than you might think, as you only need a few basic tools to do it. The most common tools and accessories you will need are:
Allen wrench
Bicycle suspension oil (lubricant)
Water hose (or fresh water bucket)
Cleaning rags

EBike Shock Fork
Now that you have the essentials, you need to perform the following actions next:
Step 1: Clean and dry
First, turn your bike upside down and make sure the frame is stable.
Then, use a hose or a bucket of fresh water to remove dirt and grime from the forks. Pay close attention to the stanchions and fork holders, as debris often builds up in these areas.
If you use a hose, use the high-pressure mode only when the bike has been inverted. Otherwise, water may seep into the fork seals.
Dry the forks and external seals with a clean rag.
Step 2: Lubricate
Next, with the bike still upside down, apply bike suspension oil (lubricant) to both front suspension forks.
Allow the oil to run down the forks and seals. Allow to sit for approximately 20 minutes.
If applied correctly, the oil will naturally lubricate the entire fork, meaning no further action is required.
Step 3: Check for wear
Check the fork suspension, especially the stanchions, for signs of impact damage, ingrained marks or scratches.
Strut scratches can damage the dust seals, increasing the risk of oil leaks. Severe scratches may require an inspection by a suspension specialist who will repair or replace the part.
Step 4: Adjust suspension compression
Most mountain e-bikes have an adjustable front suspension. This allows you to determine how much the bike “sags” when you place it on the handlebars and perform basic maneuvers such as riding over ramps and land jumps.
While adjusting the fork suspension isn’t too difficult, you’ll need to use a shock pump (with a pressure gauge) to adjust the air pressure.
First, locate the locking knob on the fork and turn it to “on”. Then, locate the air cap on the other side, remove the cap, and insert the shock pump.
Refer to the manufacturer’s recommended specifications to adjust the air pressure accordingly. Don’t worry if you make a mistake; you can always increase or decrease the air pressure as needed.
When finished, remove the shock pump and reinstall the air cap. Be sure to set the locking knob back to “LOCKED”!
Step 5: Replace Seals and Bushings
Check the condition of the existing seals and bushings.
If you notice any signs of damage, including scratches, wear, or missing parts, be sure to replace these components. Soon, they will begin to affect the performance of your front suspension.
Any issues?
That’s it! These are just a few ways to keep your front fork suspension in good condition. For more information on general support, brochures and product support, please Contact Us.

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