Fork and shock bottom out — BikeRadar
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Fork and shock bottom out
edited August 2007
Just wondering, what happens if your forks or rear shock reach the end of their travel after taking a big hit? Does this damage the forks or shock? What does it feel like if this happens when riding?
Big Red S
They're designed with it in mind.
There is a bumper designed as a last resort (you can see it on coil shocks, it's a cone-shaped ring of rubber round the shaft) and that basically dissipates the energy.
It feels like the suspension suddenly ending, sometimes with a 'thunk' to go with it.
you don't wanna be hitting the bump stop to hard though. you might need a harder spring or more air in them if they are air preload.
as long as it's not slamming hard i believe if your shock/forks are set properly (for DH/FR bikes anyhows) your fork/shock should bottom out gently once or twice every ride - otherwise you might as well have less travel!
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