front suspension fork maintenance

garyparrott Posts: 2
edited October 2012 in The workshop
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.


  • cooldad
    cooldad Posts: 32,599
    Without knowing what they are, it's impossible to say.
    Are they springs or elastomer? Unlikely to be air.
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  • Initialised
    Initialised Posts: 3,047
    This might be better in MTB Workshop if you can find the make/model of the fork.

    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    Cheaper forks use grease, and the thicker the better.

    At that age I'd guess they are short travel elastomer.
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.