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Do forks need to be broken in?

Jamielam96Jamielam96 Posts: 12
edited January 2016 in MTB beginners
Hi, the title sort of explains it all. But is there anything that needs to be broken in before it will work properly.

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    Nope.
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  • But they do bed in over a time period right? Like they get smoother over a period, but work perfectly 'fine' out the box?

    That's the impression I had at least.. Please correct me if I'm wrong :)
  • kickaxekickaxe Posts: 446
    But they do bed in over a time period right? Like they get smoother over a period, but work perfectly 'fine' out the box?

    That's the impression I had at least.. Please correct me if I'm wrong :)

    I guess it could be possible that the oil moves around...

    I haven't noticed any difference between when I got the bike and now anyway.
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  • Fair enough.. Guess that's what I get for reading too much and not properly understanding what I read :)
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    Yes they do bed in slightly, it depends on the fork.

    Mostly noticed as a slight reduction in 'stiction'.
  • The Rookie wrote:
    Yes they do bed in slightly, it depends on the fork.

    Mostly noticed as a slight reduction in 'stiction'.

    I can definitely feel that, as I'm a very light rider. Will it improve over time?
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Yes, because that's what bedding in means!
  • JGTRJGTR Posts: 1,404
    My forks suffered from stiction, read that it's not uncommon for forks not to be lubed properly from factory, stripped mine and the seals were very dry (the foam inserts that hold the oil). Massive improvement after a service.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Rockshox in particular are not very good at putting lower lube in their forks.
    I would always open up a new set of forks and make sure there's lube in the lowers.
  • JGTRJGTR Posts: 1,404
    Rockshox in particular are not very good at putting lower lube in their forks.
    I would always open up a new set of forks and make sure there's lube in the lowers.

    Mine were Rockshox Rebas
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,767
    the zocchi on my bike took a day or two of riding to bed in as it were. so yeah can happen on some forks. zocchis it was far more notable than my pikes.
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