Inspection discovery avoids full suspension teardown and rebuild

The sleek carbon fiber and titanium, un worn out, Specialized Future Shock FSX Rock Shox was not holding air in one side. I liked this damn thing, it’s perfect for street riding; light, compact, and short travel. I went to start a tear down and investigate what could be the problem. Of course, I want [more...]

 
Baddass Cruiser Bicycle

From my experience of building a high handlebar chopper, I learned the value of giant rear tire / skinny front tire. The problem, I discovered, is that the eye perceives the skinny tire as having a smaller diameter, compared to the fat tire. Optical illusion, and not the way I want it. I could visualize [more...]

 
Mis-tuning Air Forks for Street Performance

Which has less mass, steel or air? On most planets, an air bladder is much lighter than a steel spring. There are other performance parameters, but air springs are light. A suspended air fork for a bicycle can often be almost the same weight as a dead rigid steel fork. Another great advantage of the [more...]

 
Manitou 1 fork rebuild with springs

How to rebuild a Manitou suspension fork, replacing the elastomers with springs.   The early Manitou forks are well designed, light, simple, and work well. They don’t have as much travel as offroad  forks of today, but they are very good for street riding. Their springs (elastomers) often decay over time, but can be repaired. [more...]

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