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 to do the least amount of work possible, so I start with what I can do on the exterior. Under the boot, there is a internal snap ring retainer clip holding the interior guts inside.

First, let the air pressure out of the forks, then use snap ring pliers and remove that retaining ring.

“>Let air out Future shock FSX forks internal clip ring stanchion suspension shocks rebuild demonstration photo

Let air out of Future Shock FSX forks before removing internal clip ring stanchion suspension shocks rebuild avoidance demonstration.

 

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Remove C clip retaining snap ring retainer, internal ring clip on stanchion rock shox specialized future shock guts.

 

“>Aha, a blown seal! Rock Shox air suspension rubber lip edge.

Aha, a blown seal! Rock Shox air suspension rubber lip edge.

 

“>Left of stanchion tube see edge lip of seal blown upward at sliding tube rock shox FSX internals rebuild repair image

Left of stanchion tube, see lip of seal blown upward at tube seal. Rock Shox FSX internals rebuild repair.

 

First thing to try is to fold that lip back down. I was able to poke it down, snug along the stanchion, with a nonscratching plastic tool. Then replaced the snap ring.

Whodathunkit, the damn thing worked. It holds air and slides better than ever. I imagine that in the future it will blow out there again; but as long as I avoid the big air jumps this fork will keep performing well.

I was able to inspect my complex machine, determine the problem, and solve the problem, with the utmost of economy; and avoid a complete teardown and overhaul.

Fiber Optic Bicycle with carbon, street tough by bMHR

Fiber Optic Bicycle with carbon, street tough by bMHR

 

 

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