Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?

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Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?

Postby gentlegreen » 20 Apr 2020, 4:46pm

Hi.

I have bought a second-hand mountain bike with a Rockshox Sektor DL fork - the frame is about 10 years old, so I'm guessing the fork probably is too ..
Being heavier than the average rider at 220 pounds (I would ideally be 30 pounds lighter) It has approx 50 percent sag, and being new to this I thought I would just be able to buy a basic pump and pump up the air-spring ...

... only it turns out that this is a coil-spring model ...

I suppose rationally I can subtract the price of a pump from the cost of a heavier duty spring.

Any advice regarding suppliers would be gratefully received ...

thanks...

(The truth is that I won't be doing much serious downhill riding, but having acquired this bike, I fancy going more off-piste than I ever would have on my now defunct Giant ATX830 with its seized fork - apart from getting about town, it's mostly it's 20 mile exercise rides and 40 mile day rides ..)

The greater truth is I should have bought a Surly 26 inch disc-friendly touring frame instead - and doubtless will at some point ... or fit a steel fork ...

OK Think I've found a supplier I hope they aren't actually obsolete ..

https://www.tftuned.com/sektor-uturn-sp ... 50mm/p2125

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Re: Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?

Postby Brucey » 23 Apr 2020, 11:02am

you may not need a new spring; you can bolster the extant one by

- adding spacers inside the fork to increase the preload and/or
- adding an elastomer to the spring, either at the end ( a bit like a spacer) or within the coil spring.

cheers
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Re: Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?

Postby gentlegreen » 25 Apr 2020, 11:00am

Brucey wrote:you may not need a new spring; you can bolster the extant one by

- adding spacers inside the fork to increase the preload and/or
- adding an elastomer to the spring, either at the end ( a bit like a spacer) or within the coil spring.

cheers

thanks :)
I actually have a stash of elastomers from my old forks ...

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Re: Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?

Postby rjb » 25 Apr 2020, 11:52am

gentlegreen wrote:
Brucey wrote:you may not need a new spring; you can bolster the extant one by

- adding spacers inside the fork to increase the preload and/or
- adding an elastomer to the spring, either at the end ( a bit like a spacer) or within the coil spring.

cheers

thanks :)
I actually have a stash of elastomers from my old forks ...


I've used an elastomer wine cork in a suspension seat pin. :wink:
At the last count:- Peugeot 531 pro, Dawes Discovery Tandem, Dawes Kingpin, Raleigh 20, Falcon K2 MTB dropped bar tourer, Longstaff trike conversion on a Falcon corsa. :D