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ANSWERED Suspension oil for front shock absorbers on SondorsX

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My SondorsX has been in storage since the last burn, so I took it out last week to check on it.  Everything was fine, the battery was even still charged. 

But I noticed that the front suspension was a little sticky, not really activating until large force was applied, then squeaking as it engaged.

Is there a particular suspension oil I should use?  Any tips or things to avoid when applying?

Thanks!

 

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Hey Joey, just wipe the exposed fork legs with any light or medium grade oil and a little application at the fork seal. Because it was formulated to lubricate, were ever bicycles need oil (not on chain) I recommend Phil Wood Tenacious Oil.  

https://www.amazon.com/Phil-Wood-4-Ounce-Tenacious-Oil/dp/B0028NAFFW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533998458&sr=8-1&keywords=phil+wood+tenacious+oil

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     Reddy

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Joey, in the 80’s, I did use Phil Wood Tenacious Oil on my chains but it and most oil based lubes are grit & dirt magnets, that cause chain wear and chain stretch.  Chains don’t actually stretch but the grit grinds away at the pins and plate interaction, causing space that in essence, causes the chain to lengthen and that wears the cogs prematurely.  There weren’t that many choices and less technology devoted to bicycle chains back then. My favorite in recent years have been Purple Extreme, http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/purple-extreme-synthetic-lubricant-aw17/rp-prod165292?gs=1&sku=sku610910&pgrid=47992999650&ptaid=pla-434811424278&utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_campaign=PLA+All+Products&utm_medium=base&utm_content=mkwid|svAWsGDAl_dt|pcrid|253685278709|pkw||pmt||prd|610910US

And Various formulations of White Lightening chain wax.    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/s?q=white+lightning+clean+ride+lubricant+240ml+bottle&cat=product

In the last year, on my Sondors, I have reverted, Old School,  by melting paraffin wax in a small crock pot (Goodwill Store for a few bucks) and after cleaning my chain by removal from the bike and immersing in a jar with gasoline, cap and shake, then wipe and air drying, it’s into the melted wax for 20 minutes for the chain gets up to melted wax temperature to fully penetrate the chain pins and plates. I do this about every other week  https://youtu.be/2EWS2Y2ati4  And every few days, I use White Lightning Clean Ride. My daily routes are between 20 and 42 miles and since chains are the most abused mechanical part of my bike I’m vigilant about their care.  YMMV.  

But this will give you all the info you can use about chain care and you can make an informed decision, everybody has  a favorite lube. 

http://www.lillylube.com/uploads/Link_to_Velo_Article.pdf

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     Reddy

 

 

 

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@Joey Yandle its worth noting your forks are spring shocks not oil shocks.  They just have some surface oil on the pistons.   The squeaking is the spring inside and unfortunately these shocks are not particularly responsive, so don't expect much improvement.  You might consider taking the thing apart and seeing if you can clean it up inside.

Sondors is releasing an air fork soon and its essentially the base model Luna Lander without the lockout mechanism.  These are extremely good air shocks for their price and are far more effective than a spring shock can ever hope to be.  But if you decide to upgrade its not going to arrive before the burn.

This page may not be officially live yet but you can find it on the Sondors site by searching for 'Sondors suspension'.  Its been live for some time.  The air forks are completely replacing the spring forks on the next shipment of model X sondors, including the Folds that are also getting air forks.

https://sondors.com/products/sondors-air-suspension-fold-only

 

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