Mountain Bike Suspension Overhaul and Tuning Services

We are passionate about optimizing suspension performance, and specialize in servicing and tuning mountain bike forks and shocks. We offer everything from routine maintenance to customized valving, oil weight and heights, and spring rates. Our overhaul and rebuild service is available for almost all mountain bike forks and rear shocks on the market. We have many manufacturer-specific suspension tools to handle all kinds of service and repair. We've been riding (and tuning) suspension since the mid-1990s, and have personally tried just about every product out there.

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Why Suspension Fork and Shock Maintenance Matters

Mountain bike suspension forks and rear shocks need routine service to continue performing at their best. Quality suspension components use oil to both control the wheel as it encounters bumps (damping) and to lubricate internal parts as they slide against each other. The seals on these components do a good job of keeping the oil in and the dirt and water out, but inevitably as the seals wear over time, some contaminants will make it past the seals and into the oil. Riding with dirty oil can make the suspension feel harsh and limit the amount of travel, or worse, it can cause internal wear as the contaminants in the oil continually scrape against the insides of the suspension component. Internal wear can cause play in the fork (a feeling similar to a loose headset) and air or oil leaks.

To combat this, most suspension manufacturers recommend servicing forks and shocks annually, or after every 100 hours of riding time. Cycle Monkey offers routine servicing as recommended by the manufactures as well as custom tuning to match your riding style and needs.

Suspension Fork and Shock Maintenance and Overhaul

We provide the following mountain bike suspension maintenance services:

  • Clean and inspect external and internal parts
  • Replace seals and wipers as necessary
  • Replace o-rings, glide rings, damper rods, damper cartridges, etc. as needed
  • Replace bushings as necessary
  • Refill with fresh oil
  • Set air spring or install coil spring according to your body weight and riding style

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Custom Tuning Options for Suspension Forks and Shocks

Cycle Monkey loves tuning forks and shocks to optimize performance. Here's what we can do for you:

  • Select oil weight to increase or decrease damping
  • Set oil height to adjust bottom out resistance and make spring rate more or less progressive
  • Swap out coil springs to match body weight or riding style
  • Swap out negative springs to improve small bump performance or reduce bobbing
  • Modify shim stack to improve damping characteristics.
  • Change fork travel (on forks with such a feature)
  • Install upgrade components such as remote lockouts, newer dampers, dampers with more adjuster knobs, etc.

We provide individual quotes for each job that we perform. Please contact us to discuss how we can improve your fork, our submit our online suspension service request form.

More Bike Supension Info

Fork Maintenance Tips

Most manufacturers suggest annual fork service based on 100 hours of riding. For a more detailed list of services intervals, select the your suspension brand below:




Forks and Shocks
We Service and Tune

   DT Swiss
   Fox Racing Shox
   White Brothers


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