Maintaining Your Mountain Bike
Tips on maintaining your mountain bike.
- Every Ride - Squeeze your brakes and take a quick look at your pad wear (winter is brutal on pads). Grab your wheels and feel for any play in axles or pivot bearings. Wipe your fork and shock stanchions with a clean rag.
- Periodically - Wipe the drivetrain clean with a rag and lube the chain. Don't use CRC or stuff for motorcycles, they make a huge mess. We can help you find a good bike chain lube and show you how to properly use it.
- 6 Months - The bike is probably still running pretty well and just needs a tune up. Our General Service will do just that. Depending on how often you ride, you might need a fork lower leg service. Forks generally need service every 50 hours (or more if riding the bike park). If you're tyres are tubeless, they'll likely need a top-up as sealant can dry up inside the tyre.
- Annually - At this point, if you haven't serviced your bike, you should get it in for an Annual Service.Our Annual Service is thorough and includes cleaning the drivetrain in the chemical bath. Your fork and rear shock should also be serviced at least once a year.
Want to learn more about your Suspension?
We have this clever little device called the ShockWiz that takes the confusion out of setting up your bike's suspension. It analyzes a fork/shock's performance and makes straight-forward recommendations on what you can change based on your riding style. They're expensive on their own, so we hire them out for just $60 per weekend.