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    Brand New Bike, Fork Squeaks When Trying to Bunny Hop

    Hi,

    I have a brand new bike with RockShox Recon Gold TK 29, never adjusted or anything. It squeaks when I try to do bunny hops. Does that mean it's time to lubricate? Just want to make sure before I do it since I thought brand new forks come pre-lubed already?

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    The squeak you're hearing is nothing to worry about. All forks make noise when the move through their travel! Most of the time you just can't hear it over the sound of your tires on dirt!
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    Just make sure you aren't doing any bunnyhops with the lockout on...

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    The Rock Shox Monarch RL on my new Kona FS wheezes like Wheezy the penguin from "Toy Story"

    But it seems to work fine and you cannot hear it when actually out riding on a trail, so l am not bothered about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skene View Post
    Just make sure you aren't doing any bunnyhops with the lockout on...
    I hope not, would that damage the fork or rear suspension

    Is it bad to drop 5" with lockout on?

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    Some forks have a blowoff valve that over-rides the lockout if you hit something really big.
    This happens on my Monarch rear shock and my Sektor fork. It does not deliver the full travel, it looks like about 30%
    But I guess this is enough to prevent damage.

    My first fork was a Rock Shox Quadra 10 which delivered about 40mm travel, but in cold UK winter weather it barely moved.

    I think it had rubber "elastomers" in it rather than air or a spring, and in below freezing weather they were rock hard.

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