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    Fork: Suntour SF11-XCR-DS-26-LO-SP - OIL around pistons

    Hey guys. This is my first post here and I just got my first true trail bike ( 2011 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 26" ). I bought it used and it had been ridden only abou 5 time(I am inclined to believe that). Today I took it for my first trail ride and it was awesome. The one thing I noticed was that there is oil residue around the Pistons entry point into the fork and so the pistons themself were getting lines of oil but it wasn't like it was leaking. Pictures are included. Is this normal?Fork: Suntour SF11-XCR-DS-26-LO-SP - OIL around pistons-p1060146.jpgFork: Suntour SF11-XCR-DS-26-LO-SP - OIL around pistons-p1060144.jpg

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    The lines around the fork tubes are just the spots where the forked stopped compressing.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    It's normal to some extent BUT those are filthy. Clean them up!! Just wipe with a soft cloth. You should do that after every trail ride. grit is no friend to your fork.

    the shiny bits are called "stanchions" - although they do act kinda like pistons.

    Specialized what Comp 26? Keep enjoying your bike/riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
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    The lines around the fork tubes are just the spots where the forked stopped compressing.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhix01 View Post
    It's normal to some extent BUT those are filthy. Clean them up!! Just wipe with a soft cloth. You should do that after every trail ride. grit is no friend to your fork.

    the shiny bits are called "stanchions" - although they do act kinda like pistons.

    Specialized what Comp 26? Keep enjoying your bike/riding.
    Rockhopper Comp. Sorry. I just fixed it! Thanks for the info! I am cleaning them right now!

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    A Rockhopper is a nice first trail bike. I think you're going to love it.

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