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    Suspension help

    Hi, this may be a really noob question, but if my suspension fork does not have any valves (not on the top of the fork where the valve usually is, and also not on the bottom of the fork), does this mean I have to replace the entire fork if it stops working properly? Is there no way to fix it? This is an entry-level Giant bike that is a few years old and was only recently taken out of storage.

    I have tried looking for the make and model of the fork, but it seems the fork is listed as a Giant Aluminum Alloy Fork which is really unhelpful.

    Help appreciated, thanks!

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    If it's an entry level bike, you have a coil sprung fork and not an air fork. Which means if it's not working properly, while you may not have to replace it to get it to work right, if it needs service, you're better off replacing it with an air sprung fork.

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    Valves on air sprung forks are for adjusting pressure and not servicing.


    That basic fork has a coil spring and elastomer damper.
    Nothing can really go wrong there short of mechanical failure.

    You can clean and lube it yourself every year or two and that's it.

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    Thanks for the replies. I have not been on a bike with suspension in years so I am still reading up.

    The suspension on the bike doesn't depress and come up properly though. I really have to lean hard on it for it to depress, and then it is really slow in bouncing up again. Does that amount to a mechanical failure?

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    Have you checked it's not locked out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarinCRO View Post
    Have you checked it's not locked out?
    I don't think so. There is no lever on the suspension for a lock out function. There is basically nothing that can be adjusted (that I can see) on the fork.

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