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    Expected life of a rear shock - IN years

    been looking at some vintage bikes, but I was concerned about the old and un-upgraded shocks. Figured someone would have an idea about the expected life of a shock. Seems like the seals and gaskets would have a time frame of X amount of years, no?
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    Cane Creek AD5, 10 & 12 shocks are easy to service. The GF Sugar was a great frame back in 2000 but it's terribly dated by todays standards.

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    So, would these OR any shocks of that era still be able to operate without a rebuild OR a servicing considering there age.
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    Cane Creek AD5, 10 & 12 shocks are easy to service. The GF Sugar was a great frame back in 2000 but it's terribly dated by todays standards.

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    Someone has to have an idea about this

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    I really depends on the usage. I rode my Sugar for 4 years without touching the shock. The good thing is if the Sugar comes with a CC AD shock they still sell rebuild kits for them. It consists of a few O-Rings and a couple of Quad seals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    I really depends on the usage. I rode my Sugar for 4 years without touching the shock. The good thing is if the Sugar comes with a CC AD shock they still sell rebuild kits for them. It consists of a few O-Rings and a couple of Quad seals.
    I still have my 2001 Sugar3 with the original Cane Creek rear shock, 13 years of riding and it's still going strong. My new EX8 is the only reason I don't ride it anymore.

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    One of the bikes I looked at was from the late 90s, can't remember the rear shock, but the bike looked like it was bought, rode twice & then stuck in the basement! Usage wasn't an issue at all.

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    that helps. It is likely a gamble, either way I guess. But, nice to know you used the bike a lot and the shock is still going strong after all that time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bertran View Post
    I still have my 2001 Sugar3 with the original Cane Creek rear shock, 13 years of riding and it's still going strong. My new EX8 is the only reason I don't ride it anymore.

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    The shock on my main bike is at least 10 years old (coil vanilla RC). About four years ago I stripped it, revalved it and that's been all the internal maintenance.

    It's had enough use to wear out and break a coil spring.
    Owner of www.shockcraft.co.nz and NZ Manitou Service Agent.
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