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  1. #1
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    fork boots - why or why not?

    I just put a new 100 mm fork on my HT, and it seems like every bike rack I lock my bike to has the potential to scratch the stanchions. I'd like to try these out: Lizard Skins Fork Boots | Buy Online | . Anyone here have success with them? I'd only keep them on for commuting - I've never had a problem with the stanchions getting scratched while riding XC.


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    Feb 2005

    fork boots - why or why not?

    The reason you don't see them much anymore is because they still admit fine grit and hold it against the stanchions. This usually causes more abrasion than having bare stanchions and wiping them and the seals down.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2004
    The linked picture makes the boots look oh so custom formed. My buddy ran a set of neoprene boots in the 90's - poor fit w/ the possibility to trap dirt against the stanchions. A better bike rack or simply putting temporary protection (towels & bungee cords) helps metal on metal action.

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    I use them when my bike is on the rack on my car. At least in my Ming it keeps bugs and grit from blasting mt fork.

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