I have a 2012 X-fusion Velvet RL2 that has the strangest problem. After the bike has been sitting overnight...the fork locks up. I have to push down on the bars pretty hard to break it free. After I initially break it free, it works fine for the rest of the ride. No problems with binding or stickiness. The next day the same thing will happen. I put light pressure on the bars and it feels like the fork is locked out. I then put significant pressure on the bars and the fork breaks loose and works fine on my ride. To clarify a few things...this has happened since I first received the new fork and it has not gotten any worse or better in the last year. I have verified that the lockout knob is not engaged. I even sent the fork in to Xfusion to have them look at it and they checked it out and sent it back. When I received it back from them I installed it on the bike and had the same problem. I contacted their service manager and he said this:
"You are feeling the main air seal breaking free under initial movement. This is normal for the velvet. That seal is very tight and needs to be cycled once or twice to allow oil back in between the seal and stanchion."
I just doesn't seem right that a nice fork like this would have this sort of problem. Is anyone else having a similar issue with their X-Fusion fork?
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