While cleaning the garage I took a side track and did some suspension work.
For many years I have had a Judy SL (yellow with 63mm travel) hanging on the pegboard by it Answer ATAC stem. A long time back, I somehow wound up with it and planned to install it on my Alpinestars urban bike. This is a later Alpinestars with a Chromoly frame, not the elevated chainstay version. For whatever reasons, it never got installed.
Today I decided to see if the fork was trashed inside from corrosion. Took it apart and found the tubes are spotless, the lowers inside look as if it was never ridden. Even the damper cartridge was almost full. Regardless, pulled it apart, cleaned and serviced the damper, same for the upper and lowers. This thing had never been apart before and was in great condition. The obvious failed portion was two elastomers had crumbled.
Prior to working on the Judy, I had another vintage fork to work on. This one was recently acquired. A Specialized Carbon FS Ti. Like the Judy, I was expecting the worse. This fork too had never been apart. The carbon lowers have one cosmetic scratch that could buff out, the upper tubes are flawless. The issue with this fork is someone has swapped out the ti hardware for a mix of steel and stainless. Also, when removing the lower headset race, they put a couple of nicks in the crown.
So this morning was like opening a time capsule of sorts...two never before apart vintage RockShox.
Guess I need to get off my fanny and install these on something and ride them into their graves.
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