Fork - Rock Shox Recon Silver TK29 100 problem? :-(

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by Andy, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Current Bike:
    Depends...
    Haven't ridden the Santa Cruz Highball much this year, so I thought I'd give it a clean...

    Then I noticed the fork. :( Looks like rust? Help! Suggestions - can I safely clean them without scratching, if so with what?

    Hopefully they're not too far gone that I need to replace the fork, or buy a new bike... :whistling:


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  2. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    The Recon Silver has steel stanchions. You should be able to lightly scrub the rust off.

    My concern is that once you do, they might be pitted. That may cause some issues with leaking, but you should be ok.
     
  3. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    The Highball really likes a bigger fork- just sayin'. :p

    It's a completely different bike with a 34/120 up front. :whistling:
     
  4. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Try using a green scratch pad to lightly clean the stanchions. Less collateral damage than sandpaper.

    +1 About running a bigger fork. I ran a 120 Fox32 and it totally changed the way I could ride the bike
     
  5. riiz

    riiz Member

    Location:
    Redlands, CA
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Heckler/Killmaleon
    It's fine, just ride it. The rust will be removed through use.
     
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  6. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I'd just quit mt. biking completely. :stop:



    Or, not worry about it and ride it. :thumbsup:

    Or, do what the fellas suggest snd use it as an excuse to get a mo' bettah fork up front (34 or Pike 120mm). :sneaky:

    Glad I could help! o_O
     
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  7. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    You should be fine, the key with stanchion repair is all about if you can feel it with your fingernail. Small imperfections and pourisity are a concern, but not enough to have a significant impact in performance on a shock like that. Make sure to never use anything more coarse then 320grit sand paper. I like to start with scotchbright and a bit of water and just give it a rub down and see how it feels. If you don't get the result you're looking for, use some 320 or 400 and make sure to only sand in the direction that the lowers travel... ie parallel to the stanchions.

    Like Jason said, these stanchions are steel and it's far easier to bring these back to life then anodized aluminum. If this is something that you can see but not really feel, you may actually be able to hit it with a smidge of metal polish.
     
  8. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Hi all. Do you guys do anything special to prevent this kind of oxidation?
     
  9. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Ride the bike over rough terrain, daily, so the stanchions don't have the opportunity to deteriorate. ;)
     
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  10. Andy

    Andy Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Current Bike:
    Depends...
    I did go ahead and buy a new bike - just to be on the safe side... :whistling:
     
  11. Torrent77

    Torrent77 Member

    Name:
    Dave
    wd40 and the scrubber side of a kitchen sponge. The WD40 will break down the rust and also add some inhibitors in its place.
     
  12. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    I had that same fork for several years, and never had an issue... Never even serviced it. :oops:
     
  13. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Oh, really?????
     
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