Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Pictured at top left are a set of Enduro wipers that came off a Fox fork that required a bit of hosing down. Enduro does many things very well, but in our experience these fork wipers can cause more problems than they solve, and some people try use them as a substitute for regular service, which doesn't work. In fact, it often does just the opposite. You can plainly see the dirt that has collected under these, which through use and additional neglect result in stanchion damage like you see below.
Save yourself the headache of this predicament by getting in the habit now of wiping off your fork after every ride and having it serviced once a year or so. With care like that, it could last decades! And with donor forks like this one, we're sure to have replacement parts for these old forks when something on yours breaks in 2025 (as long as you don't need replacement uppers or an inertia-valve damper).