I sent my Fox Float 36 O/B R into OGC to warranty a creaky crown and was informed that my bushings and stanchions were significantly worn and the bath oil was brown. OGC has suggested that I did not follow the recommended service intervals, which I have.
This is somewhat surprising since the fork came on a 2013 bike that I started riding end of May, and the lowers were dropped and oil replaced end of June. Fox recommends dropping the lowers every 30 hours of riding, and I likely rode about that amount between end of June and early August when the fork was sent in to OGC. So while the fork was likely due for service, it is doubtful that I was negligent here according to what Fox recommends.
What gives? Do I really need to drop the lowers every couple of weeks? It has been quite dusty this summer so it's possible that the dust is able to easily work its way in and cause wear.
Time to buy a Lyrik?