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Why do MTB Forks Suck? - Dec. 1, 2015, 7:18 a.m.

No worries, glad to help! The 2014 factory series 34 really is a pretty damn good fork (despite what people say) once you get it dialed in with the new oil and seals. I also added 15cc of float fluid on top of the air spring to reduce volume - since they dont have the bottomless tokens like the new Fox's and Pikes. Push industries sells a replacement air cap that has bottomless tokens like the pike, but its $80 vs paying $5 for some float fluid that does the job. I was really happy with mine and wouldn't have bothered switching to a Pike but I just got a crazy good deal I couldn't pass up on a slightly used one thanks to 26″ wheels losing popularity… My dialed Fox 34 felt more plush on small-medium bumps since it likes to sit a bit lower in its travel, but the Pike turned out to be MUCH more supportive sitting higher in the stroke over small bumps. Both are great options, but for my riding I prefer the Pike now.

Why do MTB Forks Suck? - Dec. 1, 2015, 6:38 a.m.

Maybe you can find it on eBay or online retailer? If you can, do it. It's seriously an upgrade you will notice immediately. You just need to make sure it's a sealed cartridge damper (FIT cartridge) and you will need to use the new SKF seals, the older seals are not compatible with the 20wt.

Why do MTB Forks Suck? - Dec. 1, 2015, 5:42 a.m.

Gotcha. I came from a 2014 factory series 34 to a 2015 pike, I did notice a slightly less sticky initiation on the pike but only very slight - barely noticeable really. Assuming you are on a factory series or a FIT damper fox fork, are you running the new 20wt gold oil? I noticed a large improvement using that in the fox 34 and I even prefer it in my Pike now as well.

Why do MTB Forks Suck? - Dec. 1, 2015, 5:05 a.m.

Are you applying slick honey to the dust wipers? It makes a world of difference. Both Rockshox and Fox are spec'ing SKF seals these days (or so I believe) so fox shouldn't be any worse - maybe you are thinking of older fox forks?

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