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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 12:01 pm 
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Is it ok to hang a (new fangled) suspension bike vertically against a wall or will this mess up the suspension and drip oil on the living room carpet?

Only kidding, it's in the garage, but we all know where it should live!


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 9:50 am 
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I've pondered this as well, as I hang the rest of my bikes up in this manner. Whenever I ask this a lot of people tell me 'of course it'll be alright think of the forces that go through the frame when you ride it' but in my mind this is not the same as having the fork and shock bushings under a (albeit small) load in the exact same spot for extended periods of time (I don't ride my full sus that often). So it stays in the corner waiting for someone to provide actual evidence that it can join its brothers:-)


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 12:53 pm 
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If it's going to leak oil, it will do it in whatever position you have it.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 1:51 pm 
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storing suspension bikes in a non-horizontal position is a good idea for the suspension seals etc, below is a extract from my 2002 Rockshox Duke service manual:


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 3:06 pm 
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I've seen forks leak oil out of the top seals, when upside down for any length of time. Modern forks may be better. It can also affect the damping, lockout may not work straight away


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 7:25 pm 
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i hang my reba-equipped bike by one wheel from a ceiling hook, sometimes facing up, sometimes down. have been doing so for a couple years and have never had issues with fork function or leakage.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:08 pm 
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not so good for aston martins though, i remember one story where they had one hanging vertically on a wall and they actually sold it to a customer, he came back with it due to the car being somewhat screwed :roll:


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