08 July, 2011
Mongoose Bicycle Element Shock Maintenance
Mongoose has produced BMX and mountain bikes built for performance since 1974. During this time, the company developed various designs and technologies such as the Element shock used on full suspension bikes. Like most bike parts or shocks, the Mongoose Element requires specific maintenance to maximize performance and longevity.
Wipe and Check
One of the most routine maintenance steps for the Element shock is a “wipe and check” procedure after each ride. Wipe the shocks with a clean cloth to remove any dust or oil. Check the seals and other components to see if the Element shock needs any adjustments or repairs from damage during the ride. For example, check the fork for cracks near the bridge and dropouts at the fork crown.
Following a regular maintenance schedule improves overall function and performance for the Element shock. After 20 to 25 hours of riding, change the oil in the fork along with lubricating and cleaning the seals. After 80 hours of riding, remove the dust seals from the fork to check the quality of the oil and clean the foam rings. You can also deflate the air from the shock for a thorough cleaning every 160 hours of riding.
By regularly cleaning and lubricating the Element shocks, you can keep all parts and bolts properly tightened and adjusted. Take 10 minutes immediately following a race or muddy ride to remove the mud, dirt and debris that can negatively affect the performance of your shocks. Mongoose recommends washing your bike frequently and applying an anti-rust treatment if you ride in beach or coastal areas with saltwater nearby.
Basic tuning of the Element shock allows you to customize the amount of cushioning based on your individual riding style. Changing the type of cushioning can be performed using general bike tools or replacing old parts. For example, if the it feels sticky or sloppy as it decompresses, apply lubricant to the lowers or change the oil. Change the fork seals and bushings if the shock moves back and forth.
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