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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:27 pm 
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Who makes the best 32mm fork seals/dust wipers?

My criteria in order of priority:

1) Keeps dirt out, also in wet, muddy, or dusty conditions.
2) Low static friction
3) Low dynamic friction
4) Wear resistance
5) Cost

I have only used RockShox forks for ages, so I feel a bit uninformed in this matter.
The reason this question is an issue at all (mostly you just have to buy what fits), is that the carbon fork project is slowly taking off now.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:25 am 
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I've always liked EnduroForkSeals from Real World Cycling.

http://www.enduroforkseals.com/id22.html


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:18 am 
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Why do you like them better than the original seals?
Which brand of fork do you run?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:56 pm 
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I ran these on my old revelation, and now I run them in my Lyric. They seem to last longer than stock seals, to me. Some folks complain they add "stiction" over stock seals, but I really can't tell.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:05 pm 
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Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:02 pm 
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net wurker wrote:
I ran these on my old revelation, and now I run them in my Lyric. They seem to last longer than stock seals, to me. Some folks complain they add "stiction" over stock seals, but I really can't tell.



A trick ive read somewhere on PB or EB is to repack them when installing is to put some buzz slick honey on them.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:38 pm 
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^^Yep...I do that^^^


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:37 pm 
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Hi all, I'm new here on HK!

For motorcycle forks, both off and on road, SKF dust/oil seals are very good.
By good I mean:
_ not leaking oil nor letting dust/dirt enter the sealed area
_ they last at least as long as standard NOK seals (SKF seals are green/blue and seem to be softer/suppler than black standard ones, but they don't wear more quickly)
_ depending on the stanchion material/treatment, they are far less sticky, and that particular point is why I use them on both MTB and motorcyle forks (I experienced very good results with DLC treated superbike forks)

Here is a link to the manufacturer:
http://www.skf.com/group/products/seals/automotive-seals/suspension/fork-seals-for-motorcycles-and-bicycles/index.html

That being said, I didn't find any reference for 32mm inside diameter...


I know Fox forks are sold with SKF seals, my brother having a 36mm VAN. But they don't look the same as the one I use, and I don't know if they are as good. Maybe the Fox ones reduce the stiction even more, as there is only one seal for both dust and oil (one lip for each side).

An other information I found in a french bike magazine, is that Marzocchi will switch from NOK to SKF for their 2014 forks. And with this article was a picture of a 29er fork equipped with green/blue SKF seals... but I really don't know if the colour of the rubber says it all. In fact, I don't even know if the material they use (Nitrile rubber) is so much different than other seals like NOK.

I found something similar on bikeradar:
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My two cents...


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:16 am 
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Hello Lobo, welcome and thank you!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:50 am 
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Welcome to Huckingkitty Lobo.

I suspect that the SKF seals Fox sells, are different from the motorcycle version, in the way that they're supposedly extra low friction.
From what I've learned, they're also "extra contamination ingress", they just haven't found it useful to write that in the ads. ;)

If I could get my hands on a 32mm MX version, now that would be something.

The Marzocchi version looks different, maybe it's better?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:42 am 
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I have some Enduro's coming in for my Fox Float, I'll see how that set does for a while and then post my 2 cents...

-GT


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:58 am 
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Please do so.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:49 pm 
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I don't care for the enduros as they trap gunk in between the 2 wiper edges and can tear a fork up, if you've gone too long on your service intervals. I run SKF seals on all of my bikes and run mucky nuts fenders on all as well, for a little bit of added security. Forks run super smooth and clean. All year round


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