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post #1 of 11 Old 06-04-2017, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Fork springs in UK

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My fork started getting "juicy" so I decided to replace seals and dust covers along with 15w oil. I thought it would be nice as I am already on it to replace stock springs with a bit firmer ones. 0.95 kg/mm to be specific.
I have found a nice set of Sonic Springs but they would be shipped from States and that adds 50% to the price. Not that I am tight or something but I was wondering if someone knows about UK based seller doing springs for wee?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-04-2017, 04:40 PM
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I recently got a set of forks that are of Italian make. Check with your more or less local suspension supplier for a European maker?
When trying to save a buck or a pence or a Euro doing it yourself may be a bother. At least give the business guys a chance to do what they do.
Ever thought of just throwing in a spacer to cause the springs to work more?
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Thank you for the reply. I just like to be self sufficient and do as much as I can by myself. For me owning a bike does not only mean riding it but maintaining it as well (as much as "driveway mechanic" can do). For me biking is all about the fun, and tinkering with my ride and getting to know it "in depth" is definitely not a bother, it is half of that fun
$85 for springs is ok, I dont mind, but $45 shipping on top of it... Well, if possible I would rather spend that money on petrol enjoying new suspension feel on sunny Sunday afternoon (after greasy Saturday afternoon) LOL
If I cant find a website with UK stock i will have to go for Sonic's stuff I guess.
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I understand the DYI and saving costs but sometimes it pays to check others expertise.
You may find a compromise between shipping from the US and sourcing local.
After a long, 8 week, wait for my springs I find out the imported was 45 miles from me. I had no idea when I ordered from the suspension place in Idaho.
So they drop shipped them to me instead of shipping to Idaho and back to So Ca. It gets involved, eh?
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Yeah, I couldn't find anything in UK, that is why I thought I might ask here if anybody had similar experience and managed to sort it out.
I was thinking about spacers, but the idea of shortening suspension travel would not be my first choice. I know this is nice and cheap alternative to proper stuff but I am afraid my OCD Gods would not be pleased LOL
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Interesting that when we buy anything from the UK, it is 50% more too
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Thank you for the reply. I just like to be self sufficient and do as much as I can by myself. For me owning a bike does not only mean riding it but maintaining it as well (as much as "driveway mechanic" can do). For me biking is all about the fun, and tinkering with my ride and getting to know it "in depth" is definitely not a bother, it is half of that fun
$85 for springs is ok, I dont mind, but $45 shipping on top of it... Well, if possible I would rather spend that money on petrol enjoying new suspension feel on sunny Sunday afternoon (after greasy Saturday afternoon) LOL
If I cant find a website with UK stock i will have to go for Sonic's stuff I guess.
Bear in mind, on top of shipping you could be liable for import tax and PO handling & tax collection fee which would also ramp up costs.

Brooks suspension list straight rate and progressive springs. DLs have 43mm forks so springs needn't be model specific, spacers are easily made to length from plastic pipe.
I'm sure most suspension shops would be able to sort something.
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Bear in mind, on top of shipping you could be liable for import tax and PO handling & tax collection fee which would also ramp up costs.

Brooks suspension list straight rate and progressive springs. DLs have 43mm forks so springs needn't be model specific, spacers are easily made to length from plastic pipe.
I'm sure most suspension shops would be able to sort something.
Funny you mentioned Brooks, I have just emailed them about what I am after. I also found K-Tech who suppose to be ok, but waiting for reply from them second day already.
I have no idea why I struggled to find any websites with suspension before I started this thread.

And I have noticed just as spike55_bmw said, the UK stuff is about 50% more expensive than US
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"I was thinking about spacers, but the idea of shortening suspension travel would not be my first choice."

Adding spacers doesn't shorten the suspension, it preloads the spring and makes it work a bit. I suppose it could possible bottom out but not sure.
You could change the fork oil to 15 wt too?
Yo, I just googled "Fork Springs in England" and found Hagon and Wilbers are distributed there. Probably more but there is stuff!

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...$85 for springs is ok, I dont mind, but $45 shipping on top of it... Well, if possible I would rather spend that money on petrol enjoying new suspension feel on sunny Sunday afternoon (after greasy Saturday afternoon) LOL
If I cant find a website with UK stock i will have to go for Sonic's stuff I guess.
Yeah, international shipping has gotten crazy expensive. When we started in 2004 we charged $22 to Europe, and that was about the break even price. Now, at $45 we actually lose a few dollars, the actual cost is typically in the low-mid $50s. Frustrating for you and for us...

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