A mountain bike (MTB) suspension service can greatly improve your riding experience by providing the following:
Increased responsiveness: Over time, dirt, debris, and wear can cause the suspension to become stiff or sticky, which can reduce its ability to absorb impacts and provide a smooth ride. Suspension components that are clean, lubricated, and functioning properly are more responsive and provide better traction on the trails. This improved responsiveness translates into a more confident and stable ride.
Improved comfort: Clean, lubed, and properly tuned suspension components will absorb shock and vibration more effectively, reducing rider fatigue and providing a more comfortable ride. By restoring the suspension to its optimal condition, a suspension service can help to improve the amount of impact that is absorbed by the suspension, reducing the amount of shock and vibration that is transmitted to the rider. This can make for a much smoother and plush ride, especially on rough or uneven terrain. Performing mid-season and annual services within the recommended range of accumulated use, is an important step in maintaining that plush feeling, as it can help to ensure that the suspension is working effectively and providing the necessary amount of cushioning.
Better control: A properly maintained suspension allows for better control by ensuring the internal components of the shock and/or fork are functioning correctly and providing the necessary amount of damping and rebound control. Suspension that is set up correctly will allow the rider to maintain better control of the bike, especially in rugged terrain. This allows for better control, more confidence, and providing an overall safer ride.
Increased performance: Suspension components that are functioning at peak performance will provide better traction, improved handling, and better power transfer to the rear wheel. This can result in a faster and more efficient ride. Additionally, a suspension service can also allow for fine-tuning of the suspension to better suit the rider's preferences and riding style. This can involve adjusting the air pressure or spring rate to better suit the rider's weight and riding style, or adjusting the damping settings to provide a more responsive or stable feel.
Longevity: By regularly servicing your suspension components, you can help to prolong the life of the suspension and avoid costly repairs or replacements in the future. As mentioned previously - over time, dirt and debris will make its way into your components causing an abrasive build up and causing wear that can cause the suspension to become less effective at absorbing impacts. This can lead to increased stress on the internal components, accelerated wear rates, and a much shorter lifespan.
Overall, a MTB suspension service can greatly improve your riding experience by providing a smoother, more controlled, and more efficient ride. By taking care of your suspension components, you can ensure that your mountain bike will perform at its best for years to come.