Fork and Frame

How to Inspect Your Fork and Frame.

Check the frame, fork, and components. If you notice that the frame or fork has any visible damage, cracks, dents, or you hear any unusual noise while riding or other problems, do not ride your bike. If at any time you notice a shimmy or wobble immediately slow down and take your bike to your local bike shop for inspection and/or repair. Carefully inspect your bike before and after each ride.

Certain types of riding significantly increase stress and abnormal wear and tear on your bike. This can include competition or stunt riding, downhill racing/riding, or jumping your bike.

Certain types of impacts can affect the components of your bike and cause them to fail unexpectedly. After any impact or crash, thoroughly inspect all the parts of your bike for damage. A crash or other impact can put extraordinary stress on the bike. An impact or high force is any situation such as hitting a hole or obstacle in the road, such as a bump or curb.

A bike is a mechanical device. Materials and mechanisms are subject to fatigue and stress. Over time, components can fail once they have exceeded their useful limits and life. Product life is often related to the kind of treatment and riding you submit your bike to. Hard and aggressive riding along with neglect will shorten the projected lifespan of your bike and its components. If not properly maintained, your bike and its components can fail to cause severe injury or death.

A shimmy or steering wobble can cause you to lose control and fall. If you experience a shimmy, slow down immediately. Take your bicycle to your dealer for inspection and repair.

Fork and Frame Inspection and Usage Considerations:

 If you are not confident in your ability to successfully and safely perform all steps, we recommend having the work performed or checked by a local, certified, and reputable bike mechanic.