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Replace or rebuild Rock Shox Quadra

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Hi,

My beloved, unbreakable, 1996 Trek 8000 hardtail has served me well and
I I hope to keep riding it for many more years. However, it has the
original Rock Shox Quadra Q21R fork, which after a lot of years of use,
has become pretty much bone-jarringly useless. The owners manual
indictates that the shock uses elastomers, which I assume have simply
become hardened/compressed over the years. I asked the guy at my LBS
if it would be possible to rebuild the shock and what it would cost,
and he responded by flipping through some books, looking confused, and
promising to call me with an answer (which he never did). My questions
are:

1. Is it possible/worth it to rebuild this shock (and can I do it
myself or will a LBS have to do the job)?

-AND-

2. If not, what shock would serve as a workable replacement for this
one (i.e. compatible with my bike and won't break the bank)? I'm pretty
easy about doing either -- whichever is simpler and will serve me
better in the long run.

I have PDF versions of the original service and owners manuals for my
Rock Shox Quadra for reference if anyone needs them to render an
opinion.


Thanks!
post #2 of 4
Thread Starter 

Re: Replace or rebuild Rock Shox Quadra

Addendum:

I see in the owner's manual that my particular shock may have a series
of springs, not elastomers. Same principle, different part. Repeated
compression + time = no go.
post #3 of 4

Re: Replace or rebuild Rock Shox Quadra

Nashbar just got a bunch of that same shock NOS! Clearance for $99.

http://tinyurl.com/cxqfp

Might be easier and in the end better than trying to salvage an old
one.

just my .02

-n
post #4 of 4

Re: Replace or rebuild Rock Shox Quadra

Quote:
Originally Posted by jalexthomas@gmail.com View Post
Hi,

My beloved, unbreakable, 1996 Trek 8000 hardtail has served me well and
I I hope to keep riding it for many more years. However, it has the
original Rock Shox Quadra Q21R fork, which after a lot of years of use,
has become pretty much bone-jarringly useless. The owners manual
indictates that the shock uses elastomers, which I assume have simply
become hardened/compressed over the years. I asked the guy at my LBS
if it would be possible to rebuild the shock and what it would cost,
and he responded by flipping through some books, looking confused, and
promising to call me with an answer (which he never did). My questions
are:

1. Is it possible/worth it to rebuild this shock (and can I do it
myself or will a LBS have to do the job)?

-AND-

2. If not, what shock would serve as a workable replacement for this
one (i.e. compatible with my bike and won't break the bank)? I'm pretty
easy about doing either -- whichever is simpler and will serve me
better in the long run.

I have PDF versions of the original service and owners manuals for my
Rock Shox Quadra for reference if anyone needs them to render an
opinion.


Thanks!
Some cheap fixes I tried when my elastomers wore out and you can't wait for replacement parts to arrive.
Elastomer replacements:
firm= synthetic wine corks
medium = one inch cylindrical rubber stoppers
soft= dollar store flip flops cut with a one inch hole drill bit, compressed and then taped into cylinder that resembled a role of quarters.
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