What’s wrong with my Reverb?

I recently got a broken reverb from my friend.
He said that it had had some sag and finally it totally collapsed.
I of course was interested if it could be fixed.

The post could be compressed by hand and did not hold the position.

First I noticed that it was lacking almost all of the pressure.

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Checking the bearings on Specialized Hi-Lo hubs

I have reused the original hubs from my 2011 Specialized Enduro Comp as rebuilt wheels with SixPack Racing spokes (double butted, 2-1.8-2mm) and Stans Flow Mk3 rims.

I thought that the bearings could be smoother and decided to take apart the hubs and check what kind of bearings they have.

1st step was naturally to take off the brake disc to prevent any contamination. Continue reading “Checking the bearings on Specialized Hi-Lo hubs”

Reducing sag on Reverb Stealth

Has your Reverb Stealth developed sag?
You don’t dare to use your Reverb in the winter in fear of the sag and expensive rebuild?

About 20mm of sag after riding an hour in -17C

Fear not, the sag does necessarily mean full rebuild, as it can easily be reduced with fork oil level tool (and few open end wrenches).

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RockShox Reverb rebuild (without Reverb bleed tools)

I have a 125mm RockShox Reverb (A1) in my Enduro bike. The bike was bought second hand and the Reverb had some sag and extended easily if bike was lifted from the saddle. So it was clearly in need for full rebuild but I was lazy and kept riding as it still mostly worked.

Then came winter weather with -10 degrees C, which was enough for the Reverb in its current condition and it didn’t stay up anymore. At home I took it from the bike and it had leaked oil (or something similar but more gooey) under it, no use trying to fix it by pumping more air.

Oil / slime on the bottom of the post
Oil / slime on the bottom of the post
the foam washer had also given up
the foam washer had also given up
Leaked internal seal head and slimy IFP
Leaked internal seal head and slimy IFP

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