Update May 30 2020
I’m approaching owning my SR for two years. My bike’s ‘anniversary‘ is June 13th. I’m about 30 miles shy of 4000 miles at this point. Keep in mind none of that is for commuting, it’s just been recreational fun rides. I’m really fortunate to live in an area where I can ride every day in a wide variety of terrains and surfaces. I do ride in the rain, but not too much in mud or sand.
I service my rear shock linkage bearings every 800 miles. I know if I rode in heavy sand and mud I would service them much more often. After coming out of winter I was pleased that my bearings were in good shape! Still full of grease, very little dirt or corrosion. I use a garage sale ultrasonic cleaner a pal picked up for me for 2.00 to clean my bearings and other small parts.
I was using kerosene, but have switched to Simple Green full strength. Just a personal preference. I dry off the bushings and bearings and then use my air compressor to blow out the rest. Once that’s done I use Park brand grease on all of the bearing and bushing surfaces. This whole process takes all of an hour which is nothing compared to my ICE bike days!
I make it a habit of marking my nuts and bolts with a paint marker. This way I can visually tell if the fasteners have begun to back out before a ride. An old racing habit, but it’s just protocol for me now.
July 1 2019
Perhaps the only facet of the Sur Ron that I feel is underdone is the headset. When I changed my forks over to Dorado’s from RSTs I decided it would be a good time to upgrade to the Cane Creek headset. I really appreciate that the Cane Creeks are made in the States by fellas that live here. Plus they are just plain good.
I’ve done loads of work on motorcycles and bicycles, but had never replaced or removed a headset on either. So I was just a bit nervous. After talking to several individuals I decided to buy the right tools for the job. Most I will never use again, but I always believe in using the right tool for the right job. Here are the tools I felt I needed to replace the headset:
- Extra headset spacers. To compensate for the stem height difference between the RST and the Dorados.
- Headtube cutting guide. To cut the steering stem to the length I wanted. I can definitely use this later to cut any round tubing.
- Star Nut Driver. EVERYONE I spoke to said this is a must have. Driving the new star nut STRAIGHT into the new steering stem isn’t easy without this.
- Headset Bearing cup removal tool. You can use a punch or screwdriver, up to you.
- Headset Cup Press Set, Bottom Bracket Install Tool. Some use threaded rod and washers. I bought this since it is inexpensive and would prevent me from sourcing the items I would need to build it.
A view from below of the Cane Creek bottom headset cup.
The top Cane Creek headset cup and bearing cover.
Remember NONE of the above is absolutely necessary. I just like to keep my cussing to a bare minimum by using the right tool for the right job.
Here is a great headset installation video made by one of the guys at Luna Cycle where I bought the Cane Creek headset I installed. I highly recommend this headset. It’s made in the USA. Lots of folks buy Hope products. They’re good but just because they’re made by white folks in the UK to me doesn’t mean they’re NOT imports. Most folks seem to feel that stuff made in Europe aren’t imports…bullshit. In the installation video Jason is not using a star nut tool because he’s reusing the same forks. If you’re changing forks, you need a new star nut. There’s also no need to remove the bottom bearing race from the RST forks if you’re not reinstalling those forks.
Rear shock linkage bearings
The shock linkage, needle bearings, bushings and nylon shims. I recommend that these be inspected and regreased about every 1k miles depending on your conditions
Update August 21 2019
My new friend Tore at Varg Trading sent me the newest Sur Ron installation guide for their new tapered bearing headset. You can view that video tutorial below: