break in. During this break-in period, the grease that clogs the AER’s
air bypass dent dissolves. The fork
oil goes through several heat cycles
and gets thinner. The interface parts
(seals, bushings and band) free up.
Suddenly, after a couple hours of
break-in, the forks transform themselves into better forks.
Lots of racers send their forks and
shocks out to get them re-valved
after the first ride. This is wrong.
Never send your forks to get them
re-valved until after they have been
broken in. There are two reasons
for this: (1) Once they are broken
in, you may find that your forks
(Showa, Kayaba or WP) are much
better than you thought. ( 2) Before
re-valving your forks, you should get
an accurate read on what they feel
like, because re-valved forks aren’t
always better than the stockers. It’s
in your best interest to know what
the stockers feel like for comparison.
What you may not realize is that
the same break-in regimen applies
to your new bike’s rear shock. ❏