Fork experts seem to agree that the rubber tubes do more harm than good. The common critique is that the rubber tubes keep moisture, dirt and grime traped. By that they actually accelerate the wear of seals and stanchions.Nikhil42 said:Whatever happened to those scrunchy rubber tubes that used to go over the top part of forks? You used to see them all the time, and now it's like they've vanished. Weren't they useful at protecting the tubes and keeping dust out of the inner workings?