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Blue Pig
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... get your rear shock serviced?

I have a Manitou Radium RL and it makes a suction noise when sitting on and off the saddle. Now, this is my first air shock, so, I don't know if it needs oil or even uses oil? I have not been able to use it for awhile so it's been sitting on my shelf for about, 6 months.

Get it served or not to get it serviced? :confused:
 

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Blue Pig
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It's 190, came with the frame I am building up. After working it, it's starting to lose the noise. Could it be that it had to be warmed up since it has not been in use for quite some time?
 

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Sounds like some air has gotten in to the oil. You can rebuild it, but you can replace the shock for about what it would cost to rebuild it:

Some of the cheaper options would be:

http://www.bikewagon.com/Forks-Head...ear-Shocks/10-Manitou-Radium-RL-p9459481.html

http://www.bikewagon.com/Forks-Head...ar-Shocks/10-Manitou-S-Type-SRL-p9459478.html

http://www.bikewagon.com/Forks-Head...ear-Shocks/10-Manitou-ISX-1-Air-p9459473.html

http://www.ebikestop.com/rockshox_bar_201_rear_shock_190_x_50mm-RS-8449.php

Dont replace the shock just because I said it may have air in the oil though. With out hearing the noise in person, Its hard to give a proper diagnosis.
 

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I will most likely take it in and the Sektor I got earlier this week to be serviced just to be on the safe side before spring really sets in and I set out.

I will check those links though. Thanks, again, Mullen!

After checking the first link... I guess I over paid. I paid $153 or so last year and bike wagon wants, $100. lol, damn it. I think I'm gonna steer clear of Manitou and continue with Rockshox.
 

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I love Manitou forks, they are some of the best I have used..... I have been pretty disappointed with the rear air shocks I have used. I have heard great things about there coil shocks though. My point about getting a new rear shock rather then rebuilding yours is that you can sometimes find rear shocks for less the cost of a rebuild if you look around. I found a rock shox monarch for my bike for 90 bucks.
 

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Well, the noise has settled. I am going to blame the cold air and it not being able to get some exercise for awhile. I'm just gonna use it till it can't be used any longer then switch to a Rockshox Monarch. Ty for baring with me, Mullen!
 
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