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I've always ran lizard skins on my fork sanction tubes to protect them and they've always worked good for me but I'm wondering why I see less and less of them on other peoples bikes. They're even getting hard to find in a bike shop.

It seems to me with more and more riders riding skate parks and urban stuff the potential to scratch your sanctions is higher than ever so they should be peaking in popularity. Are they becoming less popular cuz they might hold dirt/grime against the sanctions and trap in there? Could this result in damaged seals??? I'm building up a new bike and I'm planning to put them on but I'd like some other opinions.
 

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Fork seals are so good that the skins aren't needed (on the fork), and like Shibby noted, they hold dirt against the stanchions.

I use a L.S. shock boot since it's held back by the shocks spring, and I use them to help keep the dirt out of cheaper headsets..
 

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On my cheap headsets, I used to just cut out a piece of an old inner tube (to get a ring) and slid it around the headset. Of course, you have to take the fork off to do this, but on a single-crown, that's like 5 minutes work.
 

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I realize the shock seals work well and there are other/better ways to keep your headset clean but doesn't anyone want em to protect against sanction scratches? That's the main reason why I've always used em. It seems like everytime one crashes on a urban ride the sanctions are in jeopardy...if you drop it on a curb the right way you could scratch em pretty good. Do I just have this way overrated as a concern? I ride maybe 50/50 trail/street.
 

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dandurston said:
I realize the shock seals work well and there are other/better ways to keep your headset clean but doesn't anyone want em to protect against sanction scratches? That's the main reason why I've always used em. It seems like everytime one crashes on a urban ride the sanctions are in jeopardy...if you drop it on a curb the right way you could scratch em pretty good. Do I just have this way overrated as a concern? I ride maybe 50/50 trail/street.
as said they hold dirt and grime wich has a better possiblity of scratching your stanctions.

id rather scratch it on cement. usualy when you drop your bike they or outa danger any way cuz your handel bars, pedals or tries hit first. you have a better chance busting up your disc breaks.
 

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im not

dandurston said:
Ok guys...I'm gonna try my new bike without em but if the sanctions on my new Marz Z1 FR1 get destroyed I'm comin after all of you.
im not telling you not to use them. that your own choice. but i have never used any sorta stantion protection on any of my forks and havent scratched them.
 

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I use them on my XC bike with a Black Elite, so my bike is completely black. People just don't realize they need to be prepped to work right. Put them on and then rub either petroleum jelly or vaseline into them. They become impenatrable. Just make sure to clean them out every other dirty ride or so.
 

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Nice!.. too bad this is the only kind of contest I seem to ever win...
 

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NRTH SHORE said:
as said they hold dirt and grime wich has a better possiblity of scratching your stanctions.

id rather scratch it on cement. usualy when you drop your bike they or outa danger any way cuz your handel bars, pedals or tries hit first. you have a better chance busting up your disc breaks.
lol, i knowthis gets you pissed off, but-

that's why i only run one! and there's no derailleur to get smashed off either :p !
 
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