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Fork Oil Selection Charts

Fork Oil Selection Charts

 Shockcraft  13 February 2020 11:32:23 am NZDT
The choice in fork oils is mind boggling. Even one oil brand can have many choices.  We've developed simple charts to help you select the correct one for your fork, your terrain, climate and riding.Read More
Spring Rate Calculators

Spring Rate Calculators

 Shockcraft  30 June 2019 12:00:58 pm NZST
We've just launched two new spring rate calculators.  Both calculators are frequency based and operate in a different way to other spring calculators.Read More
Model Specific Fixed Price Service, Upgrades & Tuning

Model Specific Fixed Price Service, Upgrades & Tuning

 Shockcraft  15 May 2019 2:02:49 pm NZST
Find your fork in our Model Specific listings.  It's quick, easy and gives you all the info from identification through fluids, service and upgrades, whether you want to DIY service or book it in with us for the full treatment.

We've completed the Manitou Mattoc series, Dorado family plus Rockshox Pike, Lyrik, Yari and BoXXer.

Just added Fox 36, starting with current models and working back.Read More
What Exactly Is Suspension Service?

What Exactly Is Suspension Service?

 Shockcraft  15 May 2019 11:54:06 am NZST
The best analogy for bike suspension service is getting your car serviced.  The mechanics and techs change the oil, check or change other fluids (coolant, transmission) and any filters or seals which are due.

Your bike suspension is pretty much the same and service is done for exactly the same reasons.  Read on for details on why service is important, types of service & how to know when it's due.Read More
1 Page Suspension Setup Guide

1 Page Suspension Setup Guide

 Shockcraft  17 August 2018 11:02:52 am NZST

We've combined and condensed our suspension setup series into a simple (2 sided) A4 setup sheet. This works through in a simple sequence to give you a good starting setup with a few simple car-park tests.

Take a look & let us know how it goes:

Shockcraft 1 Page Suspension Setup Guide

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Luftkappes, Bike of the Month & HSC Tuning

 Shockcraft  14 November 2017 2:54:58 pm NZDT

Vorsprung Luftkappes & Corsets are now available direct from Shockcraft.  Further details available here.

Also in this issue:
•   Bike of the Month
•   6710 bearings back in stock
•   Faux Flange Adapters for Fox shocks
•   Tuning High Speed Compression (HSC) Damping

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DVC, Bike of the Month & How to Tune LSC

 Shockcraft  27 October 2017 12:26:16 pm NZDT

We are stoked to announce Shockcraft will be the exclusive NZ agent for SD Components and will soon have the full DVC range in stock.

Also in this issue:
•   Bike of the Month
•   Now We Are 4
•   Tuning Low Speed Compression (LSC) Damping
•   Manitou Mattoc Boost 160-170 mm

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How to Tune Rebound Damping & Bike of the Month

 Shockcraft  6 October 2017 12:14:55 pm NZDT

Continuing our suspension setup series, this month we take you through tuning of your suspension rebound damping.

Also in this issue:
•   Carbon Corrosion
•   Bike of the Month

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Volume Spacers, Bike of the Month & Pike Matrix Tune Review

 Shockcraft  6 July 2017 8:10:23 pm NZST

This month we have Dougal's explanation of how and when to use volume spacers in suspension.

Also in this issue:
•   Review of our Pike Matrix Tune
•   Bike of the Month - June 2017
•   New Shockcraft Office & Workshop

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Cane Creek Service, Suspension Setup & Dropper Post Faults

 Shockcraft  30 May 2017 1:54:51 pm NZST

Learn something useful and check out our articles on suspension setup and what can go wrong with your dropper post.

Also in this issue:
•   Cane Creek genuine parts for service
•   Bike of the Month - May 2017

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Custom Built Forks, Free Local Delivery & Manitou Cable Routing

 Shockcraft  12 May 2017 10:40:32 am NZST

If you can't find the fork to fit your bike then we can help. We can custom build forks for difficult combinations of wheel, steerer & axle size.

Also in this issue:
•   Free order drop-off for Alexandra-Clyde customers
•   Manitou cable routing - the right way

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Post-Motatapu Bike Checks, Bike of the Month & Magnum Pro Review

 Shockcraft  10 March 2017 3:19:42 pm NZDT

We have tips for your Motatapu post-race bike checks along with the March Bike of the Month - TheRodFather's Santa Cruz Hightower with Manitou Magnum Pro forks & Manitou McLeod rear shock.

Also in this issue:
•   Christchurch Adventure Park
•   Manitou Magnum Pro Review
•   Shockingly Good - an engineer's take on suspension

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Suspension Fluids Part 3, Bike of the Month & Manitou McLeod Review

 Shockcraft  15 December 2016 10:34:11 am NZDT

Check out the third part of our series on suspension fluids, with information on mineral oils vs synthetics.

Also in this issue:
•   Christmas Hours
•   Bike of the Month - December (& November) 2016
•   Spoke Magazine reviews the Manitou McLeod
•   Slickoleum - simply awesome grease
•   New Headset Bearings

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Suspension Fluids Part 2 (Lubrication) & Bike of the Month

 Shockcraft  28 October 2016 9:28:56 am NZDT

Check out the second part of our series on suspension fluids, with information on selecting the right lubricant for your forks.

Also in this issue:
•   Bike of the Month - October (& September) 2016
•   Meg Bichard - More Podium Finishes
•   New Transition, Trek & Santa Cruz Bearing Kits 

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Suspension Fluids, Mattoc Pro 2 & Bike of the Month

 Shockcraft  22 August 2016 2:45:38 pm NZST

In this issue we have the first part of our series on suspension fluids, with a guide to oil viscosity & classification.

Also in this issue:
•   Mattoc Pro 2 Pre-orders
•   Bike of the Month - August 2016
•   Faux Flo Air Sleeve kits IN STOCK NOW!
•   New Manitou Machete (Boost)

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Bike of the Month, Manitou NOS & Off-Season Maintenance

 Shockcraft  27 May 2016 4:22:40 pm NZST

In this issue:

•   Bike of the Month - May 2016
•   Off-season Maintenance
•   Manitou New-Old-Stock

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