Fox Transfer dropper post service – with pictures
We really rate the Fox Transfer dropper post here at North East Cycleworks. It’s true enough that the Reverb is still the most commonly seen post through the workshop here in Gateshead, but that might not just be because there’s more of them out there, if you know what I mean.
It’s a cable operated post that locks in place using a hydraulic system inside the post which eliminates a lot of the issues that people have with the hydraulic remotes found in Rock Shox Reverbs. Above you can see the bottom of the post which is where the remote cable sits in a cradle that gets pulled by the remote.
The service kit for the Transfer post is comprehensive and includes replacements for all of the seals inside the post including the dust seal as well as both of the bushings inside the post that keep things sliding smoothly and feeling tight.
These are some of the tools that we use to service the Fox Transfer. They are mind bendingly expensive for what they are but you can’t do the service without them so you got to pay the man. The full service kit will run you over £800 so it really prohibits at home servicing which is one downside for those that like to have a go at stuff themselves.
We make sure that when we take any suspension unit or seat post apart, that every part is cleaned then inspected for wear and damage. It’s important to remove things like old Loctite as it can prevent important parts from working or sealing as they should.
We use the awesome Knipex Pliers Wrench all day every day in the services that we carry out. They are part plier, part adjustable spanner and they are simply unbeatable for use in busy operations where a traditional adjustable spanner would slow things down too much. You can adjust these to fit the size you need with one hand and the jaws are perfect for gripping all flats that are found all over jobs like these.
You can see the grime and wear on the old bushing that is being pulled out of the seat post here. It’s worth keeping on top of your seat post servicing to avoid failures whilst out riding and a good way to do that is to keep an eye out for any play or looseness that would indicate that these parts are wearing and a service is due. We would generally recommend following the manufacturer’s guidelines on service intervals which in the case of the Fox Transfer is every 125 hours of use or yearly, whichever comes first.
You can see the keyways here in the outer tube of the seat post. These accept brass keys which sit on the outside of the inner tube and they stop the post twisting around. It’s a simple solution and it clearly works. If you’ve seen Wayne’s World you’ll remember that Garth didn’t want to do much twisting around when he had some brass keys in him so it’s clearly a universal solution.
This is the part of the post that the brass keys sit in. We hold them in place with a bit of Slick Honey which helps keep things moving smoothly too.
I’m pretty sure that our model is using the smallest measuring jug we’ve got to make their hands look bigger in this photo, or is it for ease of pouring? Not sure. Anyway, we’re filling up the post with Fox original oil as recommended.
The final stage of the Fox Transfer service is to use this tool to force the new bushing and then the new dust seal into the lower part of the post. It’s a pretty neat solution that gets the job done. Following this the post is cleaned in our parts washer and we test functionality and feel of the post.
There are loads of photos that we’ve not shown here, this is more of a highlight of the best looking bits of a Fox Transfer service and a photo of Garth from Wayne’s World. Working on the assumption that almost nobody is going to pay more than twice what their post cost to buy the tools to service it we didn’t think it was worth doing a how-to on this particular item.