Posted on April 01 2021
It blows us away that it has taken this long for a product like Stanchion Wrap to come to fruition. It solves so many problems that we see on a daily basis, problems that affect the modern-day suspension systems. Problems including rock strikes, stiction, bushing wear, blown seals, and just plain boring stanchion colors. The Stanchion Wrap product effectively removes every one of those issues and the likelihood of them happening, and it's just a tiny investment that protects and performs way beyond its relatively tiny price tag.
What is it?
Stanchion Wrap's motto is simple. "It's better to look good than feel good, but it's good to have both". Stanchion Wrap is effectively a protective layer that sits over the fork or shock's stanchion and is applied directly over the top. It's 0.6 micrometers thick (yep, that's, 0.0006 of a millimeter), making it so thin that it allows for zero impact to the fork's functionality. At the same time, it enhances the fork or shocks performance due to the protective film actually having a lower friction rating than the cheaper black and silver finishes found on many suspension systems. From a friction point of view, only Fox's Kashima tested mildly better than the same fork that was then tested with the popular purple hologram graphic applied. In that test, they tested an MY21 Fox Factory fork and noted that "The performance loss that was revealed in testing by our dyno between Kashima and hologram purple, was so marginal that it was deemed 'not relevant". With that in mind, and the killer looks and added protection provided by the hologram purple Stanchion Wrap, 11 out of 10 real-world riders said they would happily take the extra friction, shiny looks, and added protection any day of the week. Just when you may have thought it couldn't get any better? Well, Stanchion Wrap also provides a 60% increase in rock-strike protection, with its ultra-hard but thin impermeable layer. It's also easy to remove and replace just in case 'shit happens'.
How does it work?
How does it Install?
Stanchion Wrap comes in several color options and the range is growing fast. They intend to bring out a wild array of patterns and custom color and custom graphics options in the very near future. It sounds awesome, especially cool if you can get your partner's face, your dog, or your sponsor's logo printed and applied to your fork's stanchion! You'll be able to slide up and down with your partner all day long, with the peace of mind of added protection. The options are endless, and with the ultra-thin film protective coating, we are looking forward to seeing modern suspension systems last way beyond their intended lifespan without ever needing service!
- Colour - 12 options available. More to come
- Thickness - 0.6 micrometers, just 0.0006 of an mm thick.
- Wear: Each application can last up to 20,000hrs use. but more likely 20 seconds.
- Length - Available for all forks except Boxxer/Fox 40 due to material restrictions.
- Width - 120mm, to suit applications up to Fox 38 and Rockhox Zeb!
- Weight - Nil.
- Size - Sold in sheets, the user cuts to size using an online template.
- Price - $19.95 per sheet. 1 sheet is enough for 1 fork, with leftover for rear shocks.
- Availability - Late April 2021