Pre-Departure (113 days): Bike suspension boots

The HPVelotechink Street Machine GTe comes with front and rear suspension as standard. I upgraded to the lighter Meks Carbon AC front shock and DT-Swiss rear airshock. While both shocks seem to be very high quality, the reality is that they are moving parts that are affected by water and dust. Therefore I’ve added shock boots (covers) to both the front and rear shocks.

Front shock
Front fork boot II / 前のサスペンションのカバー 2

Front fork boot / 前のサスペンションのカバー

Rear shock
Rear shock boot / 後ろのサスペンションのカバー

The front boot was especially tricky to get to fit correctly. I had to cut it to fit. The photo is of the nicely done side. The other side, which I did first, is a bit of a mess – but it should do the trick.

Hopefully these skinned lizards will help the suspension to last 12000km to London!

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3 thoughts on “Pre-Departure (113 days): Bike suspension boots

  • robert crichton

    Hi Rob just a wee note to wish you well in your adventures! hope you have a great easter. I am really into recumbent bikes I have 2 and about to get a third. After seeing your website the decision was made to get a bike like yours. but since im not cycling 1000s of Ks im going for the Velotechnik Grasshopper. This will be the first time i've had a bike with suspension. i hope to get some good touring runs in!

    all the best from Robert in Perth Scotland

  • Aris


    I have an old Marzocchi with the classic boots and the seemed to be doing a great job so now I am looking for something similar for my new fork.

    Have the Lizard Skins fared as expected?

  • Rob Thomson Post author

    The Lizard Skins were fantastic. No doubt they were the reason I had no issues with suspension at all for the 13,000km…