Fork Tube & Shock Body Hard Anodizing
Many of today's stock upside-down forks come with the aluminum outer tubes hard anodized from the factory. Unfortunately the coating on many of them is very thin. In fact, some wear through in less than 10 hours of riding. Some forks, particularly conventional right-side-up forks, come from the factory with no hard anodizing at all.
The problem is, when the hard anodizing is worn through the bushing is riding on soft aluminum. The soft aluminum creates excessive friction. It's kind of like having the soles of your shoes made out of rubber and trying to walk on slick concrete. Well, for tennis shoes you would want the higher friction of rubber, but certainly not in forks.
The Hard Anodizing we offer is very high quality making the inside of the tube slippery simply due to its hardness. Another benefit of Hard Anodizing is its excellent resistance to wear. An aluminum shock body that has been Hard Anodized will wear like steel.