This bike has drum brakes at the back, correct?
If so, ignore most of my earlier post which refers to disc brakes: sorry, my mis-understanding!
For the drum brakes, the shoes will "bite" and wear a bit more where the brake shoes make first contact with the drums, but it is the brake liners that should be "doing the work" of the braking effort and not bear metal on bare metal. I suggest you ensure that this is the case, and that everything is installed correctly and is cleaned.
For the forks, you really need a workshop manual to check for what is specified for your particular bike. If you can't get one then you would need to get a professional to ensure that the forks are operating OK.
There are loads of threads in here about setting up forks (do a search in this HUBB for the key words of interest), but you need the information/data for your particular bike.
Alternatively, maybe someone will post the relevant information for your forks in here?!
Last edited by Walkabout; 4 Sep 2007 at 22:40.