Mountain Biking - Which Fork?
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05-19-05, 10:38 PM
Hi all, I am picking up my new Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc on monday and I have a question about forks. I have heard the fork tha comes stock with the bike(Marzocchi MZ comp,100mm) isint that great. If I should get a new fork, what would you recommend for a 105 pounder who does some cross county and a lot of urban riding and the occasional dj park?( im only 14) Currently I have been looking into the Marzocchi Dirt Jump line.
Any help will be appreciated!
05-19-05, 10:51 PM
DJ line isn't effective for trails riding. But for the budget you are hinting at it is likely best(I like the getting strongest first, effective second)...ideally the z150/z1 is the best fork for the all round use you are describing :)
05-19-05, 10:54 PM
I think the forks that you were talking about(z150/z1) are 130mm. Wont that mess up the geometry?
05-19-05, 10:58 PM
z150 is 6in but you can drop the travel. And no the 130mm wouldn't mess up the ride that much. But then again personally I prefer longer travel forks.
Perhaps you should ride the stock fork first before jumping into such an important upgrade. No offence but 105 is fairly light so its not like youll be stessing the fork out to much.
05-19-05, 10:59 PM
What is the price on the Z150?
eDIT: yes I will be riding the stock fork for quite a whil beofre upgrading, just asking this stuff in advance.
05-19-05, 11:00 PM
Troie is correct, I wouldn't worry about until you start abusing the bike.
z150 is...600american I think. Not sure I havent priced one in a while
05-19-05, 11:20 PM
Thats around what they went for new. They dont make em anymore. I got mine used for 345.
Before my hardrock was stolen, I had a Marzocchi Z1 on it. I loved it. I think 130mm is perfect for the hardrock.
I recommend the fox vanilla fork too. It has QR dropouts so you wont need to get a new hub or wheel, and it has lockout for xc, and a low speed compression adjustment.
05-20-05, 12:17 AM
z150 is still made. They just call it a z1. All of the z1's can be internally adjusted from 130 to 150 and visa versa. In reality it is the z1 that is no longer made. And really, they are the same fork with different travel settings :)
05-20-05, 12:24 AM
I think of the Z150 as a different fork than the Z1 FR1. It has Steel stanchions, as opposed to the Z1's aluminum ones and ti nitrite coated stanchions. It is alot heavier.
I think of the Z1 and the Z1 FR1 as the same thing.
How do you change the travel? I wouldnt mind knocking down the travel on mine 130 sometimes. I thought the only way was to swap cartdriges.
05-20-05, 12:48 AM
2004 z150 was steel. yes the weights are different but functionally the z150 and z1fr are virtually identical :) In the end the z1, z150 and z1fr1 and z1fr2 are all very very similar. But the z1 was discontinued to create the z150 as a permanent option in the z1fr1 :)
Its a small bumper inside you flip to drop the travel. There was quite a bit of talk on ridemonkey about how to do it.
There you go.
05-20-05, 01:02 AM
Just read through it and it looks like I cant change travel because I have the ETA cartridge.
05-20-05, 01:07 AM
Bummer. Yeah I keep meaning to remove mine. But really you are just changing to another spring. Not an expensive switch at all.
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