Mountain Biking - The nicer one's gotta wait a couple months. :( What fork on a budget(new or used)?
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I was planning to buy a frame, fork, and disk brakes to build a much nicer bike using the rest of the parts from my current bike. A financial thing came up and that's gonna have to wait a couple months while I re-save.
What fork would you recommend I look for for ~$100, new or used? I'm only ~150lbs and don't plan on doing anything bigger than ~4' drop-offs with pretty smooth landings built into the hill. It would be a Big plus if it could take the XTR V-brakes that I'm currently using.
05-23-11, 08:05 PM
What kind of frame is it going on and how much travel do you want? I'm assuming with that budget you're looking at coil?
It's going on a mid-90s frame. The bike originally had a suspension or rigid fork version. I've got the rigid, but I'm pretty sure the frames were the same geometry-wise. I've been using a Manitou suspension fork from ~2000 that's an 80mm fork. The actual travel seems to measure ~75mm. Handling is perfectly fine with that fork. It's completely worn out, though, and the inners of the fork have a pretty good wiggle within the outers. Ideally I'd like to stick with an 80mm fork, but 100mm would probably be alright too, I think.
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