Mountain Biking - how hard can you ride this fork?
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04-11-05, 02:01 PM
Hi. I'm new to mt biking and got an entry level ride with an RTS fork. I know its on the low end and to be honest, I'm probably not going to be doing much rough riding on it anyway until I get more experience/cash. Anyway, just wanted to know from others who might have personal experience just how much abuse this thing will take. For now I'm just riding light trails but and assuming it will be OK for that. But has anybody ever broke one of these things, and if so how much punishment did you have to give it before it broke? Just curious.
04-11-05, 02:04 PM
Not very hard.
04-11-05, 02:17 PM
Light trails...yes, anthing bigger...no. I blew the springs on my crappy bike with an RST fork, now its a rigid. :D
04-11-05, 02:18 PM
I just don't understand this line of thinking. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it's crap.
That RST fork albeit pretty much low end is exactly the same basic fork that many of us who've been riding for longer than 10 years had as a TOP OF THE LINE fork back "in da day".
It'll last! It's just NOT going to perform like a $500 fork.- DUH!
If you jump off a 10' drop will you break the fork? Probably!
Are you going to drop 10' with the bike that this fork is mounted on? Probably NOT!
It's an inexpensive fork, but it's not going to self destruct!
Go Ride, Have Fun, Replace it when it dies!
04-11-05, 02:29 PM
cool...thx for the good advice. One thing though, when a fork like that blows out, is kind of like a sudden catastrophic failure that send you over the handlebars, or is it more forgiving where you can ride out of it?
04-11-05, 02:35 PM
You never know. That's what makes mountain biking exciting. You could hit a small little root and your frame could snap!!!
Generally though, with forks. If you bend then stanctions (the shiny parts that slide inside the lowers) they will lock up and stop working.
I have seen brake arches fail (break) and the bike gets squirrly instantly but still controllable.
I've also seen where the fork compresses and then stays compressed.
I've seen guys case a jump and snap their forks (even $500 ones).
It all depends on what you're doing.
04-11-05, 03:49 PM
I'll echo what a2 said. Cheap isn't always complete crap. RST will get you by. Shoot, as a young rookie a long while back, I made it through an xterra with an RST fork. Towards the end it did get stuck compressed though. Well, I still had the same fun as with a 300 dollar Manitou.
Get out there and ride, enjoy it. You don't want to get discouraged because you're told you've got crap parts. Just more of the reason to put more (ab)use on them!
If youve got the t4 capa/gila its not too strong but will handle xc. If youve got the t5 capa/gila its a bit stronger and will handle xc/trails there are a couple of rst threads in here re service, not that theres much to service, just use the search function. Enjoy!
04-11-05, 05:55 PM
Just don't pull a "Bender" on us & you'll be alright....
I owned the RST 600 back in 1995. It was the top rated fork in it's day. I abused it until it started leaking oil, then I wrote RST. They sent me a rebuild kit containing new seals. I wore it out again, then replaced it with a Mag 21. (I'm tellin' my age here Folk's)
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