Death fork? Naaaah!!
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: The other Maine, north of RT 2
Bikes: '71 Gitane Super Corsa, '73 Atala Giro d'Italia, '73 Schwinn Super Sport, '76 Viscount Aerospace Pro, '81 Miyata 710, '81 Lotus Classique, '84 Ross Signature 290s, '85 Miele Gara, '87 Miyata 512, '89 Centurion Ironman, many more
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The Tourney mechs are at the low end of the Shimano pecking order, but they do indeed work when set up right. The three bikes my wife and daughters ride have TY-30 and TY-33 Tourney groups, and they run pretty good (even the dump find I re-built).
My latest build Miyata has a Tourney front DR (only triple in the bin at the time) and after riding it for a couple of weeks I see no real need to replace it.