Hi, I'm thinking of upgrading the forks on my Giant 2003 NRS2. It currently has a Maintou Skareb Comp which seems pretty soft and flimsy to me and I haven't been able to locate any spring upgrade options. It also has a checkered reputation of the reverse arch cracking/failing - I watch mine for cracks and haven't noted any problems, but it's a concern. So I'm considering an upgrade - like to spend under $300 or so if this can get me a solid current-technology fork.
The Skareb uses 74mm post mounts for the Hayes disc brake caliper. From what I understand, Answer's Manitou forks and very recent Marzoochi's use this type of mount and if I get a fork with 51mm IS mounts, I'll need an adapter.
Should I endeavor to look for the "native" post mounts in my new fork or does it matter? On motorcycles, it's a big deal right now to go with "radial mounts" that more mimic the 74mm post mounts, so I'm tempted to get another Manitou XC fork - probably a R7. But I know Manitous are not particuarly well liked and I certainly don't like the one I have. I also would like to get a "clean" fork without the v-brake posts.