Join Date: May 2005
Location: Detroit Rock City
Bikes: 1988 REI Special BananaBike
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Hi everyone - it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted about replacing the fork on my bike. I'm down to 3 choices, and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations?
For background, I'm replacing the Suntour SR fork on my 02 Hardrock. It is the cheapest Hardrock they sold that year, with entry level components. Cantilever brakes make the new fork tricky to find. I am a heavy heavy rider, at 290lbs, but don't do any drops, just some XC and Street Riding. This mountain bike gets little "mountain" use. More tooling around the neighborhood stuff. I have a Kona Dew that I cruise on now, and would like this HardRock as a backup and occasionally a trail XC bike.
I have found some decent deals on RockShox
2007 Dart3 for $140
2006 Tora318 Air for $250
2007 Reba Race Air for $360
I'm having trouble justifying the Reba. It costs about what I paid for the Hardrock! But I could swing it if that's what it takes to hold me. I have my doubts that the Dart 3 will hold me for long. The Tora has some mixed reviews, but seem common on decent-spec new bikes. Any heavier riders have experience with these forks? I want to "set it and forget it" and just ride the bike.
I'm not enjoying bottoming out the Suntour riding down the street any more. I hate to throw away this bike and buy a new one - nothing wrong with it but the fork.
Thanks for any help.