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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-21-09, 06:57 PM   #1
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Fork for 280lb Rider

Blew out my rockshox tora in just two rides!!!!!!!and Ideas on what i need for singletrack mountain biking?
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Old 11-21-09, 07:06 PM   #2
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Was the shock locked out or something...usually that is a pretty tough shock...did you have the 302 or 318
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Old 11-21-09, 07:08 PM   #3
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Was the shock locked out or something...usually that is a pretty tough shock...did you have the 302 or 318
302 and yes it was locked out
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Old 11-22-09, 05:36 AM   #4
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A 200 pound rider will blow a shock if it is locked out on a trail. Just like you shouldn't cross chain as it is hard on your drive train, you should never lock a shock out on a trail as it is death on your shocks, lock them on the road only if you know it is smooth. Just set the rebound and adjustments to make it stiffer, you really shouldn't lock it out. Get that one fixed and don't lock it out when you are on the trails. The Tora shock, for price performance ratio, is a very good shock. I know a few people that ride on that shock and love it. A couple weigh over 200 pounds and they provide very good feedback on it. I ride on a Fox Talas, and believe that i would blow this shock as well riding it on a single track trail locked out. But if your dead set on replacing it, fox and rock shocks make very good shocks, just go a level or two up the price chart. However, you will find if you are in a habit of locking them out on XC/single track trails you will be in the same situation. If you like the ride with the front shock locked you may just want to get a cross bike...trek, surly and few other companies make very sturdy ones.
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Old 11-23-09, 04:00 AM   #5
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Yeah I am going to ride the Tora til I completley blow it out and see when i can do. Currently i am about 270lbs on a Trek Police Bike that has been converted from road to mountain bike.....
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Old 11-23-09, 04:17 AM   #6
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Also if anyone could leand some advice on what front fork would be suitable for me please let me know. (270ish and 6 feet tall)
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Old 11-25-09, 03:50 AM   #7
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Also if anyone could leand some advice on what front fork would be suitable for me please let me know. (270ish and 6 feet tall)
Guess not!
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Old 11-25-09, 08:24 AM   #8
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Guess not!
I've got Dart 3s on my bike and I do just fine. Just don't lock out your shocks and Toras should be fine.
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I am that same weight and have been riding a Marzocchi for years w/o issue. Rock Shocks always seem to fail for me.
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I am that same weight and have been riding a Marzocchi for years w/o issue. Rock Shocks always seem to fail for me.
Which marzocchi do you ride on?
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Old 11-25-09, 12:54 PM   #11
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Which marzocchi do you ride on?
I will have to check for sure which one. It is a 2003 model... Not air, I think the EXR... but when I get home I will find out for sure
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I will have to check for sure which one. It is a 2003 model... Not air, I think the EXR... but when I get home I will find out for sure
Thank you!
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Basically any shock ridden on trails locked out will eventually go. Tora shock is a good one. 302 is spring i believe and 318 is air...might try the 318. Cant go wrong with fox shocks either...if you willing to spend some money. Marzocchi, rock shox, fox would all fit the billing. I personally do not like the Dart shocks or Suntour. Look on line for a good shock on sale...right time of year for it
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Old 11-27-09, 05:39 AM   #14
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I'm 290 and have an aversion to air shocks. I like good old metal springs. I've been riding the same Manitou X-Vert Super on my Rocky Mountain Vertex since 2000 with no problems at all. The fork has about 6000 miles on it, and has never been rebuilt. I had a Marzocchi Atom Bomb fork around the same time and I replaced the seals in it twice within 1000 miles. Currently I'm riding a Rock Shox Reba - which is air - on my Mojave 29 because I got it cheap and I don't ride my 29'er off-road; it's my commuter bike. I'm paranoid about the seals the entire time I ride it, though.
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Old 11-27-09, 02:44 PM   #15
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I will take a look at all spring no air forks! thanks guys
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Now any ideas where to start looking for a well built all spring fork? thank you for all the help
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Thank you!
Sorry it took so long, here is a pic of my fork! 2003 Marzocchi EXR
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I know the Kona Hoss had a Dirt Jumper and it was stout. I used a Dart 3 on my Rockhopper and it survived some 3 foot drops with me @300LBS. I know you can go FOX Racing Shox and be done with it!
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I swapped my suspension fork for a rigid Surly Instigator.
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I don't think I'd jump to conclusions about your fork and your weight, could have just been a messed up fork. I'm 270 and was riding at 290, I had a Tora for a good while and it was a fine fork. I had the 302 Spring fork. If you blew out the lockout the fork should still work but without any compression dampening, What exactly do you mean you blew it out?

I've got a old air duke that I put 200 lbs of air in and rode hard, it never blew. It was just about like locked out with that much pressure. That's the only air fork I've got.

If your locking out your forks because they are too soft then you need to either go with air or put heavy springs in. I wouldn't pay the extra money for lLockout its kind of useless anyway. I've got it on My fox vanilla and almost never use it. I've only got this fox becasue a friend upgraded and gave me a crazy super deal on it.
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Blew out my rockshox tora in just two rides!!!!!!!and Ideas on what i need for singletrack mountain biking?
Guys, I am sorry to ask, but did anyone of you bothered to ask the manufacture itself?
Why am I asking this? It is since I had the same problem with a Tora Solo Air 100mm fork. The bottom line? Tora is not for me (I am 320lbs.).
I sent an email to Fox and their answer was that they should be OK as long as I do not put more then 200psi into the fork and it would better be with the 15/20 (on the 36 series) QTR.
I got the F 32 RL fork from fox and until now it is working just fine.

In general there is a problem to use a coil fork for us. Ask Rock Shox and they will tell you it is a waste of time... simply does not fit.

So the best thing - email the manufacture, ask them... don't make assumptions.
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Old 12-05-09, 12:04 AM   #22
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Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 2 on my singletrack bike.

100mm travel
Steel steer tube
Steel Stanchions
No lockout, but as stiff as you wanna make it.

Very happy with the fork... not so happy with its weight... but the DJ1 looks to be quite a bit lighter.
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Old 12-05-09, 01:31 PM   #23
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I run a tora 318 soloair on my 29er karate monkey... i'm 300#... i LOVE it... i like the progressive spring of air... i removed my "lock out" cap because trees kept snagging it and locking it out on me... it's a dirt only toy so don't need it and I can still twist it with a little effort if needed

recently I learned that i'm using it well above the "sram" sepcified OK PSI (which i still have yet to find documentation of)... no probs still
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