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Old 10-26-13, 07:54 AM   #1
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Hybrid forks

I have a Claud Butler ravana, worth around 100 so worth keeping in my opinion.

I replaced all the drivetrain last year but never did the forks!

Firstly, I'm not sure where to measure from, how much to spend on forks, and whether to move away from the stock suntour forks it came with.

Can I have a bit of guidance?

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Old 10-26-13, 08:35 AM   #2
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What are your needs and riding plans?
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Old 10-26-13, 08:27 PM   #3
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decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I prefer a 700c hybrid with steel forks. suspension belongs on a mountain bike.
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Old 10-27-13, 08:06 AM   #4
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What are your needs and riding plans?
Generally on road but only because my forks aren't upto going off. I still want suspension forks regardless as it gives me a bit of flexibility, and I'm willing to pay enough for them to be adjusted to not giving any rebound
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Old 10-27-13, 08:10 AM   #5
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decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I prefer a 700c hybrid with steel forks. suspension belongs on a mountain bike.
What does this 700c refer to? Google just that and it comes up with a plethora of items. Is this the general code for a hybrid setup?
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Old 10-27-13, 02:30 PM   #6
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I'm not sure where to measure from
Forks crown race seat to the axle center-line in the lower end, (include some sag for rider's weight ,

if a suspension fork and the rake/offset from the steering Axis.

steerer tube length and diameter and Type on the upper end.
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Old 10-27-13, 02:49 PM   #7
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I have a Claud Butler ravana
This is a mountain bike (Google searching Claud Butler only bring back info for 26" MTB's like this http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...18784#features), so not quite sure why you are posting in a Hybrid forum.

Your bike is a good entry level MTB, and being realistic, it is most often more cost effective with a bike like this to replace the complete bike, rather than upgrading, this is especially so in the cast of suspension. A basic set of suspension forks, say Suntour XCR's will cost over half the value of your bike, if you want a 'good' set of forks, they will cost at least the value of your bike, if not 2-3x the value of your bike.

If you are going to look for a replacement, you need to look at the steerer diameter (Should be 1 1/18th"), length & travel, your bike has a 63mm travel fork, this is very short travel, only manufactures like Suntour support this now.

Unless you have tools, this is normally a job for a LBS, although would look for a general LBS, rather than a specialist one.
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700c is a wheel size, the standard diameter wheel used on most road bikes and many road oriented hybrids. mountain bikes traditionally used 26" wheels, as do cruisers and many fatter tire hybrids. to complicate things, many newer mountain bikes are using '29er' wheels, which are really fat tire 700c.

700c is ETRI/ISO size 622, while "26 inch" is 559, these numbers are the actual rim diameters in millimeters, measured at the seat of the tire bead.
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Old 10-28-13, 03:17 AM   #9
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This is a mountain bike (Google searching Claud Butler only bring back info for 26" MTB's like this http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...18784#features), so not quite sure why you are posting in a Hybrid forum.

Your bike is a good entry level MTB, and being realistic, it is most often more cost effective with a bike like this to replace the complete bike, rather than upgrading, this is especially so in the cast of suspension. A basic set of suspension forks, say Suntour XCR's will cost over half the value of your bike, if you want a 'good' set of forks, they will cost at least the value of your bike, if not 2-3x the value of your bike.

If you are going to look for a replacement, you need to look at the steerer diameter (Should be 1 1/18th"), length & travel, your bike has a 63mm travel fork, this is very short travel, only manufactures like Suntour support this now.

Unless you have tools, this is normally a job for a LBS, although would look for a general LBS, rather than a specialist one.
I posted here because my bike is generally used on road, so the setup is more hybrid (road tyres).

I completely understand what you've suggested but this is the first bike I've actually spent time understanding, and the bike was free to me.

I bought relatively cheap forks with decent reviews that with maintenance will keep my bike on the road for years. I am looking at getting a road bike in the new year too, so I just want a reliable bike that can do everything I ask of it.

To buy a new bike I'd be looking at 500 for something I'd be happy with, and I can get most of a road bike with that
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Then, just run what you have, as it will still be a good urban warrior. Keep it for utilitarian use, once you get the roadie.
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This may be a good option for you

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221068385122...84.m1423.l2649
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^^^That's for 700c wheels,he probably has 26".

Taz,is there something wrong with the forks? Are they leaking,is the action not smooth,or is it bottoming out easily?
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