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    fork for a 97 stumpjumper

    I am new new mountain biking and just bought a used 97 Stumpjumper. I am sure there have been improvements to forks since 97 and I was wondering what would be a good replacement fork for this bike.

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    It'd be easier and cheaper to just buy a new bike.
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    I would go rigid.

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    being new to biking, I am beginning to see that upgrading is risky. I paid $200 for this bike and I see one could spend more for a shock than the bike is worth. I am sure the frame are better today than 1997.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vannich
    being new to biking, I am beginning to see that upgrading is risky. I paid $200 for this bike and I see one could spend more for a shock than the bike is worth. I am sure the frame are better today than 1997.

    Exactly. Leave your bike as it is and enjoy it. When you have saved up go buy a new bike.
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    I have a 98 Stumpy, and threw a Marzocchi z4 flylight on it back in 2000, and haven't looked back.

    As far as the frame goes, you gots a keeper of a frame. Sure, newer frames may be a touch lighter, but the M2 frames are bulletproof:

    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized Site, Help section
    What is M2?
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    What is M2 and why should I be riding it?
    Answer
    Our metal matrix composite, dubbed M2, is a composite material that is actually a blend of Aluminum and Aluminum Oxide "ceramic" particulate. Combined, these particles bond together to create an entirely new supermaterial. So why should you ride it? M2 is STIFF. It is approx. 13.5% stiffer than 4130 cro-mo tubing. M2 is LIGHT. M2 frames are as half as dense as Ti and weigh an average of 10% less than Aluminum frames. M2 is STRONG. M2's yield strength is 8% higher than 6061 material of the same weight. All of these characteristics improve ride quality and strength.
    If the stock shock (an RS Judy, if I remember correctly --EDIT the 98s had the Judy, the 97s had a Manitou) isn't doing it for ya, you can pick up a nice fork for $200 and have a really sweet ride....
    Last edited by superdex; 05-17-05 at 10:39 AM.

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