Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Cannondale Jekyll 3000sl, Cannondale F500
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My son has a 24 inch Marin Bayview trail (about a 325 dollar bike) with an InSync 288 fork.
It is an entry level fork with no distributor support that I know of. My son has put 700 miles on
his bike (for real, he has a computer) and the upper stanchion bushings are already worn out.
If you hold the front brake and rock the bike back and forth, there is quite a bit of slop.
The fork works ok for what it is designed for, but Marin couldn't get me parts and the one former
distributor I could find in Chehalis, WA no longer carried them. They are made overseas and
it seems the company that makes them doesn't/didn't give much value to the concept of spare
parts and service after the sale. From what I was told they are an OEM fork only. Bottom line,
if your friend uses the fork long enough to wear it out, he will probably want to upgrade anyway
from a performance standpoint, and it is quite unlikely that any spare parts can be purchased.