NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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I'll second the notion to upgrade the springs in the Black, but I have to say, for your size and weight, you'll find that you'll be much happier with a Marzocchi fork.
At your weight (similar to mine!) you want to also stay away from air. Sure your coil spring/oil fork will be a little heavier, but if you (we) were concerned about weight, we'd loose some more of our own first!
I have owned numerous forks over the years and none have performed like my Marzocchi's. I'd buy either the Z-1 or the Z-3 if on a budget, I'd suggest the QR-20 thru axle for added stiffness. Your big frame (body) will flex a standard quick release hub to no end. You can stick with a standard (non-QR-20) if you use an oversized skewer like Specialize's Stout hub.
When you buy your fork, buy the X-Tra heavy springs and switch out the oil from the stock 5 wt to either a 7.5 or 10 wt. That's help the forks performance for your size.
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