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Old 01-11-06, 02:42 PM   #1
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new entry level fork question

I currently have a Gary Fisher Tassajara, a genisis frame hard tail. I am looking to replace my old Manitou Magnum fork. I don't have much cash(read about $100 MAX). I was looking through the usual websites and I saw the Rock Shox Judy SL U-Turn for $99. Would this be a decent upgrade from my old Manitou? Would it fit the geometry of the bike? Any others in the price range I should be considering?
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OK, after going through the sales here are the two options I came up with:

2005 Rock Shox Judy SL U-Turn Fork $99, 70-115mm travel, hydracoil damping. (Link )

Manitou Splice Elite DIVA Special Edition 80mm travel TPC Suspension Fork $119, 80mm travel, air/spring damping. (Link)

Which would you get and why? I am a bit of a heavy guy, so keep that in mind.
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the magnum is 76mm so you want to stay close to that if you do not want a big change in feel/handling of the bike. 80-85mm should be ok but I would not suggest you go up to 100mm
Id get the Judy over the Splice because of the coils, you being a heavy and all, but thats my opinion and do not buy based on that alone. check MTBReview
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I'd get the air over the coils since you can set it to your exact weight and not have to mess with changing springs, of course I've never had a seal blow yet either...
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the magnum is 76mm so you want to stay close to that if you do not want a big change in feel/handling of the bike. 80-85mm should be ok but I would not suggest you go up to 100mm
Id get the Judy over the Splice because of the coils, you being a heavy and all, but thats my opinion and do not buy based on that alone. check MTBReview
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I'd get the air over the coils since you can set it to your exact weight and not have to mess with changing springs, of course I've never had a seal blow yet either...
We're talking about a Manipoo here. If it doesn't blow the seals it'll flex like nobody's business.
If it were me, I'd do one of two things.
  1. Ride what I had untill I was ready to commit $200+ to getting a decent closeout fork
  2. Get myself one of these and wait untill I had $200+ to commit to getting a better fork
Being a self described "heavy rider" a fork at the $100 pricepoint is going to suck even if you got the Judy you'd have to get the "heavy" coils for it imparting more cost to you.
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Problem solved. I found a Marzocchi MX Comp w/ETA fork for $169. Can't wait for it to arrive now!
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