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Old 03-09-06, 07:00 PM   #1
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Looking for a fork

I have a hardtail cadex mountain bike from about 10 years ago. It hasnt been used much but am going to begin riding some mountains in Manayunk, PA. Im looking to add a suspension fork. Im about 245lbs. I saw the thread about the mx comp. Im looking to spend about 100-150. What are the thoughs on a used fork aswell. Also will a hardtail with a suspension fork get the job done?
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If the bike is 10 years old, you have to determine if you need a 1" or 1 1/8" steer tube. If it is 1", your fork choices could be more limited.
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A rockshox Judy is probably one of the only forks in your price range. Your lbs might have some take-offs.
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A rockshox Judy is probably one of the only forks in your price range. Your lbs might have some take-offs.
Yeah, a judy is what I was going to suggest too.

The fork will be soft for you though with the stock springs. You will probably want to get the firm spring kit.
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Hey thanks for the replies. Whats a firm spring kit gonna run me? Also is it totally necessary? I found a Marzocchi MZ Comp fork in my area. Its used. Any thoughts on it?
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Rock Shox J1, J2, J3 or possibly even J4. Marzochi MX Comp also seems to be quite a good choice from what i've researched if you are willing to spend a little extra
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Hey thanks for the replies. Whats a firm spring kit gonna run me? Also is it totally necessary? I found a Marzocchi MZ Comp fork in my area. Its used. Any thoughts on it?
About $40 (canadian) for a spring kit. Then the cost to have it put in I guess, unless you can do it yourself. The Marzocchi is a good fork. It would be a better than the Judy for sure, but more $$$. If you can find one cheap, great. You still might need a spring kit for any fork you get at your weight though. I am ~200 lbs and I have never felt a stock fork that is close to being firm enough for me.
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OK great....When figuring out what size diameter i need what do i measure? The existing fork has a diameter of 1 1/8 inch. Im measuring from the outer edge of the metal to the other outer edge so im assuming its a 1 1/8 fork. Is this correct? Also the fork is a MZ and all ive ever seen is MX. Is there a difference?
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OK great....When figuring out what size diameter i need what do i measure? The existing fork has a diameter of 1 1/8 inch. Im measuring from the outer edge of the metal to the other outer edge so im assuming its a 1 1/8 fork. Is this correct? Also the fork is a MZ and all ive ever seen is MX. Is there a difference?
The Mz-comp is an oem fork. It's got no adjustability and blows compared to the MX-comp. They are 2 completely different forks. The Mz-comp would be better than the Judy(but, it depends which judy you get.) I had one on my Bruiser, they are a pretty strong fork, but they suck.
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OK great....When figuring out what size diameter i need what do i measure? The existing fork has a diameter of 1 1/8 inch. Im measuring from the outer edge of the metal to the other outer edge so im assuming its a 1 1/8 fork. Is this correct?
Yep, measure the outer diameter and you're definitely better off because you have the more current 1 1/8"...so more fork options.
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Is it a Giant Cadex, or is Cadex the manufacturer?

The reaason I ask is because a bike that old that is not worth too much...heck for the $150 you spend on a new fork, I'd buy a used bike on eBay or something.

I think I saw a decent Kona Blast go for that not too long ago.

You'd end up with a much more up-to-date bike that has more benefit than just a modern fork ie...modern geometry, better drivetrain, stronger components.
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