I currently ride a 2005 Gary Fisher HooKooEKoo and have upgraded to:
Avid Juicy 5's
LX Hollowtech II Crankset
XT/317 disc wheelset
Arami Flow saddle
Easton EA50 Stem/ EA70 riser Bar
Lizard Skins Logo lock-on's
The fork that came on the bike is a Rockshox Pilot SL that has a coil spring with air assist and motion control with lockout.
I want to upgrade the fork and I can't decide what to get. I have narrowed it down to a Fox Vanilla RLC or a Rockshox Reba Team. I mainly do trail riding but I do also love to jump stairs and small drops and stuff. Weight is a concern, but not if the Vanilla is gonna be "The One".
My Pilot weigh's 4.3 pounds so either way I'm gonna save some weight. The Fox is right at 4 pounds and the Reba is around 3.5 pounds.
I read on a recent post that someone has had TONS of oil leakage problems with the Fox. Is this common? I hate air forks because my pilot had a leak for a long time and I had to air it up before every ride. I'm a set-it-and-forget-it kinda guy. GO WITH WHAT WORKS AND LEAVE IT ALONE. (except for maintenance, of course) That's why I love the idea of the Vanilla.
I don't mind riding a 25 pound hard tail if it is going to handle and feel great.
Sorry for the long description, but I don't want someone telling me that I need a Reba because it's lighter without weighing the positives of the Vanilla. I don't think 1/2 pound is very much, especially if I can save it elsewhere.