Join Date: Aug 2006
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Need recommendation for a new fork
I got an old Walmart mountain bike that I want to restore because the frame is real solid and fits me to a T. The part in most dire need of replacement on that beater bike is the fork... The present Suntour SR fork on the thing is an el-cheapo spring-cushioned unit that is not smooth at all. It sags way too much under my normal load (I weigh 250lbs.), and the extension is real sudden when I try to hop a curb.
The terrain I'm going to ride with this beater bike is urban. Lots of curb-hopping, light off-road use (mostly level terrain), no big downhill drops or hits so the shocks do not need that much travel, and I do not need disc-brake mounts. What I need most is smooth extension (rather than the sudden "sproing!" of the spring-cushioned cheapie). I have a $100 budget.
Any recommendations for particular brand/model of forks for these parameters would be greatly appreciated!
TIA for any help.