I have asked some time ago about forks here. The Z1DropOff and the MXPro.ETA. Mael and A2 and others where very helpfull on enlightening me on the technical side of the forks. After some research i have done i got some new questions .
I got a 2003 HT specialized rockhopper and the geometry is as follows (if this helps) 71deg headtube angle 73 seattube angle. Currently i am running a 4.2lbs Axel elite which problems i have described on earlier posts. Anyhow...my rides are 4-7 hours long on extremely variable terrain ....steep uphills steep downhills...rock gardens and fireroads...and lots of singletrack in between.... no intensional jumps...and unfortunately when i see a small drop off (1-2 ft) i stop and carry the bike since i dont trust my current fork.
So my questions are : How usefull are 130mm of travel with ETA (with ETA i presume i wont care about the travel since i ll get a stiff setup with only 30mm to climb) in comparison with 100mm of the MXPro. Given my bike geometry will i loose much? If so...i could use a more stable platform...i can easily manouver my bike inside tight spots so i dont care for a little slackening...but i wouldl love some more control over steep descents or high speed descents.
The Z1DropOff is 400g heavier than MXPro or my current Axel fork (5lbs vs 4.2lbs) How this will affect things up? I am not a weight weenie!!! i just dont like to get thinks "tanked" up without a good reason.
Given that i am 200lbs...is it better to go from the axel to MXpro or straight to Z1DropOff in terms of stiffness? Meaning that i dont want to spend cash with little difference in terms of stiffness. I am bored seeing my front wheel moving wildly left to right under hard pedalling with the axel fork.
And one last technical question. The Z1dropoff is dual coil with ETA, the MXpro is single coil with air in the other leg. Is the dual coil solution better in terms of durability and longetivity?
Rockhopper 2003 19" 71/73 deg. 4lbs. frame,
ZControl Pedals (YES i am not a weight weenie!!!)
RF Deus 110/5 stem.
XT Disc Brakes ,Drivetrain
Z1Drop off option. 5lbs, Dualcoil , 130mm, ETA, 32mm stanchions.
MXpro option. 4.2lbs,Coil/Air, 105mm, ETA , 30mm stanchions.
Thank you for your forthcoming replies.
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