I have a 2006 rockhopper, and the fork is pretty pittifull, i was wondering what forks yall would recomend in the same travel range as the stock rockhopper fork, id like to save up and get a fork that i will like enough to keep when i upgrade my frame, but i dont want to spend 500 dollars on it.
well of course im on a budget, but im willing to wait and increase the budget to where it needs to be. Im 150 pounds and would like to get a fair amount of travel from the fork. most forks ive seen are too stiff for me, idk, maybe its jsut cheap ones
If you search ebay for a Rockshox Tora, you will find a good deal on a Tora Solo SL Air (hint, hint)...they don't make the air sprung version anymore therefore this is probably the lightest Tora that was made. (as far as I know) The others are coil sprung and boat anchors, but they do work well.
I must say, the Tora is a great fork for the buck. The Motion Control damper actually works, the 32mm stanchions are stiff, the rebound is effective, the lockout works like a champ...it's just a great budget fork. It's basically a Reba with steel stanchions (instead of aluminum) and the external floodgate adjustment. I'm pretty sure that everything else is the same.
The only reason there's a Tora Solo SL Air on eBay right now is b/c the owner just had a new kid and is parting out his/her hardtail. (boohoo)