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    Thoughts on this fork?

    ROCKSHOX DART 3 FORK '07


    The all-new Dart featuring TurnKey Lockout hits the trail with substance for entry-level XC forks.
    "Cross Country is where it all began. Giving riders the opportunity to go beyond roads and experience new places in nature where no one else goes. It is a test of endurance and technical skills where one must climb up steep hills and descend down narrow trails through wandering trees and over rocks. Giving one an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and excitement with one simple ride." - Kelli Emmett
    Single-sided coil spring system with external preload adjuster
    Turnkey oil damping with external on/off lockout and rebound adjusters or PopLoc Remote.
    1-1/8" threadless steel steerer with 28mm 4130-steel stanchions fixed into a forged, pocketed 6061-T6 aluminum crown
    1-piece magnesium lower legs with 9x100mm quick-release dropouts, linear and disc brake compatible (74mm/6" post mount): 2.4" tire OK
    100mm Travel
    Model/Colors: Turnkey + PopLoc/Black, Turnkey/Diffusion Silver
    *Target Weight 2191 g (4.83 lbs)
    * Weight based on a 265mm steerer and disc specific lower



    CBO Price:
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    The fork on my current MTB is a Spinner edge fork, it is a peice of ****. Like my other thread states, in a few months i plan on dropping about 1700 on a new MTB. however, Until then, i want to upgrade this fork, to at least something cheap/decent. My current bike will be my back up bike for when i have my new bike. I bike daily to work, so having a decent back up bike is worth the money.


    So, how do you feel with this fork? I'm looking to spend around $120ish for one, no more, I'm tired of putting money into this bike. But i need it to hold me over until i get a new bike, and i need it to be in good shape for when i need it
    I reside in Southeast, PA. I am always looking for riding buddies, If interested let me know!


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    it sucks.........but for the purposes you are describing it would fit the bill.

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    Giving one an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and excitement
    umm.......probably not

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    If you bike to work daily, I'd get a rigid fork and instead of making your current bike a backup, make it a dedicated commuter.
    commuter turned bike mechanic turned commuter (also a Velocity USA employee, but this is my personal account)

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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    If you bike to work daily, I'd get a rigid fork and instead of making your current bike a backup, make it a dedicated commuter.
    i would want this bike able to handle curbs
    I reside in Southeast, PA. I am always looking for riding buddies, If interested let me know!


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    Honestly, suspension is really unnecessary for going over curbs. You'd be amazed how much your efficiency improves with a rigid fork. Besides--riding in the street to work I can't imagine you encounter many curbs?
    commuter turned bike mechanic turned commuter (also a Velocity USA employee, but this is my personal account)

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    the spinner is probably just as good as that fork..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB
    the spinner is probably just as good as that fork..
    I reside in Southeast, PA. I am always looking for riding buddies, If interested let me know!


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    Go rigid. I know guys who ride them on tough XC trails, so I'm sure you can get by with one commuting. You'll be a lot faster when you get back to suspension too. You can pick them up cheap, they're light, and you CAN do simple little stuff like curbs on them! I've hopped curbs mid-race on my road bike for gods sake.
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    i would save my money. if you're buying a $1700 bike soon, just save your dough. that way you'll have $1850 for that bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeCanon
    I've hopped curbs mid-race on my road bike for gods sake.
    Ditto! Go rigid.
    It's better to burn out than fade away...or slip out of your pedal and face plant on the side of the road!!!

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    For $129.00?? If you want it buy it. It would be fine for what you want to do with it.
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    its a good fork i have one of them on my rockhopper. the rebound and preload adjusters can be very useful and it can handle some damage. average life expectancy of the dart 3 fork is about 4 years. don't take it over jumps higher than 3ft and you'll enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phishalot21
    its a good fork i have one of them on my rockhopper. the rebound and preload adjusters can be very useful and it can handle some damage. average life expectancy of the dart 3 fork is about 4 years. don't take it over jumps higher than 3ft and you'll enjoy it.
    thank you
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    x34545 on saving your money for your new ride. Take a break from the toke and listen to what people are telling you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phishalot21
    its a good fork i have one of them on my rockhopper. the rebound and preload adjusters can be very useful and it can handle some damage. average life expectancy of the dart 3 fork is about 4 years. don't take it over jumps higher than 3ft and you'll enjoy it.
    same here

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    I'd leave that bike alone until i got the $1700 bike, then put some slicks/rigid/rack/fenders on that bike and make it a commuter. I think the dart would be only marginally better than the spinner. My friend has a spinner, and I have a Judy TT which i've heard is the older model of the Dart, and ours are not that much different. They both can handle curbs, though, if your spinner can't do curbs there might be something wrong with it.

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    I reside in Southeast, PA. I am always looking for riding buddies, If interested let me know!


    I am pro nature, I also toke with nature.

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    I reside in Southeast, PA. I am always looking for riding buddies, If interested let me know!


    I am pro nature, I also toke with nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    Honestly, suspension is really unnecessary for going over curbs.
    Exactly
    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    You'd be amazed how much your efficiency improves with a rigid fork. Besides--riding in the street to work I can't imagine you encounter many curbs?
    I've been running one of these for the last couple of years on my daily rig and I've loved every second of it. Curbs, potholes, train tracks are no problem provided you know how to ride a bike smoothly.

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    I totally agree. If your going to be street riding / road riding even city riding rigid forks are so much more efficient then suspension...even if you have a lockout function on your fork.

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    yeah stay rigid for commuting. what lead you to believe you'd want a suspension fork for commuting? i ride my road bike... and yes, it handles curbs just fine.

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    I had one of those on my MTB for a bit. It totally sucked balls. Seriously, I just traded it to a guy for a rigid fork. There was tons of sticktion, it would get REALLY stiff in any cold weather, and it was HEAVY. Im much happier with a rigid fork.

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    Umm, other than the kind of fork, I wonder exactly why the original fork is on the verge of kicking the bucket. Riding in that much water can cause alot of damage to a bike's bearings in the headset, bottom bracket, hubs, will also make the fork feel like garbage when there is water trapped in it.

    On the topic go rigid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Exactly

    I've been running one of these for the last couple of years on my daily rig and I've loved every second of it. Curbs, potholes, train tracks are no problem provided you know how to ride a bike smoothly.
    Good to see you back and spittin' truth Raiyn.
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    I don't understand. Why do you need suspension to ride up a curb? Do you lift the wheel or bunny hop it, or just plow into it? If its the latter, you're doing it wrong.

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