Since the day I got my new FUJI Nevada I've been wanting to upgrade to a better Fork. The SR SUNTOUR thats on there now should be remelted and turned into a more useful item like a planter.
I've been to about 5 different LBS and each seems to have a different recommendation for the entry level fork than I'm looking to buy ($300ish). Heres a list of the ones I'm interested in and what I know about them:
- Coil spring with U-turn travel adj. 85-130mm
- 32mm stanchions
- External Rebound adj.
- External Compression adj. and Lock Out
- Motion control damping system
- Top of my price range:~$300
I've been told by one of the guys at the LBS (the one I prefer) that he would still take the MZ RACE over all the above mentioned forks. he claims that having rebound adjustment isn't the important and for the price its his favourite. I think he's biased towards Marzocchi casue he's Italian. I personally think I would like the Tora 318 the best BUT its also right at the limit of my price range (actually a little more than i wanted to spend) but it has everything I could want in a frork. Although i've read about some reliability issues with the damping blowing out.
So when it comes to the bang per buck I think I'm leaning more towards and MZ Race, although I've heard some mixed reviews about that too!
Any input you can give on the aforementioned material would be appreciated.