I don't know much about mountain bikes but I do know that I miss not having any squish on the front of my GF Tassajara. The bike came stock with a Manitou Axel Platinum fork with 100mm travel. Well slowly but surely it has self destructed. The Dampening knob on top of the fork is totally locked up and the fork is almost rigid. I doubt the fork is worth rebuilding.......or is it? Assuming it is not worth the time and expense to fix , what is a good quality replacement fork that wont break the bank? All my money is in my road bike so unfortunately my mountain Bike has to suffer. I weigh 175 pounds and do general Cross Country riding with some visits to a indoors park that has some fairly big drops.