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Old 09-29-03, 10:50 AM   #1
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Suspension Fork suggestion

OK.... So i hate the fork on my bike now and im looking at a new fork for xmas... I do aggresive XC with probably a max of 3 foot jumps..


Ive been looking at the marzocchi products like the new 2004 mx comp and a dirt jumper 3...

100mm travel would be good or anything higher but not too much higher than that ( Going on Specialized hardrock Sport)

My price Limit is 200.... Which in USD is $322.92 Exactly

Im not really sure what type of fork im looking for though... (air, Coil)

Hope you can help me out and suggest a good fork

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Old 09-29-03, 11:58 AM   #2
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How big are you? If you arepost 200pnd I would look at a coil fork. I believe a Marz MX should be good for price.
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Old 09-29-03, 12:06 PM   #3
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Im quite big for my age.... 12 stone... Dont know what that is in pounds... but im still gorwing.. Even though ive been at 12 stone now for abot 1/2 a year
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FYI 1 stone = 14 lbs, so you are 1681bs. You are not too big for a nice air fork, but it may be hard to find one in your price range.
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Im also looking for one that is reasonably low maintenence... And i am only 15 so i still have 5 yrs of growing yet....but im losing quite abit of weight ...


So if i were to go for a coil fork, What would you suggest ?
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Ok so ive been looking at the 04 mx comp by marz and on this link

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/v...s&ModelID=2975 Its 105mm travel and is an air fork.. not really what im looking for

And on this site:

http://www.pricepoint.com/product2318.html

it says its 85mm travel and coil sprung!

Whats up ith this fork! Can sumone shed su light please?
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I run the 03 MX Comp ETA which is coil/ETA one side and air the other. It's great for XC but I wouldn't jump with it. You can get the MX fitted with coil both sides and they can be reduced to 85mm travel, but they won't be warrantied for jumping. I'd go for the Dirtjumper.
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Try and find a Marzocchi '03 Marathon S.

It is a dual sprung XC fork and it retails (at least here in the States) for 379 USD. It is a litle more then what you have but it would work well for what you intend to use it for.

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Isnt the dirt jumper pretty heavy though? Because its built for trialsnad dj'ing?
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Also i cant find much on the marathon.. not on a british site anyways.. :S
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Soz for all the posts lol... What do u think of the rock Shox Duke XC U-turn? I have found one for 199.99
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Yep, decent fork! Not a bad deal either!

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ok so i have it down to 3.... Marzocchi MX comp 2004

Marzocchi MX comp ETA 2004

and the rockshox Duke XC U-turn

tell me which u think is best for me please... i have no idea what im looking for :S
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I prefer the Marzocchi over the RS, but the MX Comp vs the MX Comp with ETA is all a matter of how much $ you want to spend.

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I'd go for one of the Marzocchi forks in that price range. As for the ETA feature - just depends if a lock-down gizmo is worth it in your mind. I don't think there's anything between the two Marz forks otherwise.

btw a Duke XC came standard on my '03 Klein Attitude. It's given me the willies tryin to get it setup correctly. You'll spend much less time farting around with one of the Marz forks.
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I find the ETA is great for putting in road miles, particularly if you've got any climbing. Marzocchi's have a reputation for superb reliability and ease of maintenance (largely lack of) but they do take a while to bed in.
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If you're wanting to do a bit of jumping/drop offs have you thought about a 2003 Marzocchi Z1, they're a similar price to the MXComps and are designed for more aggressive riding than the MXComps - if your frame will take 130mm.
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i dont think it would... its a sepcialized hardrock Sport 2004
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i dont think it would... its a sepcialized hardrock Sport 2004
I think you're right there - you're probably best sticking to 80-100mm travel. Anything much more and you'll run the risk of stuffing the geometry and ruining the balance and stability of the bike.
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105mm... max i think
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