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    Fork Decision

    Ok I've narrowed my search for forks now, and Need a decent fork for racing.
    Here are my option I've seen

    Rockshox Tora 318
    2007 100mm Dart 3-pop lock
    2008 dart 3-pop lock (don't know travel, but its more expensive)]
    Marzochi Zl sport
    Marzochi Super Comp
    Marzochi XC 6000 Sl 90-130 mm
    Marz Dirt Jumper 2

    Those are all within my projected price range.
    I can find the difference between the two Dart'3 though.
    I felt a dart 3 in the LBS today... big difference from my fork. So something along that level will make a huge difference.

    I want at least 100mm travel and lock out. 130 mm will probably be my limit. I want adjustability so I can make it how I want it. I'm 165 pounds if that helps at all, and I race XC single track, lots of roots, ditches, "woomps" and hills. Lots of climbing... to much climbing.... Needs to be V brake compatible and disk compatible.

    I'm trying to be serious in this thread as soon, I'll have the money I need hopefully, and I'll be buying a fork, and then tires.


    Thanks.

    Edit: These are all from price point so far,
    http://www.pricepoint.com/thumb.htm?...price&ascend=0

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    I'd go for the Tora.

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    I have a Dart, i cant really fault it. But would still go for the Tora.

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    You can throw the DJ out of the line up.Thats not really what your after.The Tora is a decent fork but no v mounts.The MZ supercomp is not gonna be very adjustable but it has v mounts.It's a low end fork but better than what you're running now. With the Z1 your gonna need a new 20mm hub and disk to make it work.The dart is gonna be your best option.Not the best fork but it'll do what you need for now.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Thats what I was thinking. I tested one at the my LBS, and it was 500% better than the POS I have now.
    WHats the difference between the 2008, and the 2007?
    I can't find it right now, my internet is disgustingly slow at the moment.

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    Not much as far as i can see. Graphics, thats probably it. You won't find much hugely radically different between one year and the next on low end forks.

    You could save yourself the trouble and buy my 06 Giant Rincon for the same price already with a Dart 3 if you want.......


    Oh I'm such a salesman. But seriously.

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    Yeah...a few hundred more can get you a Motobecane with Dart 3, Avid discs, 9 sp...

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    You race XC and you'll go as high as 130mm? My first upgrade on my old hardrock was a 120mm Manitou...what a mistake. Luckily I was able to return it and get a 100mm Reba SL which I was happy with. How often do you ride your bike?

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    I ride it almost everyday. I want something that can be adjusted, because I don't race everyday. Some times I just want to goof off and have fun, thats where the extra travel will come in. Thats also where lock out would help.
    The dart, seems to be my best option, and after comparing one to my current fork it felt godlike so I'll be happy. The fox fork that was on that 08 Trek Fuel though.... was.... amazing........expensive....


    Buying another bike is out of the question.... not allowed. I CAN get parts for my current one though.
    Moving to germany in less than a year, I'll be buying my next bike there.
    Last edited by Cheeto; 03-16-08 at 06:40 PM.

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    Yeah...get one of the cheaper ones so you have more money left to spend on the new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    You can throw the DJ out of the line up.Thats not really what your after.The Tora is a decent fork but no v mounts.The MZ supercomp is not gonna be very adjustable but it has v mounts.It's a low end fork but better than what you're running now. With the Z1 your gonna need a new 20mm hub and disk to make it work.The dart is gonna be your best option.Not the best fork but it'll do what you need for now.
    I wouldn't throw out the Tora based on the lack of brake mounts:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/RockShox-Tora-30...QQcmdZViewItem

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    heres the tora solo air 318 with V's
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/172...-Fork-2007.htm

    Stretchin my price limit but It's either that or the Dart 3 at this point...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    heres the tora solo air 318 with V's
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/172...-Fork-2007.htm

    Stretchin my price limit but It's either that or the Dart 3 at this point...
    The forks found on ebay stores offer a fairly substantial discount, even when compared with pricepoint, jenson and the like.

    Obviously you don't have an ebay account but your parents might. Just give money to parents so they can make ebay purchases for you.

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    Mom doesn't do ebay.
    She makes everything difficult.

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    Honestly, the Dart 3 isn't going to be radically better than the fork on your Trek 3900. Is it a Suntour or a Spinner? (the Trek website pic is a Spinner while the specs say Suntour for some reason). I'd just save the cash until you move away and buy a good cheap all-mountain FS rig like a Prophet. Seriously, you probably won't even be able to feel the difference.

    If you REALLY want to blow some cash go with the Tora. Its an air fork, so its going to be lighter, and the adjustments will actually do something.

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    Didn't get a chance to test the tora, but I tested the Reba and the Dart 3. They both had considerable "betterness" than my crappy SR suntour pogo stick.
    I'd imagine the Tora would be imbeween the Dart and the Reba, so I'll have a large noticable differeance, and my current fork is jacked up, wont even adjust anymore. When I buy a new bike I'm still keeping my 3900, so I wan't it to be decent, even if it is just a 3900.

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    find a friend with ebay, buy off there. can get a dart 3 for 100 bucks. check out this guys store, its where i bought my revelation, going to find your best deals on there. http://stores.ebay.com/Bicycle-Outfi...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

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    Doesnt have the remote thing I don't think, but that price is Nice.
    I have a friend with both Ebay and Paypal, so I may have to give her a buzz later.

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    60 bucks..
    ALmost there lol.

    Man, after this weekend I'll be able to apply for a job...
    YEA!
    Then maybe My budget will go up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    Doesnt have the remote thing I don't think, but that price is Nice.
    I have a friend with both Ebay and Paypal, so I may have to give her a buzz later.
    Remote isn't a big deal. I've ridden a Reba with the pop-lock and I couldn't care less about that feature.

    Smooth as hell for 100mm though.
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    get the tora man, you can get a disc break cheap if you have too. 2 upgrades in one .. at the speed your upgrading you know it's coming

    I'd take the mz supercomp over the dart
    I only pedal uphill.

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    I may go the tora route, I'm not going to get disk brakes for this bike, V's work for now.
    I've found a few with V posts though, so thats good.
    I need a website that has the Pro's and Cons between the forks lol.



    Just saw an add for these forks:
    http://www.x-fusion-shox.com/

    It goes from 80-130 mm in 10mm increments, just what I wanted... but no price listed, that scares me.

    lol j/k bout the above, never even heard of them



    EDIT:
    I just read some reviews and such, I think I'll go with the Dart 3 just because I know for a fact it has V's, and it's adjustable, and it has 100 mm of travel which was my target travel, the price is reasonable.
    Unless someone can provide a good solid reason otherwise.
    Last edited by Cheeto; 03-18-08 at 03:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    I may go the tora route, I'm not going to get disk brakes for this bike, V's work for now.
    I've found a few with V posts though, so thats good.
    I need a website that has the Pro's and Cons between the forks lol.



    Just saw an add for these forks:
    http://www.x-fusion-shox.com/

    It goes from 80-130 mm in 10mm increments, just what I wanted... but no price listed, that scares me.

    lol j/k bout the above, never even heard of them



    EDIT:
    I just read some reviews and such, I think I'll go with the Dart 3 just because I know for a fact it has V's, and it's adjustable, and it has 100 mm of travel which was my target travel, the price is reasonable.
    Unless someone can provide a good solid reason otherwise.
    for the velvet R, you're looking at around $700

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    I figured that LOL..
    That much for a springer? holy crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    I figured that LOL..
    That much for a springer? holy crap.
    Manitou (SP?) Travis is $1100, I believe.

    Who said sprin forks are always cheap?
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