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    Be afraid, be very afraid Zeltar's Avatar
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    What fork would I be if.........

    I and swapping my frame from a FS to a hardtail and am in the market for a new fork. My current fork is a RS Judy SL (2001?) and works OK but it sounds like rusted slinky's when compressing. I'm pretty sure this fork is way overworked, I am 235 lbs. I do mostly trails/ST with some jumps (nothing huge). I would like your input on recommendations for a new one.

    I am looking for a dual coil, 100mm travel, lock-out would be nice but not required, disc compatible and easily maintained. Would like to keep price under $300.

    Thanks in advance for you suggestions.

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    Marzocchi MX Comp ETA. 105mm, $300, 1 side coil, 1 side air, Extension Travel Reduction is better than a lock out.

    Either that or go for a Total Air upgrade for the old Judy.

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    www.titusti.com montlake_mtbkr's Avatar
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    You can get a new ('02 or '03) Manitou Black for $200 easy. The Marz MX comp is in that range as well.
    For easy maintanence you'll want a dual coil fork most likely.

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    Closeout deals on a Manitou Black Comp all over the place for right around $200.

    I'd also look at a Rock Shox Psylo with U-Turn Travel adjust.

    Of course, my favorite fork (and the one I own) would be Marzocchi Z1. I just bought mine on closeout and paid $299. It's a bit more travel than what you want (5"), but a great fork. I bought mine at Cambria Bicycle.

    See if they still have some left over.

    Also, regardless of which fork you buy, you WILL need to change the stock springs to a stiffer (the stiffest) spring.

    You're over 200 lbs, so you'll need the X-Tra Stiff!

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    Either a Black or a Marzocchi Z1.

    I absolutely love my Z1.
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