03 Rock Shox XC U-turn - Opinions?
I want to upgrade my front shock on my Trek 4300, and I know everyone will say that it is a crap bike and not worth it, but I've already built up custom wheels for it, installed an XTR BB and put on FSA cranks and clipless pedals, I've knocked at least 2 lbs off it so far. It came with a RST Capa fork, which is crap to say the least, basically it is really stiff which I hate and it is super flexy, I can put on the front brake and flex the fork back and forth quite a bit. I was looking at a Manitou Skareb Comp, but I read many reveiws and they all broke the Reverse Arch off at one point or another, so that was kind of scary. So now I'm looking at a 03 Rock Shox Duke with U-turn, I read some good reviews about it and it is relatively light for a coil spring shock (around 4lbs) also since I'm a big guy I would probably suit the coil springs better then a air shock. I've had air shocks before and didn't like them because of the high amounts of stiction. Only complaint about the Duke I've heard is that it is a little soft for large riders without a heavier spring set, I actually like my forks alittle soft so they soak up small bumps good. Does anyone own a Duke and how do you like it? Also is it a good fork for climbing, I'll be using it for road riding (it's on my mountain bike which I put slicks and a rack on for touring) and maybe entering some sport class races with it so I want it to be not bad for climbing, I don't mind a little bob, but I don't want it to be like my Dirt Jumper III on my dirt jumper which almost goes through all 130mm of travel when your climbing out of the saddle. Also I want to make sure it is a durable fork, I won't be abusing it, but a 200lbs+ person like myself can sometimes be abusive without trying.