Hi. I just bought a 2004 Jamis Dragon frame (blue ) with the intention of building my first bike. My wife will kill me once she finds out!
I now need to get a fork and am looking at spending around $300. I could go higher than that, maybe $500, but in all honesty it would not bother me much to use a rigid fork and I still need to pay for the remaining parts so would like to get a good value on the fork. I weight 195 lbs now but my usual weight is 190 lbs, the use is XC and know that the travel must be between 85 and 105mm. Not sure if I want to go the air route but it seems that air is predominant in this category.
Some forks I am looking at:
1.3 Black (doing research on this one and it seems to be a good deal)
2.2 MX (another one that seems to be going strong)
What do you guys think of these? Should I consider RS' SID or Pilot, or may be the Fox Vanilla or Float? I would appreciate your comments. Thanks.