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Old 12-04-08, 12:30 PM   #1
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New fork thoughts?

I'm going to rebuild my 1999 trek 7000 and I want to get a new fork first and foremost. I typically ride CC, but I want something with some decent travel for the downhill bombing sessions. I want something sweet without having to break the bank. Ideas? Thanks.
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Old 12-04-08, 12:37 PM   #2
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Rockshox Tora. Never used one but have heard a lot of good things about them and they can be had for pretty cheep as far as forks go.
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Rockshox Tora. Never used one but have heard a lot of good things about them and they can be had for pretty cheep as far as forks go.
Nice. Thanks. I'll check it out. What else do you think would make sense for my rebuild? Disc brakes? Crank set? etc?
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Never used one but have heard a lot of good things . . . .
Now there's an endorsement.
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Nice. Thanks. I'll check it out. What else do you think would make sense for my rebuild? Disc brakes? Crank set? etc?
It really depends on what you are looking to get out of this rebuild. Are you replaceing components because they are worn out? At some point the cost of rebuilding will far exceed the cost of a newer bike. Disc brakes are probably not an option in the rear unless there are mounts on your frame. New wheels, brakes, fork, drivetrain... just get a new bike and make that one into a SS/beater bike.
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It really depends on what you are looking to get out of this rebuild. Are you replaceing components because they are worn out? At some point the cost of rebuilding will far exceed the cost of a newer bike. Disc brakes are probably not an option in the rear unless there are mounts on your frame. New wheels, brakes, fork, drivetrain... just get a new bike and make that one into a SS/beater bike.
Ha, that's funny you siad that because that was the first thought I had. I ride a fixed gear everyday in Hollywood for fun/commuting and I always thought it would be super fun to ride an SS mountain bike. Then I thought, well, I like to climb too.....we shall see.
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Now there's an endorsement.
I'll endorse it. PDub has one and its quite nice seeing as they're not that much more expensive than a dart. A bit heavy, but that feel fairly nice. Only problem is that it seems to be leaking a bit of oil from around the rebound knob.
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I'll endorse it.

... A bit heavy..

it seems to be leaking a bit of oil...

Now THAT'S an endorsement.
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Well, when you factor in that its can be had for around 25$ more than a dart, which is a lot heavy and is leaking more oil than an oil can with a shotgun hole it is a good deal. Plus the tora doesnt suck.
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Plus the tora doesnt suck.
Ya, sounds like it blows.
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(ducks head in)...

Tora is a good fork. I couldn't break it or make it take a leak.
Pick two: cheap, _____, durable

...(ducks head out)
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that getting a new, longer-travel fork will completely screw with your geometry. Check out one of the rock shox u-turn forks; I have the recon and it's great.
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i actually ride with a tora 318. i haven't had too much experience with quality forks, but i am not unhappy with the tora's performance. i ride technical XC (not very smooth, very bumpy, rocky, rooty, etc). huge difference between the tora and a "cheap" fork, that's for certain.

for the kind of riding i'm doing, i don't need to upgrade to anything else.
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that getting a new, longer-travel fork will completely screw with your geometry.
I am too - - it's the type of blind overgeneralization that shows up quite often around here.
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Ya, sounds like it blows.
Cant suck as bad as RST (I'm joking, of course). Its prolly user error on the leaking oil. It is fairly plush (but then again, I was comparing it to a dart) and seems to kill bumps well.
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You mean like this...


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What? Should I say cushy. Its not blind (prolly is an over generalization) BTW.
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dude...i got the tora u-turn 302 a couple months ago and love it! no leakage...lockout works great!
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I'll ask him about it in the morning. Prolly his own fault.
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that getting a new, longer-travel fork will completely screw with your geometry. Check out one of the rock shox u-turn forks; I have the recon and it's great.
I believe the '99 Trek 7000 was designed around 80mm of travel. A 100mm Tora will not do anything but enhance the feel of the bike IMO.

Not like he's gonna run a 150mm Z1 bomber on it...(like I would, hehe)
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I'm going to rebuild my 1999 trek 7000 and I want to get a new fork first and foremost. I typically ride CC, but I want something with some decent travel for the downhill bombing sessions. I want something sweet without having to break the bank. Ideas? Thanks.
this is what i saw. i don't think of 100mm of travel when i hear things like that.
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Yeah...I don't think of a 1999 Trek 7000 in that respect at all...not matter what's up front. Nonetheless...it appears inevitable.
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A 40 would look good an that 7000.
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You mean like Gastro holding a 40 riding the 7000 on 1 wheel?
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You mean like Gastro holding a 40 riding the 7000 on 1 wheel?
Yeah, a lot like that.
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