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Old 06-13-10, 12:18 PM   #1
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Need new shocks for an old bike.

I have a 94 Specialized Stumpjumper.
I've replaced most all of the parts over the last 2 years. But the front suspension fork is toast.
I went to my local bike shop and was told I can't get any new front suspension that will work with my old frame.

Is this true? Are there any other options other than buying a whole new bike?
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Old 06-13-10, 12:44 PM   #2
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1" steerer? also most new forks have an axle-crown for 80mm + of travel.. which would change the handling quite a bit.
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Look to E-bay for a replacement that is in good condition.
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I went to my local bike shop and was told I can't get any new front suspension that will work with my old frame.
Why?
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Old 06-14-10, 07:32 AM   #5
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I went to my local bike shop and was told I can't get any new front suspension that will work with my old frame.
Not true, strictly speaking. Niagra Cycle Works (on Amazon) sells brand new RST 1 inch threaded and threadless suspension forks. However they're way too much money to invest in an entry level fork, especially for a 16yo steel frame (making 2 assumptions here about the bike).
As BurnNotice suggested, unless you can find a LBS with something used, fleabay is about the only way to get something decent at reasonable cost (Craigslist would be a longshot).
You have two other options. A brand new generic aluminum frame can be had for $100 or so - you'd still need to buy a fork (plus headset and stem), but move all your new parts over to the new frame and you'd end up with a potentially lighter bike and a world of choices available for forks.
The other option - possibly the best one - is find say a <10yo mid-level bike with a good frame and maybe worn-out components so you get a cheap deal on it (Craigslist is loaded with them). It might even have a usable fork on it. Then proceed with the parts swap.

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thanks for all the feedback.

After a lot of thought, I've decided that this is the time is to transition to a full suspension bike and use this as my road/commuter bike. Now another decision to ponder....
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