I'm hoping some of you can help bring me up-to-date with what's out there in the lightweight, XC suspension fork market these days. I've been a little outta the loop the past few years.
I've got an old Judy SL with Englund cartridges that, while still performing superbly, really must be on borrowed time. I've had it set up like this for at least ten years, maybe twelve, and while I keep it cleaned and lubed, I've never rebuilt it completely. It did a lot of miles for many years--though probably not more than 500 miles each of the past three--and really must be nearing the end of it's service life. What a great product though, those Englund Total Air cartridges!
It carries my early '90s Dekerf mountain frame, but most importantly, it's tied to a Dekerf 1-piece titanium bar/stem combo that I love and cannot do without! The rub in all of this is that the bar/stem is a quill setup.
Ideally, I'd like a short travel fork (80-85mm?) with a 1-1/8 *threaded* steerer to replace the Judy and to be able to keep the bar/stem. It's gotta be light though, because I'm on the edge of dumping the shocks altogether anyway given that I'm not travel riding like I used to and my local trails aren't particularly rough or steep.
Any suggestions for stock forks, or folks who do custom fork builds, is appreciated.
Here's a quick pic of my lovely, old girl: