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Old 09-30-04, 08:35 PM   #1
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Best XC Racing Fork?

What do you guys think is the best fork out there for xc racing?
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Old 09-30-04, 08:37 PM   #2
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Cannondale Carbon Lefty ELO

might cost ya close to 700-900 for it though
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Fox F80/F100x

Terralogic... 'nuff said.
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Old 09-30-04, 09:26 PM   #4
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I had no idea what you where talking about with terralogic so I googled it and I am IMPRESSED.

If that fork does what it says it does, it would be an amazing thing to be able to use. Does anyone have one - if so would you consider it worth the amount of money that you paid for it? Or put another way could you live with another less expensive fork and ride as well and with as much control?
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Full rigid Vanilla fork. Suspension and racing don't mix.
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Full rigid Vanilla fork. Suspension and racing don't mix.
And DH and rigid REALLY don't mix. It is already sad that a road bike won a short track xc event. Tell that to someone who has wrist problems because of racing with a rigid fork. While suspension on a xc bike may seem a bit odd, the suspension helps soak up the vibrations that cause wrist problems. Also xc race bikes have suspension mainly because they have to go over some rougher stuff unlike road bikes who regularly go over smooth pavement. Suspension helps to make getting over the rougher stuff easier.
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And to answer your question, it is impossible to be the best fork for anything. This is all personal opinion and tastes and brand loyalty. So my answer is none.
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Marzocchi Monster T!

What's XC anyways????? j/k

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I had no idea what you where talking about with terralogic so I googled it and I am IMPRESSED.

If that fork does what it says it does, it would be an amazing thing to be able to use. Does anyone have one - if so would you consider it worth the amount of money that you paid for it? Or put another way could you live with another less expensive fork and ride as well and with as much control?
I actually have an F80x. I got it on my new Stumpjumper, and since I got the bike as an employee purchase it was a no brainer to spring for the fork. Even at the bike's retail of 1630$ its worth it. I've ridden a lot of suspension forks previous and can actually say this is the only one I am truely satisfied with. My climbing improved dramatically over the old Marzocchi pogostick I had previously been riding. I was doing climbs on the first try I had never been able to do with my old junk. The fork is incredibly plush, pretty light at 3.xlbs, stiff, and the Terralogic system works seamlessly and is very easy to setup and adjust. If you have ridden a Fox RL80, it feels VERY similar, but when you stand on it, it doesn't bob on the hard uphill efforts. Just amazing.
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And DH and rigid REALLY don't mix. It is already sad that a road bike won a short track xc event. Tell that to someone who has wrist problems because of racing with a rigid fork. While suspension on a xc bike may seem a bit odd, the suspension helps soak up the vibrations that cause wrist problems. Also xc race bikes have suspension mainly because they have to go over some rougher stuff unlike road bikes who regularly go over smooth pavement. Suspension helps to make getting over the rougher stuff easier.
A lot of people who I know that race swap out forks for the race and for training. For just training, they run a suspension fork. For the race (and only the race) they run a rigid. What short track race did a road bike win?
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I had no idea what you where talking about with terralogic so I googled it and I am IMPRESSED.

If that fork does what it says it does, it would be an amazing thing to be able to use. Does anyone have one - if so would you consider it worth the amount of money that you paid for it? Or put another way could you live with another less expensive fork and ride as well and with as much control?
I have an F100X on by Blur and my Bianchi single-speed. I can't say enough good things about this fork!
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A lot of people who I know that race swap out forks for the race and for training. For just training, they run a suspension fork. For the race (and only the race) they run a rigid. What short track race did a road bike win?
But you live in the great flat smooth state of Ohio. How many people, 1 or 2 people? Rigid forks are great for pavement and really smoth dirt, but if there is any type of roughness, a suspension fork destroys a rigid any day.
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Fox F80/F100x

Terralogic... 'nuff said.
Oh baby, the Terralogic all the way. He asked about the best XC fork so sorry Monster T dude, chill, go huck some stuff.....
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OK, Monste T, whatever..........lol
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****, Monste(r) T.....Well guess I better lay off the Bud after midnight.....
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You can get a pace carbon fork with 1" suspension, i've not seem them advertised but this guy i know has one. they use them in holland quiet a bit apparently, but then again, holland's not exactly noted for its mountains!
When i get the beans together its going to be an F80 RLT with possibly the handlebar mounted lockout.
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well since the CArbon Lefty ELO Is a 1.5 compatible fork and won't fit into anything other than a Cannondale or a custom built bike, I'd have to say the next best thing is a

Magura Ronin 85.

Although the terrologic stuff is good on paper, many have sprung oil leaks and have been suffereing from sticky inertia valves.
Good technologyt hats not quite mature yet.
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Rock Shox Judy Tt. Best Racing Shock On The Market.......
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For XC...hmm...Thats a tough one. I reccomend a kitchen fork, mounted on skateboard wheels with reds swiss bearings and some springs to compensate for shock. Oh yeah, and dont forget a remote control. You don't want to drive your fork into a tree!

Just kidding. I'll say what konarider says. None. All about opinion and your own perspective.
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By the way, I doubt the terralogic is as good as it seems it is. Personally, I find something that uses soft springs with very limited travel at the top of the fork, along with a spring at the bottom that is soft when bumps hit below, based on an oil valve, to be more effective . I may be wrong though. I have not taken any physics classes yet or anything that really relates to fork science, except for a unit in FLuids. The top would absorb most of the riding bob because the lower spring is stronger and will not take the force from the top, becasue there is already a softer spring at the top. At the bottom stanchion, there is a tab that would push an oil valve down, allowing oil to flow freely if a bump is hit. The lower stanchion without the oil valve being depressed, would react a little to small bumps and should the bump be big enough, it would instantaneously send the fork up hard, the spring would compress enoough for the tab in the fork to hit the oil valve, allowing more travel to absorb the shock. Slowly, the spring would push back down until the fork is "rigid" again.

The soft spring/hard spring works like a helmet works, but reversed. A soft upper, a hard lower. The soft part compresses, but the hard part will not budge because its own resistance to compression is greater than that of the softer spring. The softer spring will still be adjustable to be hard enought to stop even the heaviest pushers from compressing the lower stanchion/shock.
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