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Old 10-28-04, 01:23 PM   #1
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need recommendation for suspension fork

Best buy for a suspension fork with "lock-out'?

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Old 10-28-04, 01:26 PM   #2
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How much you lookin to spend.
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Not only budget, but intended use.

For me, the best fork might be a Marzocchi Z-1.

But if you are looking for a lightweight XC fork, a Rock Shox Sid may be what you're after.

Give us some more criteria and what your style of riding is, your body weight and they type of bike you will be using.
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Old 10-28-04, 01:33 PM   #4
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I guessed XC cause of his avy.
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Yeah, but the "Jackass" threw me. You never know??????
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Old 10-28-04, 01:48 PM   #6
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the Rock Shox Pilot SL can be had with a remote lockout for under $300... that's one option, though it's on the lower end of the performance spectrum. As far as I know, it's 100mm of travel internally convertible to 80mm. It weighs 4.34lbs if I remember correctly.
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I may be selling the SID race that came on my rocky mountain instinct. I rode it 3 times so far...

2003 SIDs dont have problems with their O-rings like the 2004 SIDs. I just want to get a FOX fork because of the inertia valve.

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Old 10-28-04, 05:35 PM   #8
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Don't look at anything but Fox
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Unless your looking for a coil fork. Then avoid fox, they just lack in the coil market when you have competitors like the Manitou Minute, Marzocchi All Mountain 1. Seen way too many bushing failures on Fox's coil forks.
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But they seem to make the best air forks on the market.... you get what you pay for, I guess. he still hasn't said how much he's looking to spend on his fork. That'd probably give us a better idea, especially since even the Manitou Minute 1:00 is rather pricey ($550 is what I saw in a quick spot check).
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I've heard that the Fox air forks ride just as well as a coil spring fork. I've never ridden one myself though. If my Judy ever gives out completely I might have to look into a Fox...

I would definitely recommend E-bay for buying a fork; you can save an amazing amount over new.
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the only problem with buying an air fork on Ebay is how hard has it been ridden, how well has it been maintained, etc...
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You can get brand new stuff off ebay. I saw a Fox F80X/F100X for $575 brand new compared to the $775 retail....
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That's a really good deal... I just wonder if it comes with the warranty in that case. I know that, for example, truvativ will not honor warranties on any product purchased through pricepoint.com.
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Fox F80/100x... no need for a gimmickly lockout that you wont use anyways.
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Fox F80/100x... no need for a gimmickly lockout that you wont use anyways.
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I decided against the F100x at the recomendation of my LBS. I went with the F100 RLT. You can lock it out and then set a blow off threshold which basically makes it an adjustable inertia valve. Its also cheaper AND lighter.
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Fox F80/100x... no need for a gimmickly lockout that you wont use anyways.
Yup, that's the problem with manual lockouts. On paper, they sound great, but most are simply not used in the heat of battle. There is simply too much other stuff to think about. Therefore, IMHO, an automatic lockout is the way to go.
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Check out www.forkhouse.com
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Yup, that's the problem with manual lockouts. On paper, they sound great, but most are simply not used in the heat of battle. There is simply too much other stuff to think about. Therefore, IMHO, an automatic lockout is the way to go.
I think the convert is recommanding leaving the lock out on, and set the threhold pressure a little lower. That may work, but wouldn't that damage the lock out mechanism over time?? I heard the lock out is the first to go on many forks
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I think the convert is recommanding leaving the lock out on, and set the threhold pressure a little lower. That may work, but wouldn't that damage the lock out mechanism over time?? I heard the lock out is the first to go on many forks
Sparks, you are correct. With almost all lockouts, If you have a big enough hit, it will activate to protect the internals. With the fox, you can set how big a hit it reacts to, put it on lockout and you have your cheaper and lighter adjustable terralogic. Not to mention you can turn the lock off and have a regular fork as well.
The lockout may be the first to go, but i really don't see that happening with the fox, this sucker is soo rugged. Should be covered under warranty anyways.
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Sparks, you are correct. With almost all lockouts, If you have a big enough hit, it will activate to protect the internals. With the fox, you can set how big a hit it reacts to, put it on lockout and you have your cheaper and lighter adjustable terralogic. Not to mention you can turn the lock off and have a regular fork as well.
The lockout may be the first to go, but i really don't see that happening with the fox, this sucker is soo rugged. Should be covered under warranty anyways.
That is a very good idea! Regardless, you can't go wrong with a Fox, IMHO.
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Old 10-29-04, 04:34 PM   #22
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I weigh about 200, im going to ride the bike throught the winter, some downtown urban stuff, but we have some cobblestone streets, and also some rooty single track. There is no elevation changes down here in Savannah. I'm a road racer, looking for something to keep me entertained thu the winter.

Looking to spend less than $1,000 for a hardtail, I guess I should change the thread title to "need recommendation for hardtail under 1k"
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Sid Race are really only for less than 80kg riders. Mine are good but have had bushes replaced and still shudder. I also rarley use lock out. I probbably would not put discs on them either.

Go the next model `down` and they will be slightly heavier but more robust. Cheaper to fix too.
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The SID Race doesn't offer a remote lockout feature, but does it offer a lockout feature of any kind? Rockshox's website isn't all that informative about such things, so I was curious. I'd almost go with the Reba over the SID simply because it's a little heavier, but can also be had in the U-turn with pop-loc lockout as well. Adjustable travel + remote lockout. Nice fork and not as fragile as the SID has a reputation for being.
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Old 10-30-04, 03:19 AM   #25
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I just don't understand that...SID=Fragile...WTF then why do ppl buy em?
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