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Old 11-06-04, 03:45 PM   #1
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Question about Forks - :P

OK Guys, I realise that Everhbody hates these two questions, whats a good starter bike, and what fork is best for me.

Ive searched the forums and i couldnt find anything, in the near future ( as soon as i save up the funds more like) I will be purchasing a new FR frame to stick on my highly modded Specialized as ive sort of liked changed displines in the last couple of months, and i dont think my HR frame is going to last much longer with the beating im giving it lol.

But, as usual, when purchasing a Frame you want a new fork aswell ( well i do) because i dont really want to stick the only stock part on my Hr, apart from the frame, the fork onto a FR Hardtail Frame for obvious reasons the RST has served me well, but i think its time for a replacement.

Anyways, i have already decided on a frame, I want to get a Craftworks Rail Frame, i love those Frames and look so beefy and ideal for what i want as i love HT's and cant afford a FS so this is a good Frame for me, I read in a book that iots pretty heavy, this doesnt bother me, but does anybody know how heavy it is?

Back to the question, I need a fork to stick on this beast, and as im still working on a budget I was looking at the DJ series, but realised these arent really what i want as they are pretty heavy, and are designed for Dirt jumping.

I then looked at the Shiver SC, which i think is such a nice looking fork, but I have never tried one, would this be ok for a FR rig? but i dont always do fr, i often do longish rides of maybe 40 miles, but these are slowly getting phased out as they are starting to bore me and ive developed a taste for throwing me and my bike of the highest walls or drops that I can find

I then looked at the Z1 range, these look nice, but i dont know anything about them, can anybody tell me anything about these forks?

And last but not least, is the new marzocchi All-mountain Range, the all mountain 3 looks nice, i dont really want to break the bank buying these bits, so can anybody suggest a fork that they would use in a similar situation to what i am in please....

Not sure but you may need it, im 13 stone and 5 ft 8 inches tall.....
Any help is GREATLY appreciated because im really really stuck..

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Old 11-06-04, 03:50 PM   #2
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Id go for a z1....great forks. They have a bit more travel than the Shiver, stiffer, less likely to scratch the stanctions. If you were just riding street and DJing, id say go for the Shiver or Dirtjumper. As much as I like Dirtjumpers...the Z1s are in a totally different league.
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I dont understand how the Axle going through the middleof the fork works, how does that then fit onto your bike and wheel?
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Ok.

A quick release is just a removable 9mm axle with a skewer on it I believe. A 20mm is a solid axle with no skewer. You remove the axle, set the wheel in the 20mm dropout, place the axle through the dropout, and then it goes through the wheel, and comes out on the other side...where you screw a cap to tighten it down. Then you have pinch bolts just to back the other one up, and remove vertical play. It is a much stiffer system then a 9mm quick release....you might need to re-lace your wheel with a 20mm hub though.
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hmmmm, sounds expensive
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How much are you looking to spend...im sure youd be able to find something.
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Well, the frame is 260, and possibly 300-350 for the fork? I cant really afford the spend much more than that as i have no money and this is going to take me a few months to save, but i like to rganise what im buying so i like to sort it all out in good time of me saving, gives me incentive to continue to save
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The only Marz fork that i can find on a british site is o4 Z1 Drop off for 280 on close out, seems like a nice fork, i havent upgraded my wheelset yet, havent seen the need to, for some reason the alex rims on my bike are holding up really really well to the beating i am giving them.

next problem is if they wil still be there by the time i save up for them, i may have to buy them and save up for the frame after...
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About the 20mm axle...is it possible to convert a hub from 9mm QR to 20mm? It looks like I could just pull out the axle and refit some parts. (XT hub specifically). I haven't seen any conversion kits...do they exist? Thanks
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Search ridemonkey.com, hcor.net or pinkbike.com for a Z1, you might be able to get a used one that is in good shape for cheap.
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Konarider, I cant really do that because im From the UK, so I cant accsess the sites and purchase the same things as i get killed on shipping lol, thanks anyway though, ill keep an eye out for the forks on a british site...

Next thing, As you suggested the Z1, i decided that i would buy a Z1 Freeride SL 2004 for 280, but ive been looking around today and found a marzocchi Droppoff comp 2004, i was wandering, what difference in erformance is there out of the two, and is it worth paying the extra 90 for the Z1 if the Drop off is good enough?
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