I'm building up a new hardtail for general XC riding and possibly racing. I was an avid racer about 10 years ago so I know a bit about what parts I'm looking for but I'm lost on suspension forks. My previous bike (which is in pieces in the garage) was equipped with the classic Rock Shox Mag 21 because it was one of only a couple forks made at the time. Things sure have changed!
I remember two main brands of forks, Rock Shox and Manitou. Now, however, I see lots more brands with many more models so I'm looking for advice for a good, durable XC fork for my hardtail. I'm about 180 pounds but I'll lose a good 30 in a few months of training. I've done a bit of reading and am surprised at the rave reviews for Marzocchi forks. I've found some great deals on a Marzocchi MX series from 04. Any comments on that line?