I'll start riding a bit again in a few weeks, some light riding with relatively inexperienced friends. I've been off riding any of my bikes seriously for a long time, and have lost a lot of strength... I can feel it.
I'm looking for something lightweight to plug onto the front which is nevertheless freeridable. I don't think I've lost my technique but I'm nowhere near as strong as I used to be, so I'm considering what to buy to put a couple of my heavy-duty freerides on a diet. Playing mix and match with spares for other areas of the bike at the moment (and I'll probably need to buy new stuff anyway), and bike 1 is a Rocky Mountain Switch with beefed-up specs (which I'll now have to unbeef again), bike 2 is a Santa Cruz Bullit with 888's and other unneccesarily heavy parts for my immediate use.
Are the Mavericks what I should be looking at, or should I play safe and go with the '05 Z1? Given the constant that I have those two frames to play with, what would you put on the front (and other suggestions too... drivetrain, etc if you have them) for a reasonably lightweight true "all-rounder"? I have a lot of spares and parts lying around, but most of it is 2000-2002.
Did I just hear Z1 and light in the same phrase? Just recently ditched my Z1 for a different fork because of the weight. I would look at a Pike if you want a lighter weight 6" coil fork. The mavericks are nice trail forks, I wouldn't consider them freeride forks though IMO.
I got two of the Pike Team and Z1 FR1's in the end, delivered along with my 'bike food' for this year. The truckload (literally) arrived on Friday so I was busy packing everything away and I've just completed plugging the Pike on the Switch and the Z1 on the Bullit. I must say that I miss the actual QR on the QR20 dropouts of the Z1. I've not ridden anything yet, so opinions will have to wait. I was hoping to get one fork for all the similar-class bikes, so that spares were easier to store and deal with, but it's been abandoned. I'll see how I get on with both.
A sign of my rustiness is that I made a very elementary (rescuable... kinda) mistake while fitting one of the Z1's and also made a rather bigger cock-up on the 888RC which will probably need a new steerer/crown assembly... Drat.