Join Date: Jul 2011
Bikes: Santa Cruz Blur TR, Cannondale Quick CX dropbar conversion & others
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Junk fork. Any $300 BD bike will have one. Any sub-$800 bike at a bike shop will have a junk fork too.
For $300, I guess it's fine, but I'd consider upping your budget *and* buying used. You'll get a much better, more trailworthy bike. I assume you intend to ride some of California's awesome singletrack. If you are going to be on a bike path or the road, then the fork doesn't matter.