A Rock Shox was an option on the Aquila when I bought mine a decade ago but can't remember what model. It is currently 1 1/8" threaded and I am willing to go threadless unless I was confident the threaded fork I might buy would fit. I have recently started riding again and noticed there is more flex in the neck than I like. That is part of the reason I would be willing to go threadless, to get a stiffer stem.
I have a tight budget, probably less than 125.00 + the dollars to convert it to a threadless configuration.
I was looking on the 'Bay but there are so many variations it is just mind boggling.
I would appreciate suggestions for makes/models and I will go back and research the specifics and ask additional questions later.
I honestly do not understand why there is no response to, or advice on this question. In fact, forget the freakin question and just tell me why nobody on the board will help. Is the question to mundane? Has the question been answered often already? Is the question to difficult? Is it the title, maybe is should be "I have 2K to spend on a fork, which model has the longest stroke and feels the best". I see responses to the most ridiculous **** on a daily basis but when a person posts a legit question, well...fukit.
His second response was PM, not AM. He gave it a while.
Yes, the question has been answered quite a few times, but still:
You probably won't find a really good fork for under 125, probably a Rock Shox Judy TT or an RST.
I think to convert to threadless you just need a threadless headset, but I know close to nothing about that stuff.
Your bike is a decade old. Any new fork will be FAR in excess of the amount of travel designed into the front end of your frame thereby totally SCREWING the handling of your bike. You're much better off converting that bike into a commuter and buying a new bike.
Hey PC and climbo, haven't learned to read yet??? like I said, absolutely moronic posts generate more activity than a legitimate call for help.
MadMan, I will look at the Judy and RST, if either can be had cheap, I would consider it.
Raiyn, how much travel was the Aquila designed for, or any 500.00 hardtail in 1996? It seems that 2" was about normal but then, it's been 10 years since I bought the bike and I don't remember. A lot of NOS parts show up on Ebay, I don't need to buy a corrent fork.
hey Fatn40, you went off first. Nobody responds in one day and you get all pissed off, well too bad. I'm not here to compare response statistics. Some of us don't read every forum every day so have a bit of patience, don't be so quick to slam the forum/posters and you might get some help. You said it...fukit... so what, now you still want advice?
My advice is to first measure your steerer tube, if it's 1" you're screwed, 1.125" is trhe standard these days.
plus you'd need a new stem and headset to go threadless. You'd also need your steerer tube milled out to accept a threadless fork. If all this added up to say, 3 hundred bucks, you'd be better off getting a new bike, the Gary Fisher Marlin for example is only $470 with a Manitou 100mm travel fork.
Then the RST is not an economical solution either. I have survived this long without a front suspension, c1984 and the Aquila is in very good condition so I will keep riding it as is. With the exception of swapping the grip shift for rapid-fire.