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Old 05-14-02, 12:32 PM   #1
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700C suspension fork

Are there any good suspension forks for 700C wheels?
I am thinking of putting one on a Marin Tiburon which is basically cyclocross geometry
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Honestly I don't know. I do remember Rock Shox made the "RUBY" I think a couple of years ago for touring bikes and rough roads. I don't know if they're still in production.

I DO know that 29inchers are becoming more popular and are basically mt bikes with 700c wheels. That means that a few companies are starting to make them. I know Marzocchi makes on that comes on the Gary Fisher 29'ers.

I don't know how this will work on a road bike regarding geometry. I have a feeling it'll slacken the steering head tube angle by a degree or more and may make the bike handle much slower.

I'd check out www.fisherbikes.com or www.marzocchi.com to see.

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Old 05-14-02, 01:15 PM   #3
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Thanks a2psyklnut

The only one I can find is the RockShox Metro which is kind of low-end - I want something that is up to forest trails etc and which is adjustable and reliable.


I see on another thread front suspension is frowned upon for the road ... can't see why if the fork is light and stiff, I only want one that give my wrists a break.
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You may want to check into a suspension stem. I have seen a few on mtn bikes, but honestly have no idea if they work well, or are worth the money.
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Far as I know they don't work and ain't worth the money! Might try a carbon bar...
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Hey chicken, how much does the Tiburon MSRP for? It's a great looking bike!

Are you familar with the Point Reyes? do you know how much that is? I'm looking for something similar....something between a mt. bike and a road bike....i want the speed of a road but the toughness of the mt. bike.....do you think drop bars are better since you have many hand postion options?
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The Tiburon is 1095 which is probably about US$1600 unless Marin are just ripping us Anglos off.
The bike is very much a road bike or maybe more like a cyclocross frame - 71 degree head, 73 degree seat tube angle - these are pretty laid back angles, not like a twitchy road race bike.
It has a flat bar.

It does what it says it does - fast road bike with relaxed ATB sitting position. Although the seat stays etc are pretty sturdy I would be wary of taking this thing on anything rougher than fire roads in forests etc.
However I have given those incredibly light looking Shimano wheels a hell of a beating and they have stuck it well.

One thing I would say though: you have a LOT more flexibility for the future if you get a 26" MTB size wheeled bike - there is a much greater range of rims and tyres and suspension forks in this size.

Another thing - it is a very striking bike in the flesh and it is a bike theifs dream here in London - I know of 2 guys who got tiburons at the same shop around the same time as me who got them stolen a few days later - not for parking anywhere.

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By the way I contacted Marin who said there was no problem geometry - wise putting a short travel fork on a Tiburon.

Sadly they didn't tell me who makes a good one.
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I just read this post and right now on ebay is a susp. fork for a cyclocross bike. Here is the link for the auction.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=1828675105
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There are quite a few forks that are made for 700cc wheel
Rockshock, manitou etc
but I think they are all heavy, there is no need for such a heavy duty suspenision fork for a cyclocross, road bike
so far, I found the cannadale headshock to be most suitable, But I dont know how much and where I can buy it. Anyone know the answers?
check their website for more details
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Try a fat tire, 2x handlebar tape or some other method. A 700c fork is heavy, slow and pretty useless.
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Try a fat tire, 2x handlebar tape or some other method. A 700c fork is heavy, slow and pretty useless.
Seconded. The Tiburon seems to come with idiotic 28mm tyres - idiotic because the only advantage the narrower tyres have is a cut in air resistance, which is pointless in a bike with the Tib's upright rider position. Put high quality 35 to 40mm tyres on, if they'll fit. Braking and cornering will improve as well as comfort.
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Seconded. The Tiburon seems to come with idiotic 28mm tyres - idiotic because the only advantage the narrower tyres have is a cut in air resistance, which is pointless in a bike with the Tib's upright rider position. Put high quality 35 to 40mm tyres on, if they'll fit. Braking and cornering will improve as well as comfort.
Not sure where you got that from... Also not sure why you'd revive a thread from 8 years ago.
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Not sure where you got that from...
You're probably not sure of a lot of things. In this case the answer is from the tyre makers technical docs that you never bothered reading.

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Also not sure why you'd revive a thread from 8 years ago.
The thread was at the top of the page when I logged in. Some kind of server glitch is my guess why.
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