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Old 09-14-08, 12:49 AM   #1
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whats going to be a good new front shock?

hey guys ive had my hard rock for about a year now and its time to get it upgraded im lookin to get some better performance out of the ****ty rsc fork and i dont want to spend a vast amount of money, because that would mean i would have to sell my paintball gear sad day. and also my brakes are absolutely horrible, like horrid, always have. they take a decent distance to fully stop going about 15-18mph and require alot of force to do so, do i just need new pads or new brakes?
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Old 09-14-08, 02:35 AM   #2
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You might have to spend at least $200 to find a decent fork in which you can feel a definite upgrade over what you have. Or you can go rigid if you don't do much trail riding.

A year is about time to replace pads if you use it daily, like say for commuting, but if not, they probably can last longer than that. Have you tried adjusting them? The difference in stopping power from a perfectly adjusted brake set to a poorly adjusted one is significant.

I started riding off road a while back and desperately needed better stopping power and I ended up upgrading the brakes, the fork (not just for braking power, lol), the levers, and the cables/housings. Every little bit helped, but the adjustments were the most bang for the bunk (free). Right now I have pretty worn pads and I can still stop on a dime. A plus is that if you upgrade your fork, it will most likely be stiffer and will flex less under braking stress which means more efficient stopping though you might not feel the difference entirely.

Look through here.

By the way, do you use the front brake for stopping? You should since it can stop you a lot more efficient than just the rear... look here.
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Old 09-14-08, 11:11 AM   #3
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well i went to whistler and was riding around on the normal trails (no downhill) and ended up breaking my fron axle, rear derailer and losing a bunch of other stuff and so they adjusted my brakes and now they stop much better but i still cant really lock them up like i can with other peoples bikes.
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ff - what exact model & year bike do you have (perhaps an '07 Specialized Hardrock Sport)? If you're not sure, there are photos along with the specs from many years on bikepedia.com .
If you've got V-brakes now, going to disc brakes could make a big difference, but even something as simple as switching pads to Kool Stop Mountain Salmon (color) pads might be enough, along with properly adjusting/tuning up the bike.
How did you break your front axle? A jump?
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