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Old 07-02-22, 06:10 PM
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Help with upgrading front fork

I have a huffy nighthawk from which ik is not a good mountain bike but Iím trying to upgrade it into a pretty good hard tail for trail riding. My next upgrade for it is going to the the front fork. Idk what kind of fork it is and Iíve heard that it is hard to find replacement for it and Iím wondering if itís true. The current fork is a kolo 4200
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Old 07-02-22, 07:29 PM
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Front fork you say? I wouldn't bother upgrading the fork on that bike. I'm quite sure that the frame isn't strong enough for real trail riding and any decent fork you find will cost more than the bike. I just looked online real quick and that thing sells for $125-150. Don't bother spending any money on it, sell it and buy a real bike.
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Old 07-02-22, 08:19 PM
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What you'll spend upgrading that bike you can be in a good used name brand bike
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Old 07-03-22, 08:57 AM
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Like cxwrench said it is not worth it. The bike as a whole is a disposable item not worth putting much time and money into. If you are looking to mountain bike there are plenty of excellent bikes out there designed for that purpose this bike was not in the least. Yes you will spend money to get a good mountain bike but I can assure you that money you spend if you spend enough and get the right bike will get you a bike worth owning a long time and riding a lot and even upgrading at points.

Look for something with an air fork rather than coil springs (generally) and find something with Shimano Deore and above or SRAM NX and above, look for hydraulic disc brakes and if you have the budget a dropper post is quite nice but don't try and cram too much into a tiny budget. The more you add to a bike the more expensive it becomes or the lower the quality becomes. Go to an actual bike shop, wally mart and similar box stores are not bike shops they have no mechanics and even if they assemble bikes on site that word assembly is used pretty loosely and they aren't looking over the bikes at point of sale or really at any point, they are churning them out quickly as they get paid by the bike in a lot of cases so taking your time and doing it right is just not part of the program. Even if they did the parts that come on it are disposable they aren't designed to work well or last they are designed to be as cheap as possible.

If you are really on a super tight budget find a local bike co-op and see if they have anything you can help restore or find someone maybe at your local shop who can help consult for money or food or beer or something and find an older bike that is in good shape.
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Old 07-04-22, 07:35 AM
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+1 bike co-op
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Old 07-04-22, 10:26 AM
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As others have said, you are spending money on a bike that is not high quality. There is a difference between an older quality 26” mtb and cheap 26” mtb.

If you are upgrading just for the sake of it. Don’t waste your time on a new fork. A co-op is a good idea. Unfortunately cheap higher quality vintage forks in excellent condition are no longer throw aways. And maintenance is an issue.

Keep riding your Huffy and keep your eye out for a good 10 year old, or so, 29er. Mtb’s have changed so much in recent times that older, but not yet “vintage” bikes are not in as much demand, pandemic issues aside.

Most stuff goes from a cheap people no longer wanting it to a highly nostalgic expensive collectible, you just need to get one when it has fallen out of favor.

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Old 07-04-22, 11:07 AM
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Forks are expensive. Frames are cheap. I'd also just look for another bike that is already what you want it to be.

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Old 07-04-22, 12:48 PM
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I agree with everyone else. Just for fun I read customer reviews of this bike on Walmart. There were a lot of good reviews but an alarming amount of bad ones... Really bad.. like catastrophic failure of wheels over the smallest of bumps . Overall complaints about quality from top to bottom. And many times these were happening the bike was basically still brand new!
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