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Need Suspension Fork Advice

Old 01-04-12, 08:45 AM
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Need Suspension Fork Advice

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I need a new front suspension fork. Mine is basically last century technology. I'm a cross country type rider who now has lots of time to hit the trail.

Hardtail, 26" and, yes, linear pull brakes. So, I need a fork that has posts, but can be adapted to disc.

Also, max is around 250$

Suggestions?
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Old 01-04-12, 09:51 AM
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You are going to be challenged finding a solid XC fork at that pricepoint. My best recommendation would be Rock Shox Recon-Silver TK SoloAir. It has an MSRP of about $300 and meets the braking requirements you stated. You could drop down to the Rock Shox XC32-TK coil (MSRP $190), but would be removing the air spring from the equation. That would not be recommended, but it would get you to your pricepoint. These both have 1-1/8" steerers.

Just remember, you get what you pay for. And at your pricepoint, if you are truly going to be putting in big miles, it may be better to raise the level of the fork to be sure it can better handle the beating.

Hope this helps.

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Old 01-09-12, 05:11 PM
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As TB, you get what you pay for, all suspension forks now come with disc tabs (with post mount becoming the standard), the problem you will find is finding ones which don't.

The ones which don't are normally the lower end forks, and unless you are buying from a big brand (Rock Shox, Manitou or Marzocchi you won't get a Fox on your budget) most forks can be considered disposable, due to lack of spares availbiltiy, or cost of servicing being so close to replacement, it's not worth it.

The Recon would probably be the best option, but you will have to check the spec's carefully, as just looking on eBay.com, there are a lot out there cheap, but with unusual specs, like 1.5" steerer, and most don't have v-brake mounts. good luck in the search.
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