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Old 05-21-15, 07:30 AM
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Another new fork thread!

Here is the bike i've been riding and upgrading:
2002 Rockhopper Comp.



I've had the bike about 6 months, and when I got it was all stock and lightly ridden. I've made a lot of changes. Like installing Avid BB7 disk brakes, and Avid Speed dial levers. Better wheels, wider bars, and a shorter stem. Jagwire ripcord cables and housings all around. I replaced the Specialized in house crankset with a Deore LX set and a BBG bashguard, and installed SPD pedals among other things.

I really like the geometry of the bike, and have been looking to complete the build with a more modern fork. The old Manitou coil fork on the bike really doesn't seem terrible, but I haven't really ridden any nicer forks, so I don't know what I should expect. Initially I wanted to go with a Rockshox Reba but its hard to find deals on them with straight 1 1/8 steerer's. So for a Reba I am looking at at least about $300.00, which is quite a bit for a 13 year old Rockhopper. I would like to keep the cost down to about $200, and am thinking about this one instead of the Reba:

Rockshox XC32TK Forks - 26" | Merlin Cycles

What do you guys think? Is it a good fork (albeit not super light), that will noticeably improve the ride (at least $200 worth of improvement). I do ride fairly aggressively, and though I am not going to do any huge jumps, or drops I don't hesitate to get a couple/few feet in the air and pound through some rock gardens. But I am pretty light, about 145lbs if that makes a difference. Also, I am certainly open to suggestions for other options as well.
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Old 05-21-15, 08:09 AM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Manitou-.../330941984138?

It's a few hundred grams lighter, has adjustable preload, rebound and compression with lockout, to get similar dampers in a Rockshox fork you'd have to get something like a Reba, some people say the ABS+ is better.
* The ABS+ compression adjuster on the crown gives a bit more adjustment then what the remote does.


The XC32 is a basic fork with adjustable preload, rebound and a lockout, it's nothing special.

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You chose parts wisely and did not over build it, It looks good and you like it,, good Job !

Options, The fork you got now ,,, thought about just rebuilding it ? But the fork (Rockshox) you are looking at should be fine.

I ride a Rockshox XC 30 and am happy with it, I don't hunt for much air time except when the trail puts me up there.
I am 173 pounds plus gear and ride single track on a full squish, have never had a suspension problem or wanted for more, I do know how to ride light tho..

I wouldn't put a $300-$350 plus fork on my bike but the XC 32,, yep I'd do that..

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Are you against going used? 26er stuff is out of fashion so you should be able to score a nice used for on ebay or whatever pretty cheap. I bought a really nice Manitou r7 platinum for I think $90 shipped 2 years ago.
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Thanks for responses guys!

cobba - That does look like a nice fork you linked. I am definitely getting tempted to up my budget just a bit and might buy it. Before I do what do you guys think about this fork:

2014 Manitou R7 Pro 100mm ABS Milo 26" MTB Bike Disc Fork Uncut White Lockout | eBay

It is really light and to me looks to have many of the features of the Marvel (though maybe I am wrong). It does have only 30mm stanchions as opposed to the 32 on the Marvel, but I'm not a heavy guy so maybe it doesn't matter.

You chose parts wisely and did not over build it, It looks good and you like it,, good Job !
Thanks for the compliments. I definitely have tried to be thrifty and look for good deals on ebay and craigslist, with some of the parts being lightly used. I try to keep in perspective what I could have gotten if I had bought a new bike instead. I only have about $400.00 or so into the bike now, including purchase. So if I do spend $200.00 -$300.00 on a new fork, I will have a really solid bike, with a way nicer fork than I would get if I had spent the $600-$700.00 on a bike from a shop. I guess a new bike would have bigger wheels (some might consider a plus), and probably cheap hydraulic discs (some might consider a plus).

Are you against going used? 26er stuff is out of fashion so you should be able to score a nice used for on ebay or whatever pretty cheap. I bought a really nice Manitou r7 platinum for I think $90 shipped 2 years ago.
Definitely not against going with a lightly used fork and I have been looking, but I just don't see anything good. And summer is here so I don't want to wait much longer. There have been some new take off Reba's auctioning on ebay, but they are still not going for all that cheap, and its hard to find a good match with those because some have been cut too short and some have tapered steerer tubes.
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That R7 is a good price.

The M30 is another one if you don't mind 30mm stanchions, it's a OE version of the R7.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Manitou-.../360953091286?

The Marvel I linked is a OE model too, you can find a bit more info about them in the 2015 Hayes Catalog:

http://www.axoreo.com/Hayes_2015_LoRes8_11_14.pdf
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Don't worry about your brakes, the BB7 will get the job done just fine. Keep the cables clean once lubed a small dab of thick grease at each housing end will help keep the dirt out a little longer,,or better yet run teflon cables, no lube ever !

Hydro is nice and easy to modulate smoothly, I use one finger on the front brake and two on the back for a good feel and all the power I need I can lock them all too easy with just a few fingers,,,

Seems I remember riding my BB7's the same way,,one finger front and two back. Never a problem.

Brakes are overrated anyway, all they do is slow you down
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Well guys, maybe I fell off the deep end. But I just pulled the trigger on a Rockshox Reba Team fork. Should arrive in about a week! I had to spend just a little more, $310 with free-shipping from ebay. It was a new take-off. The good news is that I think it is already cut to exactly the length I need it and has a star-nut already installed. So it's probably actually better that its a take off. I justified it to myself because It was really only a little more than those Manitou forks I was looking at by the time I factor shipping for those. And, I figure it will probably have a little higher resale value when I buy a new bike in a year or two (graduating from engineering school in about a year) if I decide I want to sell it. Quality forks with 1 1/8 steerers seem to be getting more scarce, so I think it may maintain its value pretty well.

Seems I remember riding my BB7's the same way,,one finger front and two back. Never a problem.
Ya, I am actually really happy with my BB7's. I did use some really high quality compression-less cables with a Teflon coating, and I think it makes a big difference. I've never used hydraulic disk brakes, but I find my mechanical s have more than sufficient power with 1 or 2 fingers.
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