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Old 07-07-04, 06:41 PM
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Each company makes something for your need. It's finding the fork that best fits your preferences that is in your comfort zone financially. If you broke the fork on your bike and need a fork and you are low on money, your best option would be with a company like RST or you could buy a used fork for cheap. If you want a new fork and you are low on money, save up money for a good fork. If you have alot of money and need/want a new fork, well, the sky is the limit. Just remember to get a fork that will fit your riding style and the type of riding you do. For example, you don't want a Marzocchi Super Monster on a Trek Fuel, just like you don't want a Rock Shox Duke on a Santa Cruz V-10. Longer travel forks will put a stress on the headtube of a bike that was designed for xc. RS duke on a V-10 just looks stupid, and defeats the purpose of a downhill/freeride bike. For those of you in between DH/FR and cross country, about any SC fork will do that has 4-6" of travel. It's just finding a fork that is in your price range. If you find a company you're impressed with stick with them, buyer loyalty is a must. Depending on the fork, there will be lock out.

Agressive/heavier riders will be best off with a coil fork, lighter/xc riders will be best off with an air shock. 200lbs riders on air forks have a greater chance to blow a seal. There is though a movement coming around of Air Sprung forks showing up that can take the abuse abuse of lightweight to lighter moderate freeriding and some downhill, but are actually designed for more aggressive trail riding than freeriding. They can take it, but a coil sprung fork is more ideal for Freeriding and DH*.

To find a geeral price of this product. Ask your local lbs person or check http://mtbr.com.


Here are links to various companies that make Suspension Forks.

Companies:
Manitou
Marzocchi
RockShox
RST
hanebrink
Fox
bombshell
dmr Curnutt
Stratos
Avalanche
White Brothers
Pace
Maverick American
Magura

Companies that refurbish forks/modify them.

Mojo

Romic

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Terms-Taken from Cornell University.

Note:To changes coming this thread is now read only, a new project is being worked on, and when it comes time it will be merged with that project.
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This is an open topic now.
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I saw an '04 rock shox psylo at nashbar for 250 bucks, that seems pretty dang cheap. If only I had money... probably go for the 250GB hard drive for 100 from my boss instead.
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It is now un-stickyfied...
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Since it'll die otherwise, let's revive it by posting pointless stuff (until kona gets upset and bans us and locks the thread).


I guess I find out my grades for the past semester tomorrow. I'll probably have a B or so in C++ Data Structures, and an A in freshman comp *IF* my essays passed the portfolio reading. If it's nice weather, I go in and fasten some bolts down on my boss's roof, then go to scouts... Maybe I'll get it some half-life 2 time, maybe even finish the game, but I doubt that.
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Sweet. Did you get the spicey chicken? Those things rock. Also the frosties are good... the fries smell good, but they're usually crap.
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My favorite is the classic double. mmmmmm classic double

"you cant eat all those hamburgers. silly man. hes doing it!"

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No I got a jr bacon cheeseburger no tomato and a water...I'm broke I bought bike parts.
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Hmm... I need a new avatar. That pink floyd one I made was alright, this current circle one is kinda crappy since whoever made it designed it to be used on a black page instead of a white one...

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Didnt anyone watch the premier of family guy last night?!
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I love myspace..it rocks I've met 3 girls off there by accident...amusingly all while cycling how about that? One on the way back from cycling @ a red light, one while cycling at a park, and another saw me doing that ride I did...ha. Freaksih. Oh well.


I saw the premiere, I downloaded it like a week ago. It was pretty good.
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*jams to "forever I love atlanta (F.I.L.A.)" * I wonder if konarider is going to be disgruntled?
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I wonder if anyone I know uses myspace.. probably not.

I've never seen family guy, maybe I should get an episode or 2.

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Yeah, I think kona will be rather unhappy with us when he gets on. Kona, please don't lock this, we need a thread to post stuff that isn't worth making a new topic, and they won't let us have an official irc channel... or something like that
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I can FXP you the premiere of this season it's like 3 or 400 megs
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This topic on another forum that I saw is funny, even though he didnt mean it to be.

http://www.techimo.com/forum/t141094.html

Gotta love that ending he talks about in the 2nd page, heh.
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that's true geek. hardcore mang.
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Statement...I will be getting a new bike real soon and I am getting the Fox Talas fork on the front and the Fox RP3 on the back(because it would be really hard to do it the other way around ). I have read about aftermarket tuners that can make the fork and shock better buy tuning them exactly to how you ride, your weight...ect.
Question...By doing this will the performance gain be to the point where I will notice or am I just throwing money out the window?
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