Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

Front Suspension Fork

Notices
Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

Front Suspension Fork

Old 07-06-20, 11:39 AM
  #1  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Front Suspension Fork

As of now I been riding my Marin Rock Springs 2 for about 15 miles a day on general trail conditions. I am currently riding on a Rockshox Recon TK 100mm 29 inch fork. I really what to upgrade to something that is at least 120mm but don't know if is worth the money. Any options would be great.
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-07-20, 12:23 PM
  #2  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Ok, well does it help if I said that my price point is anything under $500?
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-07-20, 03:01 PM
  #3  
trailangel
Senior Member
 
trailangel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 4,250

Bikes: Schwinn Varsity

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1576 Post(s)
Liked 293 Times in 186 Posts
That's about a $300 fork, and it's not bad....Solo Air right?
Do you have the shock pump, and/or tried adjusting the rebound damper?
100mm travel is typical for a trail or crosscountry bike.
IMO it's not worth spending the extra $ for a new fork, and buyer beware when purchasing used forks.
Keep riding it and save for another bike.
Maybe a slightly larger and cushier front tire would help.
trailangel is offline  
Old 07-07-20, 03:32 PM
  #4  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I'm having trouble uploading more pictures, but I manage to get this one through.
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-07-20, 03:35 PM
  #5  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
That's about a $300 fork, and it's not bad....Solo Air right?
Do you have the shock pump, and/or tried adjusting the rebound damper?
100mm travel is typical for a trail or crosscountry bike.
IMO it's not worth spending the extra $ for a new fork, and buyer beware when purchasing used forks.
Keep riding it and save for another bike.
Maybe a slightly larger and cushier front tire would help.
No it doesn't use a shock pump, and yes I have adjusted the rebound all the way over to the picture of a rabbit. Also what tire should I get for front wheel?
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-07-20, 06:12 PM
  #6  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Here are some more pictures; I hope it is helpful.

SoldSpartan is offline  
Likes For SoldSpartan:
Old 07-07-20, 06:29 PM
  #7  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 11,056

Bikes: Schwinn Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Diamondback Expert TG, Burley Samba

Mentioned: 65 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2017 Post(s)
Liked 593 Times in 411 Posts
“Rabbit” is the bounciest setting. Are you sure you’ve got it set up to your best advantage? It’s not a turd, just not fancy.
Darth Lefty is offline  
Old 07-07-20, 10:44 PM
  #8  
70sSanO
Senior Member
 
70sSanO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Mission Viejo
Posts: 2,210

Bikes: 1986 Cannondale SR400 (Flat bar commuter), 1988 Cannondale Criterium XTR, 1992 Serotta T-Max, 1995 Trek 970

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 480 Post(s)
Liked 217 Times in 161 Posts
If you are going longer, you have to consider how the change will effect the bike’s handling. It used to be 20mm was the rule of thumb for the max increase in travel. The big question is how does the bike handle with 100mm?

Going to 120mm may have a slight impact, as you go longer the head angle just keeps getting shallower and the steering gets slower.

John
70sSanO is offline  
Old 07-07-20, 11:57 PM
  #9  
Amt0571
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Catalonia
Posts: 535

Bikes: Canyon Grand Canyon AL SL 8.0, Btwin Ultra 520 AF GF, Dahon Mu P27, Triban Road 7

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 205 Post(s)
Liked 84 Times in 56 Posts
I wouldn't upgrade for an extra 20mm of travel. If I upgraded I would do it for a better fork even if it still was 100mm.

Have you measured if you're using all the travel the fork provides? Maybe you need a softer or stronger spring. That's way cheaper than a new fork.

Last edited by Amt0571; 07-10-20 at 03:21 AM.
Amt0571 is offline  
Old 07-08-20, 07:30 AM
  #10  
Wooderson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 16 Posts
You haven't said what you don't like about the current fork, or what you're trying to achieve with the new fork.

Speeding up the rebound makes shocks bouncy, like a pogo stick. Shocks will feel smoother if you slow down the rebound. You don't want to go so slow that it can't recover between hits.

Like someone else said, you can probably change out the coil, and sometimes you can get spacers to increase stiffness.

It just depends on what you're after.

As for tires, that depends on the terrain type and your riding style, but a fatter tire (if you have space) will improve traction and comfort, which sort of goes hand in hand with the fork. If you're not running tubeless yet, that's a consideration as well (assuming your rims are compatible).
Wooderson is offline  
Likes For Wooderson:
Old 07-08-20, 10:42 AM
  #11  
grubetown
Senior Member
 
grubetown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 15 Posts
Originally Posted by Wooderson View Post
You haven't said what you don't like about the current fork, or what you're trying to achieve with the new fork.

Speeding up the rebound makes shocks bouncy, like a pogo stick. Shocks will feel smoother if you slow down the rebound. You don't want to go so slow that it can't recover between hits.

Like someone else said, you can probably change out the coil, and sometimes you can get spacers to increase stiffness.

It just depends on what you're after.

As for tires, that depends on the terrain type and your riding style, but a fatter tire (if you have space) will improve traction and comfort, which sort of goes hand in hand with the fork. If you're not running tubeless yet, that's a consideration as well (assuming your rims are compatible).
Great advice!
grubetown is offline  
Old 07-08-20, 11:43 AM
  #12  
Leebo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 5,703

Bikes: Kona Dawg, Surly 1x1, Karate Monkey, Rockhopper, Crosscheck , Burley Runabout,

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 845 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 59 Posts
What is it about the current setup that's not good?
Leebo is offline  
Old 07-08-20, 12:01 PM
  #13  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
What is it about the current setup that's not good?
There nothing about it that is bad just want to get more out of what I could get.
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-08-20, 12:04 PM
  #14  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Any recommendations for a cushier front tire?
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-08-20, 05:36 PM
  #15  
Leebo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 5,703

Bikes: Kona Dawg, Surly 1x1, Karate Monkey, Rockhopper, Crosscheck , Burley Runabout,

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 845 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 59 Posts
What ever is bigger that fits. Big fan of Maxxis. Running tubeless? Psi used? Fork set up correctly for your weight and riding style?
Leebo is offline  
Old 07-08-20, 11:37 PM
  #16  
cpach
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mt Shasta, CA, USA
Posts: 1,751

Bikes: Too many. Cannondale SuperSix, Trek Remedy 8, Trek Crossrip+ get the most ride time.

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 388 Post(s)
Liked 152 Times in 123 Posts
Take note that the fact that your bike has a straight headtube and your current front wheel has a QR makes your bike not upgradeable to most mid-end current forks. In fact, searching, I only found one 29", straight steerer, air sprung 120mm fork: https://takeahikeshop.com/products/m...gle%20Shopping. You can find a number of decent options in 100mm travel. Radically altering the travel of a bike in most cases is inadvisable.

Really your bike is not a great upgrade platform. Also in general, upgrading right off the bat is inadvisable as bike brands can buy parts much cheaper than you can. You should buy a bike of the general quality level you intend to ride.
cpach is offline  
Old 07-08-20, 11:44 PM
  #17  
base2 
Random Internet Person.
 
base2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,347

Bikes: 5 good ones, and the occasional project.

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 690 Post(s)
Liked 267 Times in 164 Posts
Since when does a Recon not use a shock pump? Mine is set at 120psi cause I'm a fat clown, and my wife has hers at around 90psi 'cause she is normal person weight.

Having said that: Read the owners manual. When broken down for rebuild (every 50 hours use) you can swap around the internal spacers to select 80, 100, & 120mm of travel.

Good luck.
__________________
My lights are obscenly bright because drivers are dim.

I shouldn't have to "make myself more visible;" Drivers should just stop running people over.
base2 is offline  
Old 07-09-20, 10:16 AM
  #18  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
So basically you guys are saying it's not worth it.
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-09-20, 10:45 AM
  #19  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 11,056

Bikes: Schwinn Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Diamondback Expert TG, Burley Samba

Mentioned: 65 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2017 Post(s)
Liked 593 Times in 411 Posts
Originally Posted by SoldSpartan View Post
So basically you guys are saying it's not worth it.
Kind of, but that’s not all we’re saying. We want you to get the best out of what you have, too. That’s why we are asking what you think is lacking, and talking about changing springs, adjusting damping, all of the things that you can do within its limits. You can also do a rebuild, and even change the oil weight.

On my bike, which I use for light trail and commuting, I have a soft Nobby Nick in the front and a faster tire in the rear. My original WTB Ranger is wearing out, and it will likely be replaced with a hard Rocket Ron just so that the labels match. But every tire manufacturer has tires that are pretty much equivalent to these.

Last edited by Darth Lefty; 07-09-20 at 10:49 AM.
Darth Lefty is offline  
Old 07-09-20, 11:32 AM
  #20  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by cpach View Post
Take note that the fact that your bike has a straight headtube and your current front wheel has a QR makes your bike not upgradeable to most mid-end current forks. In fact, searching, I only found one 29", straight steerer, air sprung 120mm fork: https://takeahikeshop.com/products/m...gle%20Shopping. You can find a number of decent options in 100mm travel. Radically altering the travel of a bike in most cases is inadvisable.

Really your bike is not a great upgrade platform. Also in general, upgrading right off the bat is inadvisable as bike brands can buy parts much cheaper than you can. You should buy a bike of the general quality level you intend to ride.
How do you know all this/ what does QR stand for?

Last edited by SoldSpartan; 07-09-20 at 11:41 AM.
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-09-20, 12:23 PM
  #21  
cpach
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mt Shasta, CA, USA
Posts: 1,751

Bikes: Too many. Cannondale SuperSix, Trek Remedy 8, Trek Crossrip+ get the most ride time.

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 388 Post(s)
Liked 152 Times in 123 Posts
Originally Posted by SoldSpartan View Post
How do you know all this/ what does QR stand for?
I am a professional mechanic and looked at your bike. A qr is a quick release. Front hubs come in both qr and thru axle variants–mid to high end current production forks are nearly all thru axle
cpach is offline  
Old 07-10-20, 10:47 AM
  #22  
grubetown
Senior Member
 
grubetown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 15 Posts
Originally Posted by base2 View Post
Since when does a Recon not use a shock pump? Mine is set at 120psi cause I'm a fat clown, and my wife has hers at around 90psi 'cause she is normal person weight.

Having said that: Read the owners manual. When broken down for rebuild (every 50 hours use) you can swap around the internal spacers to select 80, 100, & 120mm of travel.

Good luck.
There is a coil spring Recon.
grubetown is offline  
Old 07-10-20, 11:19 AM
  #23  
SoldSpartan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Hoschton GA
Posts: 94
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by grubetown View Post
There is a coil spring Recon.
Yes
SoldSpartan is offline  
Old 07-10-20, 11:34 AM
  #24  
base2 
Random Internet Person.
 
base2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,347

Bikes: 5 good ones, and the occasional project.

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 690 Post(s)
Liked 267 Times in 164 Posts
Originally Posted by grubetown View Post
There is a coil spring Recon.
Ok. I learned something new here.
Thanks!
__________________
My lights are obscenly bright because drivers are dim.

I shouldn't have to "make myself more visible;" Drivers should just stop running people over.
base2 is offline  
Likes For base2:
Old 07-10-20, 11:36 AM
  #25  
grubetown
Senior Member
 
grubetown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 15 Posts
Originally Posted by base2 View Post
Ok. I learned something new here.
Thanks!
Thank you for reminder that online forums can be cordial. Have a great weekend!
grubetown is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.