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Old 05-29-09, 01:48 PM
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Help me narrow the suspension fork choices, please.

Which is the best used fork with 100mm or less travel for about $100. I plan to ride mostly mountain bike trails. I'm interested in low maintenance and reliability. I would also like a light weight fork.
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Old 05-29-09, 01:55 PM
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why dont you go look through ebay and cl first and come back with some options
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thats a lot of expectations for a $100 fork it sounds like lofnsjoke is right, check out CL and eBay
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Originally Posted by lofnsjoke View Post
why dont you go look through ebay and cl first and come back with some options
Hi Lofnsjoke, at this point I really don't know what I'm looking at. I'd like to get a light weight used fork, that is reliable, relatively maintenance free, has lockout, for around $100.
Thanks for your help,
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Old 05-29-09, 05:21 PM
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You can look, but you might end up wanting a rigid eventually. around 50$ and far lighter than anything your gonna find in that price range. Unless your super lucky.
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Actually, a rigid fork meets his criteria.

Making it my recommendation.
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Drop 50 for a nice rigid, another 50 for a nice beefy tire and tube.
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only thing I can think of for around 100 is a rock shox dart.... it's not the best, but it's cheap.
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How about a Manitou Black?
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Whaddabout the Tora:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rock-Shox-TORA-2...3%3A1|294%3A50
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
good deal if you need 7 1/2 inch steerer tube .. better act quick as there is an offer pending.
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I got a tora 289 u-turn for $50 the other day.
Super awesome.
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If you're looking to put it on the Fisher you just bought, that bike originally came with a 65mm and is a fairly agressive XC frame. If it were mine, I'd be looking at an 80mm not a 100mm fork to try to keep the geometry intact.. That said, nothing new that I could recommend at your price point, I'd look at what's out there used.

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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
If you're looking to put it on the Fisher you just bought, that bike originally came with a 65mm and is a fairly agressive XC frame. If it were mine, I'd be looking at an 80mm not a 100mm fork to try to keep the geometry intact.. That said, nothing new that I could recommend at your price point, I'd look at what's out there used.

-R
Thanks for bringing my attention the 80mm fork travel, yes it's for the G.F. Mt. Tam. I do want to keep the Genesis Geometry intact.
I'm willing to spend more than $100., but I do want to economize. So I intend on buying a used shock. Which forks can you recommend for durability, and ease of maintenance?
Thanks again,
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Well, for durability and low maintenance, a simple coil sprung fork with no damping ability will be cheap, somewhat durable, and have very little to go wrong. Performance won't be great, though.

It's really a tradeoff...

Edit: Oh, and you want light weight, and with a lockout?

Cheap, durable, lightweight, lockout. Pick any three and it might happen...good luck finding a fork meeting all three criteria.

Though...I did just buy a Fox F80 RLT for $100...so it's possible.

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Originally Posted by kramnnim View Post
Well, for durability and low maintenance, a simple coil sprung fork with no damping ability will be cheap, somewhat durable, and have very little to go wrong. Performance won't be great, though.

It's really a tradeoff...

Edit: Oh, and you want light weight, and with a lockout?

Cheap, durable, lightweight, lockout. Pick any three and it might happen...good luck finding a fork meeting all three criteria.

Though...I did just buy a Fox F80 RLT for $100...so it's possible.
Thanks kramnnim. I think the Fox F80 RLT, would work for me. In addition to the getting the features mentioned at a affordable price, I was told that I need a fork with at least a 8.5" steerer since my head tube is 5.5", and have seen few forks with short travel, 80mm or less, and along steerer. I'll just have to keep looking.
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Old 06-02-09, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
If you're looking to put it on the Fisher you just bought, that bike originally came with a 65mm and is a fairly agressive XC frame. If it were mine, I'd be looking at an 80mm not a 100mm fork to try to keep the geometry intact.. That said, nothing new that I could recommend at your price point, I'd look at what's out there used.

-R
Here are 3 forks that I'm now considering for the G.F. Mt. Tam. I'm not sure of the travel on the Marzocchi Bomber, does anyone on the forum know what it is?
So, which is a better fork and why?

Marzocchi Bomber

1998 Rock Shox SID

MANITOU SX-Ti

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Originally Posted by Unicornz0 View Post
Here are 3 forks that I'm now considering for the G.F. Mt. Tam. I'm not sure of the travel on the Marzocchi Bomber, does anyone on the forum know what it is?
So, which is a better fork and why?

Marzocchi Bomber

1998 Rock Shox SID

MANITOU SX-Ti

Thanks,
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Which Marzocchi? A whole crapload of their models have "Bomber" printed on 'em.

By the way, the other two you've listed are old, old ,old. I wouldn't even bother.
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If you can stretch your budget out another $90, Jenson has a Marzocchi XC600:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Xc+600+08.aspx

Really, when you think about it, $190 for a brand new fork that works (speaking theoretically, since I have not owned one of those) is still a pretty good deal. I spent that for my first aftermarket fork back in 2000.
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
If you can stretch your budget out another $90, Jenson has a Marzocchi XC600:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Xc+600+08.aspx

Really, when you think about it, $190 for a brand new fork that works (speaking theoretically, since I have not owned one of those) is still a pretty good deal. I spent that for my first aftermarket fork back in 2000.
+1. That is sooo much better than what the OP listed, that I have been knocked senseless. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.........................
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
If you can stretch your budget out another $90, Jenson has a Marzocchi XC600:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Xc+600+08.aspx

Really, when you think about it, $190 for a brand new fork that works (speaking theoretically, since I have not owned one of those) is still a pretty good deal. I spent that for my first aftermarket fork back in 2000.
What do you think of a Rockshox SID Race fork?
I don't know which model the Marazocchi Bomber is, still waiting to hear from the seller. My bike is a 1996 G.F. Mt. Tam, and I'm undecided about trying to keep it as close to stock as possible or to upgrade. Seems like staying closer to stock will cost less.
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Anyone? Never owned a SID but it seems like many, many past owners noted leaks and flexy stanchions as a recurring theme. BTW, that Marz has 32mm stanchions - - that be good.
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Anyone? Never owned a SID but it seems like many, many past owners noted leaks and flexy stanchions as a recurring theme. BTW, that Marz has 32mm stanchions - - that be good.
I just looked at Marz, it has 120mm travel, I need to stay less than 80mm to preserve the Genesis Geometry.
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Are those old model forks you listed new?

If they are used, they will likely be beat or come with issues. May not last long. Parts will be a ***** to find.

Just sayin'.
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Used SID is a bad idea.

Served me well, but used? No way.
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