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Old 09-23-14, 05:08 PM   #1
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Air Fork For 2014 Rockhopper Comp

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First post here I got recommended to here by my brother! I have been looking for some air forks for my 2014 rockhopper comp! I currently have xc28 forks! Any recommendations? How much should I spend? What is the lowest I should spend? I am looking for hopefully around $200! ALSO! I have been wanting to try out new springs in my xc28 because the ones I have right now are WAY to firm. I weight 100lb and I have been using firm springs since I have gotten the bike in march. The forks only move MAYBE 40mm! Where are reputable places to buy bike stuff? I prefer amazon but I dont think I can find any! I am looking for either green or yellow. WIll green be to soft? Thanks for the help in advance!
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Old 09-23-14, 11:14 PM   #2
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Don't buy a cheap fork. Just, don't...

Seriously, save more money, triple your budget (it sounds worse than it is since your budget is already really small) and buy a RS Reba or a recon gold R or RL
I keep telling people, it is not the spring in the fork what matters! Ok, it matters a little but if you get any solo air from RS they are basically pretty same in function. What matters a LOT is the damping system. You want to have a an adjustable compression damper and a rebound damper. IN cheap forks you usually just get a rebound damper and that's just not enough. You need to compensate with a higher air pressure and you end up with a harsh feeling fork.

You can deal with your current fork until you get a proper air fork in it. Think of it as a kind of a rigid.

You may now think that you're not yet on a level which would warrant a good fork. You might not be, but you will be. And a Reba will be very good even quite experienced riders. There are always better forks but when considering cost/quality a reba is the way to go in my opinion. Or an X-fusion but those cost a bit more.

There are also manitou forks of which some models are said to be very good with a decent price but I can't comment on those since I've never owned a manitou.
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A Manitou Minute will run you a little under $300 and is a good fork I had an older one. The Manitou Match is also suppose to be a good fork and is around $200 but it is a spring fork. The Suntour Epicon is an air fork you can pick up for $200 or under. Some people say it isn't worth it while others say for $200 it is damn good, I've never ridden one.
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