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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Trek Marlin 7 Fork BROKEN

    Hey guys,

    My OEM Trek Marlin 7 fork broke a while ago. On the 'lock-out side', the fork kinda exploded and broke. The lockout and a metal rod attached to it busted out while riding. This exact same thing happened to a friend of mine with the same bike today so I was interested if this happened to anyone else... Real bummer.

    Let me know if this has happened with your bike

    Thanks

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    If it is a Suntour XCT/XCM then what you really have is a bike path fork and not really an offroad fork. It isn't really made for that and therefore it will break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huckleberry hound View Post
    If it is a Suntour XCT/XCM then what you really have is a bike path fork and not really an offroad fork. It isn't really made for that and therefore it will break.
    It's a Rockshox "XC 30" although it doesnt have any model number pin etc so its an OEM one.

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    This isn't uncommon with cheap forks on beginner bikes that get used on real MTB trails. Especially if they get any age on them and don't get some oil put in them. Unfortunately, it's the reason expensive forks are expensive. If you get to looking for a quality replacement that won't cost you as much as the bike, check out Manitou forks. Specifically, the Marvel series has been an exceptional value for me.

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    Look on the back of the right (I think right, maybe left) fork lower. There will be a sticker that reads something along the lines of "WARNING: not to be used for jumps, drops, or hard riding of any kind"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnoowMTB View Post
    It's a Rockshox "XC 30" although it doesnt have any model number pin etc so its an OEM one.
    That is their lowest level fork. You are riding it beyond it's capabilities.

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    how long have you had the bike? it's possible that you were pushing the fork beyond what it was designed to do by your weight or your riding style. How heavy are you and what level of riding were you doing?

    have you ridden trails with it locked out?

    however, if it's withing the appropriate warranty period, you should be able to take it to the Trek dealer where you bought (assuming your bought it new) it and ask them to process a warranty claim. I have found that Trek and Rock Shox are both pretty generous with their warranties if you have a bike shop that will advocate for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    how long have you had the bike? it's possible that you were pushing the fork beyond what it was designed to do by your weight or your riding style. How heavy are you and what level of riding were you doing?

    have you ridden trails with it locked out?

    however, if it's withing the appropriate warranty period, you should be able to take it to the Trek dealer where you bought (assuming your bought it new) it and ask them to process a warranty claim. I have found that Trek and Rock Shox are both pretty generous with their warranties if you have a bike shop that will advocate for you.
    I've had the bike since black friday. (About 7 months ago) I rode the bike on trails about 8 times until I bought a full suspension trail bike. The trails were blues, so not that gnarly. A few rocky drops and jumps but nothing crazy. After that I just used it for street riding and practicing jibs like manuals, wheelies, etc. I never really 'abused' the bike that badly...
    I weigh about 180-200 pounds, its been a while since I checked haha. And no I have only used the lock-out about 2 times and it was on uphill fire roads.

    I brought the bike to the shop I bought it from and they are dealing with Trek to get it warrantied. I was just wondering if this was a common thing.

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