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    29er forks, help!

    I recently bought a 2013 cannondale trail 6. Im a poor college student and I needed a new bike in the worst way, so I had to go a little cheap, I know. But the forks that come standard on this bike just arent cutting it. I like a more firm ride in the front end. I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions on a cheaper set of forks i could buy to help with this problem? Rockshox XC 32 100mm, maybe?

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    I think SunTour also has some new low cost forks.

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    Random Bike Parts has a RockShox Recon Gold solo air at 3.5lbs. for 240.
    Nick at Suntour has a %lb. Raidon air fork upgrade for 175. Read the Suntour upgrade thread in Beginners for reviews. He also has a 3lb. Epicon for 250 but you need a 15mm front hub wheel for the model he has. An additional valuable weight lose but another 200.

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    Surly KM fork should be pretty firm.

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    What shocks came on it? Sometimes if they are coil you can swap the springs out, I had to do that on my recons as being 200 plus lbs on any given day the std spring was way to weak. Put in the biggest one they made and the shocks are great now, no more bottoming out over 2" roots.
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    Need a budget before we can recommend. What type of terrain you ride, your riding style, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    What shocks came on it? Sometimes if they are coil you can swap the springs out, I had to do that on my recons as being 200 plus lbs on any given day the std spring was way to weak. Put in the biggest one they made and the shocks are great now, no more bottoming out over 2" roots.
    A set of suntour coil shocks came on it. The thing is, Ive always raced motocross, so im used to a really firm set up. Im looking for something like that.

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    29er forks, help!

    I've read great reviews on xfusion slide,does not break the bank either. I have an xc32 and am looking to upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lupob6 View Post
    I've read great reviews on xfusion slide,does not break the bank either. I have an xc32 and am looking to upgrade
    Yeah, for the price and features you can't beat the Slide - you get a remote lockout and an air fork for under $300. 2012's are super cheap on ebay right now... 2013's are available in June.

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    I wouldn't even waste your time looking at the xc32 or anything in that category. Your basically putting on another fork of similar quality... not an upgrade. Anything that is air adjustable would be a good option for you. If you have the cash, check out either the Manitou tower pro or rockshox reba. If that is out of your price range the xfusion offerings are worth looking at. Good luck!

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    The Manitou Tower Pro is what I just put on my HT, you can get the xxfirm spring kit plus add more air and set them up very firm. One of the most self tuneable forks out there, thats why I bought them. I think the tuning kit is like 50 bucks or something, comes with a ton of stuff.
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    Re: 29er forks, help!

    If you're on a budget, snag the Recon Gold or the upgrade through suntour for $175. Definitely get an air fork.

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