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    Budget Fork Upgrade

    Just got a 2013 Giant Revel 1 with the Suntour XCT V4 29" 80mm factory. I am looking to upgrade the fork to something with a lockout and budget friendly. My riding consists mainly of pavement commuting and light/intermediate single track.

    What would you suggest that won't brake the bank?

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    What's your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Alberto_ View Post
    What's your budget?

    Somewhere in the $300 ish range? $400? I understand the bike is only worth $500 new so it makes little sense to spend so much on a new fork but I would like something of quality.

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    Look for a used rockshox tora or recon. I recently sold a like new Tora for $150 on ebay. Recons can be had for around $250 new.

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    Take a look at the RockShox Recon Silver solo air

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    Manitou Tower Expert 29er QR Fork 2012 @ $288


    Manitou Tower Expert 29er QR Fork 2012 at Price Point

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    How about the rockshox xc32 tk? Only 179, 100 mm and lockout. Sure its the cheapeast one on there but does anyone know pros/cons of this particular model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coling View Post
    How about the rockshox xc32 tk? Only 179, 100 mm and lockout. Sure its the cheapeast one on there but does anyone know pros/cons of this particular model?
    It is heavy, due to the stanchions and coil being steel. Plus it has the lowest quality damper of the forks mention above.

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    You can get a RS Recon Gold for a great price right now:

    BlueSkyCycling.com - 2011 Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air 29er Fork

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuskenraider View Post
    You can get a RS Recon Gold for a great price right now:

    BlueSkyCycling.com - 2011 Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air 29er Fork
    I just order this one the other day. It seems as though its and excellent deal. Im going to order a motion control damper with manual knob. This fork requires a poploc or pushloc remote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riiz View Post
    Manitou Tower Expert 29er QR Fork 2012 @ $288


    Manitou Tower Expert 29er QR Fork 2012 at Price Point
    This fork will out perform any other fork in the same price range

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    This fork will out perform any other fork in the same price range
    Manitou Tower Expert 29er QR Fork 2012 at Price Point


    This ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_trail_biker View Post
    Take a look at the RockShox Recon Silver solo air
    This is what I have on my ride. Love it, 80mm is not much but for a HT is works nice. Very stiff and with the right amount of air it works.

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    A couple of friends have been riding the new X-Fusion 29er fork and they're quite impressed. Seems much better then the low end RS stuff.

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    All great input so far, much appreciated. So far I'm most on board for the Manitou Tower Expert 29er QR or the X-Fusion up above. Good price and meets my specs.

    I must be completely honest I had never heard of X-Fusion products before but I am impressed.

    Thanks again.

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    X-Fusion is a good company and well known for the Velvet line of 26" forks and shocks.. This is the first foray into the 29r market and most have been happy with them.

    Manitou is a much older brand and has been in the 29er market a bit longer. Truly a best bang for the buck. I have the Tower Pro 100mm and after riding it in comparison to a Fox 32 Vanilla I am not impressed with the Fox. Manitou has really outdone themselves with their new 29r forks and their CS is second to none. I would Highly recommend the Expert and then if/when you get better or upgrade your bike then you can go to the Pro.
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    I just got my XFusion Slide. Plush, Light weight (4lbs), easily adjustable (80mm/100mm/120mm internal adjustability) and affordable. msrp for $400 but you can get it for $289 on eBay brand new.

    very satisfied.

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