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    Fork Question

    1st time post. I have a 2014 Specialized 29 Rockhopper. Ride trails with lots of roots and the Suntour XCT forks give a very rough ride. I have adjusted them in all positions with little results. I am 70 and have arthritis in both wrist and the rough ride gives me quite a jar.
    Any advice would be appreciated. I might need to look at a better bike.

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    Like you I will likely upgrade fork because the entry level fork (we) have...bites.

    one option
    If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

    Another in the $250 range is the Rockshox Recon Silver.

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    Multiply your age X 1.7 mm. This will give you optimal front suspension travel in millimeters, for optimal comfort.

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    You may want to start looking at a FS bike; I have a messed up back, went FS last year after spending years trying to convince myself not to and don't regret it at all. Thing is, though, there is a huge difference in suspension and forks so don't simply discount your entire bike due to the budget fork in it if everything else fits and works for you.

    Talk to your dealer about how long you can safely go travel wise and start looking at air forks in that size. My guess is 120mm is fine so a Fox Evolution or Rock Shox Recon, XC32, or a model-year old Reba will be MUCH better than the XCT and the air bladder will give you far more adjustability and can be setup quite plush.

    Start looking at the venders on the left hand side of the forum, try eBay or Craigslist, look in the classified here or contact your LBS. But before you buy you need to know a few things:

    - Acceptable travel length (don't buy a 140mm for when your bike needs 100mm)
    - Steering tube specs (is it 1 1/8" straight, tapered and what length do you need minimum)
    - Axle type (is your wheel a QR or a 15mm through axle)
    - Crown Offset ("normal" or 51mm G2 type)

    Get all that info together and you should be good.

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    Thank you guys so much! Going to start with some Ergonomic grips and then move to forks. Ya'll gave me new hope.

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