Going to do my first upgrade (13' Fuji Nevada 1.9)and was hoping you guys can shoot me some advice. 90% of my riding is on the street and my current shocks (Suntour SF13-XCT w/ 100mm travel) leave me riding a pogo stick. The other 10% I am on just basic dirt trails no real jumps. I definitely want the option for lock-out. My questions to the community.
1) Can someone confirm that I have a 15mm QR axle? (36H hubs w/ Vera Terra SPD22)
2) What are your recommendations to look for and steer clear from?
Me: 220lbs, 6'1". Budget $300 used/take-off.
thanks for any input
No, you don't have a QR15 front hub. You have 9mm QR. For $320, you can get the Manitou Tower Expert fork from Price Point. Just know that you're buying a fork that's basically worth as much as the rest of your bike combined. And then your bike will still be worth about $250.
If you're unhappy with the way the bike rides on pavement, one solution would be to use that $300 to buy a used road bike for the road, and ride your moutain bike on the trails.
Last edited by joe_bloe; 07-05-2013 at 04:46 PM.
Reason: Updated information for 29er fork
Its funny you said that, I went the opposite of that route. I have a nice road bike, my buddies gave me crap about not riding trail so I bought a low end mtb. I am finding that the mtb is great for my <10 mile rides during the week, so I'm riding it more. Still keeping my RB for my weekend long distance rides.
thanks for the info bud, I tend to set my bikes up to me. Even if I bought it for cheap and there isn't much resale value. I end up keeping them till there thrashed or stolen (2). I may be completely wrong though (new to the springy bike scene).
Nick at Suntour has setup an upgrade offer for riders with your fork.
You can get a 5lb. Raidon air fork for 189+10 shipping.
Or a lighter 3.8lb Epicon air fork with low speed compression adjust for 389+10shipping.
You would need a 15mm hub front wheel for an Epicon.
Both have adjustable rebound damping. They are 2014 models.
If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork
A Manitou Tower Pro or 2010-12 Rockshox Reba are good forks you can find on ebay.
Once you set an air fork up for your weight you won't need a lockout.
Thank you, I will start my search.
For what you're doing this is the way I'd go
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