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    Suspension/fork recommendation

    Hoping someone with some good experience can offer some insight into my upcoming fork selection.
    -Building an air 9-need something stiff and efficient
    -riding east coast singletrack
    -2014 rockshox reba rl
    -manitou tower pro 29

    What do you think.....My main concern with the manitou is ive herd it runs really high in the travel and can be to plush for bigger guys
    -Any info or pros/cons with these forks would be greatly appreciated.

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    Give any thought to a Lefty PBR or an XLR? I like my carbon XLR on my Flash carbon. I ride the same type of trails as you since I am in PA. It works great for me and the make adapter kits for non Cannondale bikes. Definitely lighter then the above two you mentioned.

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    Flash29r- actually i have considered the setup you are referring to- I think it would certainly work for my preferences being that it is light weight and plenty stiff(from what ive herd) but i think the lefty might be a little out of my price range. one of the main reasons i am leaning towards the two forks mentioned above is because they are priced down considerably.
    -manitou tower pro:around 300$
    -2014 RS reba rl:490$

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    Give a look at Xfusion. The Slide weighs about 4lbs. It is great for bigger riders-rides 'high'. Also the Trace-lighter,stiffer(34mm) but a bit more $$. Also Magura TS6-a 2013 on sale is possible. All these use more low speed compression-stops brake dive in switch backs. A different circuit does the rest so they still can be supple. I have been beating up a Slide for a while now and it is equal to most any-just no knobs to tinker with-set and forget type of fork.
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    A firm or xfirm spring on the Manitou should be enough range for the initial travel setup to get you what would work with your weight. But it will not be the traditional XC stiffness for that first travel. The plushness is very useful climbing through rocks and roots. Traditional XC forks bounce you over those. You may have to get used to being able to power through.
    I'm a fan and think it's smoother and faster. I am 175 and use a medium and 95ps[. Definitely plush.
    But your riding style may be different.
    Manitou for 2014 drops that with the Marvel in 29 wheel size for a traditional XC feel. They also offer 51mm offset as an option for 2014.
    The Reba with unmodded solo air will not have the initial plushness so that is a similar choice to a Marvel.

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    anyone one else (small clydes) have any input on the reba?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolverine.NC View Post
    anyone one else (small clydes) have any input on the reba?
    Can't go wrong with the Reba. Nice product.

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    Im a Smaller clyde at 225 geared, and im running the dual air REBA RL.. and it is f***in amazing compared to the Suntour POS that came on my bike. Even at my weight and riding style this fork feels plush at the right pressure
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