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    Beginner needs help. Any advice welcome.

    I'm a pretty poor university student. Just barely got into mountain biking. Don't know much yet. Have bought a used specialized p street 2, because it was quite cheap. I'm mostly fond it. It's better than most of the bikes I rode. But the only thing I don't like is the suspension fork. It seems wierd cause it absorbs medium impacts alright, but when it comes to alot of little bumps at once, it only absorbs a few of the first ones, and then it just goes nuts. Should I consider saving up for a better fork? Is it even worth it? And if it is, what would you recommend.
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    Thats a dirt jump bike, its not really designed for riding trails. I mean you certainly can ride trails with it, but it wasnt designed for it from the get go.

    What fork do you have now? A new quality fork will likely be better.

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    the bike is fine

    the cheap shock is not

    seek ANY common air sprung front fork, like Rock Shox Recon solo-air level
    and it will ride so much better

    you are on a budget and this fork can cost 260 new but will add
    a lot to the ride.
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    Since you are on a tight budget maybe a rigid fork would be cheaper? Better than a crapy suspension fork. just a thought.
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    ^that's a great idea. good rigid is better then bad susp fork, and cheap
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    Idk , the frame looks to have aggressive geometry, but the fork says don't do dirt jumping, downhill, only XC

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    And about the rigit fork, the fork isn't that bad , and I don't think I have the balls to ride fully rigid yet, I have rode some sketchy rigid bikes it was fun but kinda scary. But I will definitely consider the idea, I find some rigid bikes with wide tyres really attractive.

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    So if I'm saving for a decent fork, should I go used? And how much travel is too much for a hardtail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimaiar View Post
    So if I'm saving for a decent fork, should I go used? And how much travel is too much for a hardtail?
    The amount of travel on a hardtail depends on what the frame was designed for, but generally speaking, I wouldn't recommend going more than 20 mm more than what it was designed for. Putting a longer fork raises the front end and bottom bracket and slackens both the head and seat tube angles. If you increase fork travel too far outside of the design intent of the frame, it will have consequences on how the bike climbs and corners.

    So, putting 140 mm fork on a hardtail designed for a 100 mm fork won't get you a bike that handles as well as a hardtail that was designed around a 140 mm fork.

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    So 120 is the best choice right? Will it be enough?

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