Thanks for reading my cry for help.
I have a nice trick & fairly light 2005 sworks stumpy 120 but the current fork (05 talas 90-130) is a little sloppy (even after a TF tuned service) and I think it needs to be replaced with something that will keep the front wheel in a straighter line, as it is not good enough in corners.
I am currently considering the following:
RockShox Revelation 426 coil u turn
RockShox Revelation 426 air u-turn
Fox 32 talas rlc 100-140mm
My thoughts so far:
RS revelation coil:
Lots of travel adjust (85-130mm)
Stays within the recommended range of the bike (spesh say max 130mm)
Simple & hence should be reliable
People seem to like coil over air (I have no experience of coil)
4.2 pounds so not too heavy
Apparently stiff (is is stiffer than the fox?)
Not sure how easy it is to adjust on the fly - does anyone know?
RS revelation air
Lots of adjustability (compression and rebound pressure)
Within recommended travel range for bike
Should be reliable
Travel adjust, but not really on the fly (too much winding)
Fox 32 talas rlc
Should be plush
Circa 4 pounds
Genuinely adjustable on the fly (3 position switch)
140mm max may be too long, but the new stumpy 120 has 140mm - is there a difference or is it just spesh trying to get me to buy a new bike when I don't need one?
Apparently suffers a bit from reliability issues (TF tuned told me thay are worse than the 06). Is this true or are they just pushing rockshox?
As you can see, I am in a bit of a quandry. I would love 140mm if I could get away with it, but if it is too long then I am wasting my money. I would also like the genuine on the fly adjustability if it was an advantage. Luckily, money is not a major issue, I just want the right fork.
I mostly ride technical XC but I am getting a little braver in my old age - hence the need for more front wheel stiffness. I am 39 and weigh about 205lbs in full kit. I do not race so weight is not an issue as long as it doesn't updset the bike balance.
Perhaps I should be considering a fixed length (say 120mm) coil fork instead, which would provide the best ride. Then again, maybe I should just get a 9mm bolt through for my current wheels (dt hugi 240 hubs) and keep the current fork.
Any comments or suggestions welcome. I am particularly interested to hear if anyone is running 140mm on an 05 sworks stumpy 120, or if anyone knows why this shouldn't be done. My nightmare is shelling £500+ out to buy the talas only to find that it completely upsets the bike in 140mm setting. Of course if the revelation is genuinely better then I can cope with the lack of adjustability.
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