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    help me pick a fork!

    im starting an 456 evo2 build and really am having a tough time picking a fork for it. im looking for 120-140 travel, remote lock would be nice but not necessary, id really like a 15mm thru axle, but in the end it might not be a deal breaker if the rest of the fork is exactly what I want. air would be good, aaaaand the hardest part of all is I need a straight 1 1/8 steerer. id like to keep the budget between $300-400 if possible. I looked at some Manitou forks which look great but everything is tapered. so far the rockshox sektor looks to fit the bill best but the 150mm travel is a little much for me I think. any suggestions?

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    If you end up not minding the extra weight of a coil, I really like my sektor rl coil. You can then buy fixed length (130, 140, 150), dual position, or uturn springs of the correct stiffness for your weight. Extra cost of course. I'm currently running an extra light uturn spring at 135mm. I was seriously considering a revelation or x-fusion velvet also. Looks like a lot of the velvets have been popping up on eBay lately, and I believe I see a straight steerer 15mm axle available. I believe they can be internally adjusted 100-120-140 to find the right geometry for you.

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    thanks for the reply, im actually leaning towards the sektor even though its on the far end and sometimes slightly past my budget. overall it looks like what I want and im thinking I shouldn't have a hard time rebuilding it later if I need to since its a big name brand

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    Fwiw, if you end up with an air sektor/revelation and the 150mm doesn't work well you can always buy a coil spring for it.

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    If you're willing to buy used, $400 will get you almost anything you could want.

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    I considered a used fox but I really like new stuff I found two nice sektors on ebay for under 400, a black dual position and a white solo air. both forks are 150mm which is really on the high end of desired travel but other than that they fit the bill great. is the only difference that one can drop down to 100mm? and what is compression lockout and how exactly does it work?

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    actually, that one is basically perfect. the other one I saw was 150-100 travel, I like the 150-120 cause I could leave it in 120 mode most of the time and switch to 150 when the going gets tough. I think I am going to pull the trigger on that hot dog!

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    I've never ordered from modernbike, but they have the dpc for $353.

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    As far as the compression lockout. The knob has the fully locked position plus 5 other settings for the amount of compression you want. I currently find myself using 2-3 clicks out from locked.

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    I see the one on eBay that says 150/100. I'd verify that somewhere else. Might be a misprint, not sure if that actually exists or not.

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    is there anyway to add a handlebar remote for the lockout on this fork?

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    Not sure about a remote, but keep in mind the 6 position knob. It's not like other on/off forks. With the proper compression and rebound settings I've never found myself wanting to go to lockout. Also, if you do get the coil fork, what's your weight? Be prepared to buy a different spring rate if the medium that comes with it doesn't suit you.

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    Good question, I'd like to know too.

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    I'm guessing it would, but I'd like to know exactly how it works. Does it go from full locked to your desired compression setting that you set on the fork itself? Or would it not have the same 6 position settings as the stock damper?

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    ill have to research that one. either way, that sektor for $350 from modern bike seems like my best bet

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    The air sprung version of the Sektor only costs about $300 and it has a lockout on the top of one leg.
    Obviously it can also be easily adjusted for rider weight, and you can add remote lockout, although the remote lockout kit costs $100 or so.

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    where do you find that air version of the sektor for $300?

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    I was referring to the Sektor TK Solo Air.

    Ebay....BIN 220.

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    yeah I just a saw a few on ebay for about $200 the problem is they are all tapered steer

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    One thing I think you don't scrimp on, is your suspension. I spent over 1100 on forks and shock with a discount added and the quality transformed my bike. Get the best you can with the money available, even if it ends up being second hand.

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    jenson actually just put the sektor on sale for $299 so I pulled the trigger. it was 150mm travel, 15qr axle and straight 1 1/8 steer. exactly what I wanted, couldn't wait cause I know they wont last long at that price. had to put an end to the madness, ive been driving myself crazy trying to find a fork

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    Hit it first, then we can see where to put the landing.

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    thanks for the response but the evo has a 1 1/8 tube so 1.5 is def out and my sektor should arrive to me tomorrow now I just need my frame to come in

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