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    upgrade to 120mm all mountain fork

    Hi, i have a Kona King Kikapu 2006. it has a Marzocchi Bomber mx comp 100mm front fork. this bike is aimed for riding cross country on but i ride all mountain and trails on it so i was wondering if anybody had any suggestions of any 120mm forks that would work with this bike. Is it even worth it? Should i just sell it and buy a all mountain/trail bike? please give me suggestions
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    if you are happy with it i don't see much reason to buy a whole new bike. im guessing to wheel is probably qr, in which case an open drop out reba of 32 float would fit the bill nicely.

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    Whats your budget... The more money you have the more options you'll have that's just life.

    i tend to lean to the money saving sides of things. so i would say buy a used 120mm fork off pinkbike .. as long as it';s compatible don't matter which one...

    all the kids these days have huge veiners for "all mountain" bikes so get your self something with 140-160mm of travel spending about 3grand and you'll have what you want.

    other wise your on a bike that cant take a big fork safely so you would have to buy a 120mm that wouldn't work on a big bike if you did get one in the future....

    so either get a cheap second hand 120mm fork or sell the bike and join the AM crowd.

    PS it doesn't matter the trails you ride get the bike you want / set up your bike the way you want, keep experimenting and don't forget that there's no wrong way to do it

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    I was in a very similar situation 2 years ago. I have a Kona One20 that came with a horrid fork, Rockshox dart3 at 120mm. I bought a 2010 marz 44 rc3 ti and couldn't be happier with my bike. It is a "XC" bike but I've taken about 5.5' drops on it, Kona makes tough bikes. I recently bought a new bike(NS Surge) because I outgrew my bike about 1 season ago. Upgrade your fork and keep your bike as long as it does what you want it too, you'd be surprised what you can do with your "XC" bike.

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    Are you wanting a new fork cuz the bomber sucks or are you wanting a new fork to get 20mm more travel and think it'll improve the bike's "am" worthiness?

    If you just want a better fork, look at the rockshox Sektor which can be adjusted from 110 to 150mm if solo air version. Or a coil version which can be adjusted on the fly. Older Reba is another great option. Just don't go throwing a really long travel fork on the bike without checking with Kona first as it was probably not designed to take the stress at the head tube.

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