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    Decent used suspension fork for under $100?

    I'm looking for a decent suspension fork for about $100. It can be used, a takeoff, doesn't matter, as long as it's in good overall condition.

    Thanks.

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    A fork, shock, or frame?

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    Sorry about that. A suspension fork.

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    I'd suggest going to craigslist and set the max at $150 and search for "Rock Shox" "Marzocchi" or "Manitou". Fox suspension really doesn't make anything cheap.

    I live in Denver and here's what came up for me. denver bicycles - all classifieds "rock shox " - craigslist

    Depending on what you're using it for there seem to be many options, try near wherever you live.

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    Might be able to find a lightly used Dart 3 for under $100

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    Least expensive new Rockshox you will find.


    RockShox XC28 Fork 2012 at Price Point
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    Yeah, you can probably get an older Rockshox on Craigs and I suggest Ebay too. I found a 2008 Rockshox 351 recon u-turn coil with adjustable 85-130mm travel for $140.

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    $80

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    I see Rockshox Tora forks go in the low $100 range. That's the cheapest of the 32mm stanchion forks. Skip the Dart forks. They are only 28mm and really heavy.

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    I personally like the 302 Rockshox Tora on my iron horse; it's lightweight, durable, and looks/sounds cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luclin999 View Post
    Least expensive new Rockshox you will find.


    RockShox XC28 Fork 2012 at Price Point
    Oh wow, that is good to know. That is the fork that came on the Airborne Guardian that I almost went with, but decided to go the next step down with the Airborne Skyhawk. So if I find that the Suntour fork on the Skyhawk is really that bad or it breaks, I can get the same fork that came with the Guardian for about $100 and still be at less total cost.

    EDIT: Just found it slightly cheaper on Amazon: Amazon.com: RockShox XC28 - Coil 100mm 26-Inch 9mm (Black): Sports & Outdoors

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    Quote Originally Posted by xceebeex View Post
    Oh wow, that is good to know. That is the fork that came on the Airborne Guardian that I almost went with, but decided to go the next step down with the Airborne Skyhawk. So if I find that the Suntour fork on the Skyhawk is really that bad or it breaks, I can get the same fork that came with the Guardian for about $100 and still be at less total cost.

    EDIT: Just found it slightly cheaper on Amazon: Amazon.com: RockShox XC28 - Coil 100mm 26-Inch 9mm (Black): Sports & Outdoors
    It's not quite the exact same fork...the Guardian uses the 29er version

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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    It's not quite the exact same fork...the Guardian uses the 29er version
    Well, yea, but I figured that would be pretty obvious that they would be slightly different since the Guardian has 29 inch wheels. The 29 inch version wouldn't do me much good on a 26 inch bike It is still an XC 28 though.

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