Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    5

    New question here. Fork swap - Buy new low end or older high end?

    I have an '08 Hardrock. The lamer one with V-brakes instead of discs. The Suntour fork for that year model is bouncy and doesn't even lock out. I'd like to replace it with something better, but being limited to V-brakes currently has me stuck with a very limited selection. My options:

    Rockshox XC32 TK - Priced right around $200. That's about all I'd want to spend on a fork upgrade on an older 26" entry-level bike.

    or

    an older used Reba/SID or similar off eBay or some classifieds.

    So my question is, is it better to buy a new fork like the XC32 TK or get an older version of the higher spec model? My thought is older stuff might offer better features for the same price. I'm sure most anything will be an improvement from what I've got, but I'd like to get the best value for my money. I'd love some guidance. Thanks.

  2. #2
    DFMBA.org
    Reputation: MTBeing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    1,749

    Fork swap - Buy new low end or older high end?

    I'd take an older Reba over a brand new XC32 any day. It's a trusted design and it's going to feel lighter than the XC series stuff. Furthermore, most decent bike shops can overhaul a Reba pretty easily. If you can get a Recon for a really good price, you might want to consider that as well. Not sure if that fork was offered in a VBrake config though.

    A mechanic that used to work at a shop I frequented joked that the XC series had 6" of travel; 3" up/down and 3" front to back.
    Please donate to IMBA or your local IMBA chapter. It's trail karma.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    5
    Thanks. That's what I was hoping to hear. I've been looking for Recons too, but haven't found much that would be compatible. Are there any other models I may have luck finding that would be a good choice?

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    973
    Why limit yourself to v-brakes? You can pick up some Avid BB7s too and it will give you post-mounted brakes and a lot more stopping power than your current setup.
    Also another vote for buying a gentry used high end fork instead of a new bottom end fork. You can also look into Manituou or XFusion for more fork options, but you'll have to run post-mounted brakes.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    5
    I'd love to go discs, but my bike doesn't have disc-compatible hubs. A hub swap seems expensive, a new wheels only more so.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    11,058
    Time of year and based on upgrade needs to look for a newer bike.

  7. #7
    Fat-tired Roadie
    Reputation: AndrwSwitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    18,453
    What kind of riding do you do?
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

  8. #8
    Moderator Moderator
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    5,499
    I'd also go for the higher end older fork.
    I'd probably be looking at Fox over RS myself, but that's just personal preference.
    Sinister Bikes
    Wraith Bicycles
    Sunday River Mtn Bike Park
    NEMBA
    Wachusett Brewing Co.

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    5
    I ride singletrack out at Roman Nose State Park in Oklahoma most of the time. It's the closest place for a good ride to where I live.

    Mesa Loop Mountain Bike Trail, Watonga, OK

    The trails are narrow, not particularly steep, but very rocky. And where there's not rocks it's gravel, and where there's not gravel, it's cactus. They're multi-use so we have to share them with hikers and horses in many areas. And we all know what horses leave behind...

  10. #10
    Fat-tired Roadie
    Reputation: AndrwSwitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    18,453
    Last time I killed a fork (on my '07 Hardrock, though mind shipped with discs,) I did a little research and decided it was Recon Gold or go home. But a Reba or Fox is a good idea too.

    Tough one, though. A straight steerer and v-brakes put you on the wrong side of where things have gone lately. And you're right - by the time you finish buying things, even if you only change to a front mechanical disc brake, this'll be a pretty expensive project.

    You mention $200 being all you want to spend on an older, 26" bike. Are you in a position where you're comfortable buying a shiny new bike?
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    2,802
    When I went to a disc brake ,I found a used tubeless Mavic wheel with a almost new tire for $40 at a swap meet, sold the wheel later for $30.

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    ... You mention $200 being all you want to spend on an older, 26" bike. Are you in a position where you're comfortable buying a shiny new bike?
    I've gotta sell some toys before I can swing a new shiny bike. It's in the plan, but may be a year or more before I actually can get enough cash together to get something good. That's why I'm looking at small upgrades to get more out of the Hardrock without going overboard.

    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    When I went to a disc brake ,I found a used tubeless Mavic wheel with a almost new tire for $40 at a swap meet, sold the wheel later for $30.
    Cool. I'm keeping an eye out for deals like that. I know they're out there. Just gotta be patient.

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    76
    you could also consider cleaning up and re-lubing your old fork. Cheap and something you should be in the habit of doing maybe once a year before getting a new more expensive fork. Recently did it on my rockhoppers xcm (shitty fork) and took under 1hr, there are some vids on youtube of the process. It did help it a bit, and if you have v brakes yours are probably much older, might help even more.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Phinias's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    333
    Call around to your local "shock specialists" we have the Shockspital here, they often have used and rebuilt older shocks at crazy discounts. They just take the ones cutomers replace and leave behind, then rebuild and sell cheap.

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    7,805
    Quote Originally Posted by MTBeing View Post
    I'd take an older Reba over a brand new XC32 any day.
    Seconded. Try not to buy a worn out one or getting it serviced will nullify what you save but the Reba or Sid is a much better fork. The lockout doesn't really matter, as you don't use it off road anyway, but they are lighter and have much better dampers, that makes a bigger difference than anything else.

    A mechanic that used to work at a shop I frequented joked that the XC series had 6" of travel; 3" up/down and 3" front to back.
    Well, that's not really fair as there are three different stanchion sizes in the XC range and the XC32 is actually pretty stiff. Steel steerer, 32mm steel stanchions and a hefty crown make it less flexy than a Reba or Sid!

Similar Threads

  1. SVMTB Annual Bike Swap at Monte Vista High
    By dknoel007 in forum California - Norcal
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-04-2014, 06:46 PM
  2. Suspension fork swap to rigid fork.
    By Daniel Armstrong in forum Beginner's Corner
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 09-01-2013, 07:51 PM
  3. What do I need ? Older IS tab fork
    By DavidGrinnell in forum Brake Time
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-08-2013, 06:26 PM
  4. Older High End vs Newer Lower End
    By danpluso in forum All Mountain
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-02-2012, 03:42 AM
  5. help new FORK for older bike
    By tefloncat in forum Shocks and Suspension
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-31-2011, 12:31 PM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •