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    Good fork under $100?

    I have been wanting to upgrade my suspension from the "rigid" it is right now.. I don't want to spend over $100, and I want a new fork.. not used thanks! o ya and I need a standard disc mount on the fork also
    I found these, are they any good?

    This one

    and this one

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    Going from a full stiffy to any shock is an improvement. Going to a shock from a rgid may cause the front of the bike to raise too much. But of the 2 that you looked the Manitou Six looks like a good choice to start with. just my .02

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    Would help to know more about you, your bike, your intended usage, etc....price alone is not a good criteria. Why not go for a quality used fork? You can get a much better fork for the money that way...
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    I would agree the Manitou is the beter fork. Is your head tube 1 1/8 or 1

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    I am 15 years old, 175 pounds, 6' 2''. I have a 1 1/8 head tube and my bikes frame material is Steel (heavy as hell ). My riding is mostly XC and rougher singletrack with plenty of rocks ( I live in a county called rockland! ) nothing too technical really. The bumps and rocks are just shaking me way too much to the point where it begins to give me a headache. The reason I want a fork under $100 is that the bike I have isn't that great. It's a toyrus toy bike I put the word Rigid in quotations meaning that the fork on it currently is pretty much a rigid fork . I recently made it a single speed and its really helping me build up my muscles up without the frustration of having to fix or replace my derailur every ride. I do this just for a workout now until I can afford a REAL mountain bike. I have $150 saved up already and i'm aiming to get a jamis hardtail or Ibex. but anyways I just want some extra cushion since I ride every other day 10 miles up along the hudson river and back on a rail trail ( lots of rocks and other crap ). The day's inbetween I lift weights on my weight bench. I hope this helped and maybe you guys know sites that have the same products cheaper? well thanks again!
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    Very creative mind you have there. Order the Manitou beffor you scramble your brain.

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    will the Manitou fork clear a 26'' wheel?

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    yes it will

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiffycake
    will the Manitou fork clear a 26'' wheel?
    The Manitou is made for a standard MTB wheel, which is 26 inches.

    Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiffycake
    will the Manitou fork clear a 26'' wheel?
    Yes it will. That is what it was made for. Nothing more, nothing less.
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