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    GT Aggressor for first bike

    New to the sport of MTBing. I purchased a 1999 GT Aggressor off of CL. Is it decent for a first bike? I know that the fork suspension isn't all that great. I've ridden on a few trails with it so far. Would it hold up on trails like those of Carin's Cove Roanoke, Va?

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    Here is the link to all the specs
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    You can learn a lot about riding and bike maintenance with this bike. If you like the sport you can save for something else for when it starts to break.

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    I was in CL today and I found this fork for sale, already cut to 8 inches. Fox Vanilla RLC 130mm Fork. Would this be a good upgrade from my Suntour MG80?
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    Probably not. One can usually get away with increasing travel by 20 mm. You'll start getting weird handling with more.

    How much travel does the Suntour fork have? Be cautious of bolting money to an old frame... try to put a couple hundred miles on it and get it dialed before you put anything big-ticket on it.
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    The suntour has 80mm of travel. So I shouldn't exceed 100 mm of travel in a fork if I decide to upgrade my existing fork? Thanks for all the help you guys.

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    Not if you want to maintain pretty close to its intended handling. I didn't see what the Fox fork cost.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Not if you want to maintain pretty close to its intended handling. I didn't see what the Fox fork cost.
    The guy is selling them for $95.

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    I picked up a Manitou R7, which is a short-travel XC fork, on Ebay for a little less a while ago. Keep your eyes open and something more appropriate will come along.

    Be aware that forks require maintenance and wear out, especially if maintenance is neglected. So when you look at these, you want to be asking questions.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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