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    Mercalli downhill front suspension fork

    What do you know about it? I know it's a very low end front fork coming on supercycle hooligan 26' but is it a reliable fork ? Is it going to break when ill downhill ? I have a nice full suspension GT frame...just low on money. I have a judy shocks from the 90's but it's real bad for downhill + it's too small.

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    When you say downhill, do you mean going down the hill or Downhill like big rocks, drops, jumps. What kind of GT FS frame do you have. I'd say for get that fork, try to find a good used fork would serve you better.

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    That looks like something you'd buy at Wal-Mart. I'd be terrified to downhill on that beast.
    All of the true things I'm about to tell you are shameless lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    When you say downhill, do you mean going down the hill or Downhill like big rocks, drops, jumps.
    lol good one

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    i guess ill have to spend some money....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    What kind of GT FS frame do you have
    xcr 4000

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGP495 View Post
    lol good one
    It's not an insult it's a question I know some newb misuse the term sometimes just want to clarify as DH fork is expensive and it probably does not fit your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGP495 View Post
    xcr 4000
    Get a 100-125mm fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Get a 100-125mm fork.
    Well yea, I was actually thinking getting a RockShox Dart 1 Coil . Isn't as expensive as others. 125 will be pretty expensive except if you have some suggestions.

    I have a 100mm, not a big fan. 125 would be pretty dope for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    It's not an insult it's a question I know some newb misuse the term sometimes just want to clarify as DH fork is expensive and it probably does not fit your bike.
    still a good one


    But DH fits my bike, I've seen a lot of XCR's with 125mm and + . There's probably some in GT

    forums. It's a DH bike anyway, just got to find the right fork. But anyway, not here to argue

    just saying lol.

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    Look for a used Manitou Minute 1 or 3 it gets confusing I know. The one I had, the travel can be adjusted from 130-100mm. I've seen them from time to time for about $100-150. Rockshox Pike with qr is another good choice that can be pretty cheap too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Look for a used Manitou Minute 1 or 3 it gets confusing I know. The one I had, the travel can be adjusted from 130-100mm. I've seen them from time to time for about $100-150. Rockshox Pike with qr is another good choice that can be pretty cheap too.
    I followed your advice and found a Manitou Minute 120 mm Fork. I will get it soon probably.

    Very nice fork!! Any ideas for the rear?

    Oh yea and thx btw, I would probably have bought that dart oil whatever if you didn't

    suggest the right thing.

    I checked the reviews, it's really bad compared to Manitou minute!
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    It will cost me a lot more though since I couldn't find a used one in Canada. I'll have to pay the shipping fees.

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    For the rear shock you need to do some measurement. Do you have pic of the bike?

    If you are in Canada check out pink bike buy/sell section half or over half users are from Canada.

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    Someone told me the Cane Creek AD-5 Rear Shock fits.

    As for the fork I can get this for the same money or less:

    $100- Manitou Stance 150mm
    $90- Manitou Stance Blunt
    $135 -2005 Manitou Splice Comp Forks (steer tube looks too long though)
    $150 - Manitou Minute 3:00 with a popped out blue rebound knob on the right side

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    ~$150-$200-Manitou Minute 120 mm

    You seem to know more than me, does any of those shocks are a "bestbuy"?
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    or this...no shpping fees

    http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/815622/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGP495 View Post
    or this...no shpping fees

    http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/815622/
    Ok for sure this one does not fit your bike it's a 1.5" and the travel is too much.

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    I'll just go with the minute. It's nice and I like it. Thanks a lot again!!! I'd rep you +1 but apparently it says I already repped you +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGP495 View Post
    or this...no shpping fees

    http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/815622/
    Umm.... yeah.... now that's a "Down Hill" fork! that would defanatly not work on your bike even if the steerer was the right size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black View Post
    Umm.... yeah.... now that's a "Down Hill" fork! that would defanatly not work on your bike even if the steerer was the right size.
    Then suggest something from what I've listed... I can't get the manitou minute, he doesnt want to ship to canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGP495 View Post
    Then suggest something from what I've listed... I can't get the manitou minute, he doesnt want to ship to canada.
    Is there no Canadian e-bay? Or the like? How about a place like pricepoint or jenson for a new discounted one

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/217...-Fork-2011.htm this is a good fork that would be a nice match to your frame @100 mm travel

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/215...DL-Headset.htm this one looks decent and is pretty cheap. Go look!
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