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    New question here. Need to replace Manitou SX Ti - which fork???

    I've been using my Manitou SX Ti fork on a KHS Alite frame with some middle of the road (or used to be!) components for about 13 years now and I think it might finally be time for something new. I'm on my last set of elastomers and the fork oil likes to escape despite new O ring seals.

    I've been very pleased with the fork, overall, and just want to replace it with something similar on a budget. The number one requirement is weight. I want something as light or lighter than the SX Ti.

    I haven't been keeping up to date with the MTB technology over the last 10 years and I'm a bit overwhelmed by the huge variety of forks available these days.

    Anyone have any recommendations?

    Is the Manitou R7 a relaible fork?

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    Manitou still makes light cross country forks ,rock shox stll has the sid ,there are some others ones also. Does that fork have cantilever brakes bosses and are you running cantilever brakes? If you are that's going to be a problem.Not many forks with cantilever bosses.

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, I do want to stick with my cantilever brake if possible, as well as my existing 9mm old school axle.
    Last edited by j_trail_rider; 06-11-2013 at 05:38 PM.

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