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    New forks or crankset?

    I own a specialized Hardrock 2011. it came in stock with a bunch of Sr suntour parts and i have been upgrading it since i am in no position to buy a newer more expensive bike. the crankset and the fork i have on the bike are horrible sr suntour parts. the crankset is bent so the chain hit the front derailleur and the fork compresses far to much. i have tried adjusting the fork as it is adjustable but it sags to much. i would like to know what would be the better upgrade. a shimano deore crankset or a rockshox xc28 mag tk coil 100mm.

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    If you bought that new and have the receipt Nick at Suntour will ship you an upgrade Raidon air fork for 175. Thread on upgrade is in this section. This is better than an XC28. Random Bike parts has a 1.5lb lighter Recon Gold for 240.
    Bend the ring back in place for now.

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    Sr Suntour is a good brand that makes parts for inexpensive, entry-level, bikes as well as world champion equipped bikes. You may be using the parts for a purpose they weren't designed for.

    If you are breaking cranks and forks, replacements are going to cost about half as much as you paid for the bike and other parts aren't far behind. You're going down an expensive path to get a well suited bike. Either tone your riding down, or, buy a bike more suited for your riding style and speed.

    Eb has good advice.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    Are you sure the crank-set is bent? you could be cross chaining, or the fd might need adjustment.

    I recommend a rigid fork, over the one you listed.

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    The chain ring could be bent ,thats more likely than the crank being bent.Or the deraileur could have moved cauing chain rub.Is it rubbing in every gear or just one?

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    you will be thrilled with shimano octlink bb and cranks and entry level rockshox forks for an upgrade, while your at it throw a pair of primo pedals on it. promise you'll be thrilled.

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    ^In that case - make sure they are clip less
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    ^^

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    I keed, I keed.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    thanks 4 all the replies. i took eb's advice and purchased a SR suntour Raidon

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    Quote Originally Posted by theavada11 View Post
    thanks 4 all the replies. i took eb's advice and purchased a SR suntour Raidon
    Nice one.

    Let us know how you like it.

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    How do you like the Raidon fork?

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    it works very well especially compared to the old stock fork i had on the bike previously

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    Thanks theavada11.

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