New to MTB
Hey guys Im new to MTB and this forum. I just bought myself the 2012 Giant XTC 29er 1 so far i love the bike could use a few upgrades eventually but what do i know lol waiting for my camelbak to arrive on monday so i can put my kit in it so i can go on long rides. I have a quick question i weigh about 258 lbs and Im just curious if i can get a fox fork thats rated for my weight because when i look at my marzocchi manual its howing 58 psi and 230 lbs an d ive already noticed that classic ring of oil and dirt on the forks already seal broke most likely and should i be worried about my weight on that bike? Thank you in advance!
You may want to post this question on the Shock and Suspension forum. I'm not sure what fork models you're referring to but, if they're air sprung, then oil on the stanchion isn't necessarily a sign of damage. Most forks use oil in the lower sections to lubricate the pistons, aka oil bath. That's what you might be seeing seeping out.
The damper usually contains the most oil while the air spring uses various combinations of oil and grease but in small quantities. I wouldn't consider an upgrade until I could confirm the source of the leak. It may be just typical seepage.
The previous post is good advice.
About weight, the difference between a clydesdale sitting on a bike and a 180 lb kid performing a 5 feet drop is not even close to the same amount of force. Don't worry about weight limits unless you are also at performance limits.