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    Upgrading forks on Norco Manik, Help please

    Hello all, new here

    My current 2005 Drop Off forks have had their time, they've been abused and fixed many times. So I finally think it's time I upgraded them and put the old stock Drop Off's to rest.

    I have been looking at 'Rock Shox Domain 302 1.5" Forks - U-Turn 2009 Post Mount' would you think this is a good upgrade? will they fit? I've never replaced the forks before, only cleaned so I'm a little unsure on what or if there is any fitting requirements?

    The bike is a 2005 Norco Manik

    Thanks
    Jake

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    do u have a price limit? what kind of riding do you do? some one correct me if im wrong but depending on your bikes year it may not accept 1.5 inch steer tube.

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    Googled the 2005 Manik. From the pictures at bikepedia I'd assume the 1.5 inch won't fit. You need a standard steerer 1 1/8 inch fork with 150mm to 160mm travel. RS Domain would work, as would a Marzocchi 55 or a Fox Float or Talas.

    You may also need to change your front wheel/hub. Most current +150mm forks come with a 20mm through axle.

    As mfrench2013 eludes to... more pondering required.
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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    Thank you both for your replies

    I freeride mostly, and a little xc.

    Price is 150 ($220) quite a few online retailers have 70-80% off 2010 forks, so thought it would be a good time to upgrade.

    I was thinking about the 55 RV but 250 is a little out of my price range.

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    You are welcome. I believe you have the timing right. Late fall and winter is shopping time. Hope you'll find a suitable fork.

    BTW, I own a Domain and I am not that impressed. Unless your Drop Of is broken I would save the money.
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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    The Domains won't fit though?

    My drop offs are completely dead, so a cheap quick set of 160mm travel forks is what I'm after.

    I wanna catch some nice spring rides too, my personal favourite.

    Would some Suntour Duro FR20 150mm Forks do? or are they tat?

    Cheers

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    Fork, no "s". You eat dinner with a fork, you tune a piano with a tuning fork, you have a fork on the front of your bike. If you have more than one on there, you are doing it wrong.

    Sorry, pet peeve.

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