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    fork question

    Well, let me start by saying I have resumed riding my bike as a supplement to going to the gym. I am only going about a mile, but it is a start. I noticed that my fork is, in my opinion, bottomed out or nearly so. My bike is a 96 GT Zaskar that is essentially stock. It has a 96 RockShox Judy XC. I know forks have come a long way since then and I would like to replace this with something that can stand up to me. I think that the travel is 80mm on the current one and I am not sure if this can be altered much if at all. My knowledge of this is kind of limited.

    After doing the research, I found that the RS Tora Air would be a good choice, but I haven't been able to find one of these yet.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions that I can look into? If I have to go away from the V brakes, I can, but I would rather not at this point.

    Thanks,

    Jon
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    For 2011 the Tora Solo Air is now the Recon Silver TK Solo Air, good fork but the damper is kind of weak. It can be upgraded to a Motion Control damper for about $50.

    The Manitou Match is a coil spring fork with a very good damper, and is available in 80mm with brake posts. But I'm not sure of the availability of heavier coil springs for it.

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    If you plan to just keep commuting / road riding, consider a rigid fork. A lot less to go wrong and it will be faster on pavement.

    If you want to get into trail riding, you're going to want a decent fork, but also disc brakes, which means new wheels as well, which means.... think about a new bike time. Bikes have come so far that an entry level bike today will be a lot better than one 15 years old, even with upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony.delorenzo
    If you plan to just keep commuting / road riding, consider a rigid fork. A lot less to go wrong and it will be faster on pavement.

    If you want to get into trail riding, you're going to want a decent fork, but also disc brakes, which means new wheels as well, which means.... think about a new bike time. Bikes have come so far that an entry level bike today will be a lot better than one 15 years old, even with upgrades.

    Hi Anthony/MTNBiker72,

    Thanks for the responses. I do plan on eventually going back some trail riding, but nothing extreme/hardcore. I just don't want to spend the money twice on buying something now, then again further down the road. I going to take my bike into the LBS and talk to them about it tonight and get their opinion on it. Maybe in the short term, I will just leave it as is until I can find a better fork for it.

    I agree with the new bike statement, and Iam working on that. I bought a Titus El Guapo frame as a present to myself. I am starting to get the parts for it, but it will take me a bit to build it up. I've done a lot of searching on the clydeproof components and hopefully will have a nice bike when I am done with it.

    Would it be bad to put a 100mm travel fork on my bike if I found one that was that size instead of the 80mm? At the moment, I am just riding in the neighborhood and not doing anything crazy.

    Thanks,

    Jon

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    I'm a pretty big dude and had the same issue last year when picking out a fork. I couldn't find the Tora Soloair so I ended up picking up a Recon 335 with the solo-air spring and it was very solid when I had it out on the trails and the lock-out was nice for typical road riding and when putting it on the trainer for the winter. I'm probably going to upgrade it to the motion control damper but I don't have any complaints about the purchase. If you look on ebay or sites like pricepoint and Jensen you can usually find some good deals...

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