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  1. #1
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    Tora for a 230LB rider?

    Looking at ordering one of these 3 bikes from bikesdirect (spare me the support your LBS talk please. Actually, if you can find me a better bike for the cost, please let me know ) :
    comes with a tora fork with soloair.

    The other two come with regular coil Tora forks:

    I can't seem to find much information on these 2 forks as far as what they can handle, so I am hoping someone knows more than I on this subject

    Im 6ft tall at 230lbs (that will be dropping) and am kind of worried about these forks bottoming out on my fat ass. Any information given is much appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Any Tora will handle your weight. I'm 240 and have ridden a Tora Solo Air for years. The advantages of the Air are primarily that you can set the optimal spring rate for your weight using a shock pump and adjust it at will. To adjust spring rate on a coil sprung fork, you have to buy a new coil spring and install it. The air fork will be somewhat lighter. OTOH, some people prefer the feel of coil springs.

  3. #3
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    As mentioned the air fork is preferable and it should hold up fine as long as you aren't doing 4 foot+ hucks. The nice thing about a fork is that it's easy to upgrade if you decide to.

  4. #4
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    The Tora is a excellent Clyde fork, and IMO the Solo Air version is the way to go. If you go with the coil version, you WILL need to buy the Firm spring

  5. #5
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    I'm 235 (down from 250) pounds and I have had very good results with the 302 solo air on my Hi Fi. It's a 120 mm fork and I don't need to run anywhere near the air pressure that is suggested for my weight and it works fine. I'n not sure I'd want a coil spring fork unless I was certain that I needed the real big hit performance. Todays crop of air forks are awesome.

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