Pulled my 26er out of storage and am rediscovering the joys of riding a hardtail 26er. It's a nice change of pace from my 29er.
However, the 100mm Dart 2 fork is a real bummer. It was sufficient when I was starting out. But it can't compare to the Fox on my 29er and it doesn't really keep up with my current riding.
I can replace it with a 2010 Talas 32 RL (100-120-140mm) for $250 or a 100mm 2012 X-fusion Velvet RL2 for $350.
With the Talas, I think I'd have to keep it at 100mm. My 26er frame wasn't really designed for more than 100mm of travel. Nothing in my immediate area requires more than 100mm of trave anywaysl. I might have to drop $100 for new seals and maintenance.
The X-fusion comes with a remote trigger and is brand new. I think it weights 150g less than the Talas.
Thoughts? Is newer always better? Price comes out about equal once I have the seal changed and have some servicing done to the Talas.
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