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    Jan 2004

    New question here. AC Fork Choices...

    Hello everyone,

    Kinda new to posting on this board but I've been lurking...heheheh.

    Anyhow, given the following choices for a fork, what would be your opinion and why? Personally, I'm leaning toward the 2004 Marz Z1 Drop Off 1 but I would like to hear other's opinion.

    (BTW, this will be my first "trail/freeride" bike...currently, I'm riding a 2001 NRS w/Marz MX Pro in the front and the stock SID in the back...and that's about the only stock item on the bike. I weigh about 175 sans gear or 185 with.)

    Thanks very much in advance!

    2004 Marz Z1 FR
    Pros: Stiff, ETA, external air preload, external rebound, accept tires up to 2.7"
    Cons: Heavy ~5.82 lbs, most expensive of all because of the damping system

    2004 Marz Z1 Drop Off 1
    Pros: Stiff, ETA, external air preload, external rebound
    Cons: Heavy ~5.32 lbs

    2004 Marz Z1 Drop Off 2
    Pros: Stiff, external air preload, cheap compare to the others (~$315)
    Cons: Heavy ~5.24 lbs, No ETA, internal rebound

    2004 Fox Vanilla 125 R
    Pros: Cheaper than others...PUSH-able, ~4.09 lbs
    Cons: No lockout

    2004 Fox Vanilla 125 RL
    Pros: Lock out...PUSH-able, ~4.11 lbs
    Cons: Expensive

    2003 Marz Z1 FR
    Pros: Stiff, ETA, external air preload, external rebound, on sale at Supergo for <$350
    Cons: Heavy (can't find info on the apprx weight)

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    Feb 2004

    don't forget the shermans

    My AC1 came with the sherman firefly, which is about as light a the fox forks but performs like the Z1 (actually feels quite a bit better than the Z1's that I've ridden). The firefly complements the AC frame very nicely and I would highly recommend looking into it before making a final decision. It's a little pricey, as is the fox, but well worth it.

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