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    n00b with some questions

    Hi all. Not sure if this should be in this or another subforum...

    I've got a 1998 Giant ATX 970, 26" (I know, old!). The front suspension is a bit tired and the rear is pretty stiff (I'm 175lbs). I'd like to know if I can get some recommendations on basic, reliable, well priced (under $200 each?) forks/shocks. The riding is do it just messing around out in the boonies, nothing extremely hard. Hard packed dirt and lots of rocks. I'd like things to be smoothed out a bit without breaking the bank and without having to worry about shoddy parts failing.

    Any help would be appreciated

    -Frank

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    I am assuming it has a 1 1/8' steerer. I would find something nice, but used. There are lots of good used forks under $200. Most sub $200 forks new just aren't much to write home about. If you find some deals, feel free to PM me and I will help where I can, if it's worth you looking at.

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    I'm actually not sure if it's 1 1/8" or not. Will have a look at that tomorrow.

    Thanks

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    Do you have any suggestions for brands/models I should look for used? I'm almost totally clueless when it comes to the good/bad/ugly of cycling equipment

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    Marzocchis are the easiest to rebuild, if they need it. Parts are still available for most older shocks, as they didn't change tubes and seals much. I would look for an 85mm Marathon, or an Xfly. I would sell my Xfly 80, if I still had it. I will see what I find, and post links. Do a search in classifieds here on Marathons, XFlys, and Atom Races. You should find something under $200. If it needs oil and seals, it will likely cost $50, if you don't do it yourself. Seals are about $30, for what that's worth. I'd buy one and ride it first though. They stand up a long time, and it should last you years with some maintenance. Marzocchi is also the least maintenance intensive of the bunch.

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    i'd agree w/ marzocchi. check out the shocks forum for detailed discussions about rock shox vs manitou vs marzocchi.
    as a point of reference, i bought a used marzocchi z2 atom 80 on ebay for around $100, rode it every day for 2 years, and it was as good the day i sold it (which i still regret) as the day i bought it. i have the original z1 dropoff that came w/ my used 2001 AC1 last year, and i've ridden the poop out of it w/o any issues whatsoever.
    that's my 0.02

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    Thanks guy, I'll watch for a deal on Marzocchis. Would you recommend the same for a rear shock?
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    Seems they're not too big on rear shocks. Guess I'll wait to hear what you guys think.

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    i've not heard much on marzocchi's new rear shock that they came out w/in the last 1-2 yrs or so. again, IMHO, and bracketing the fact that i've had my AC for less than a year, i'm running a fox vanilla RC w/ propedal and am very happy. overall, air shocks are going to be lighter but slightly less durable than coil (spring) shocks, but the dampening will be better w/ air shocks (a fact somewhat mitigated w/ fox's propedal technology, which is also available on manitou's rear shocks, which are also very good).
    i'd stay away from rock shox rear shocks; my AC had a rock shox deluxe that came stock on it and the previous owner had issues w/ it (which i think many people have), and upgraded to fox.
    one last aside: i've heard fox's customer support and website are very helpful in terms of asking them "i've got x bike w/ x amount of rear travel and ride XC vs FR vs DH, which of your shocks should i get?"

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    Ok, I'll have a look at the Fox stuff too. Thanks alot guys.

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