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    Fork upgrades for Zed 2.0 SE?

    Hey folks,
    I'm considering upgrading my front fork. Came stock with a Rock Shox Dart 1. Nothing special, but it works.
    Couple things to consider though:
    1. I ride on the street a lot, and would like something I can lock out.
    2. I'm a clyde, and around 280 lbs.
    3. When I do ride off road, it's mainly hard pack single track, with roots, ruts, some rocks/gravel, logs..lots of up hills and downhills, allthough I don't hit any drops or jumps.
    4. Price. I'm not looking at dropping a ton of cash on it.
    I also don't want to throw off the geometry.
    What do you guys recommend? An LBS recommended the Marzocchi Grand Fondo 1 RC.
    Should I wait till mine dies?
    There is a fall bike show coming up in October...would that be a good time to buy, or should I wait till spring?
    Thanks in advance,
    M

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    Take a look at the Rock Shox Tora line. Several options in that line with the 302 (coil) u-turn probably being what you're looking for. It'll be cheaper than the solo air models and probably deal with your weight better - plus it has a lockout.

    On another note - RST has a new line of good quality forks - I'm running one on my 29er and it's very good.

    The RS Tora should run you $220-250. Not sure on the RST pricing but I think it'll be a little more. My 29er fork (100mm with remote lockout) went for $329.
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    Normally for a Hardtail I would go with a litghtweight Manitou R7 or RS sid but since you are a bigger rider I would go with a Fox Van Rlc its a coil shock but still only weighs 4 pounds. Greenlights, What is the weight of the new RST Line, I have a older version on a
    Specialized that I despise but thats the older version. I would guess the old RST
    Gila at 5+ pounds.
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    The new ones are in the low 4 lb range
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    Interesting. So Greenlights Your liking the new RST Line, I was on there website and
    it looked like they beefed up the stancions it did look like a upgrade. What kind of adjustments came on yours for your 29er?

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    I'm really liking the Vanilla RLC...a little hard to warrant spending more on just a fork than the bike is worth though.
    I'll see if I can snag some sort of deal on one at the show.
    Thanks for the advice

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    Van RLC Yep sorry a little pricey new but if you look around you can get some good used deals
    Craigs list and e-bay. Seen one go for 200 bucks and it was cosmetically perfect.

    Good luck.

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    Yeah I have seen some, but I learned long ago that some thing are worth buying new with some sort of warranty. I will be on the look out for a decent price...
    One thing though, are there heavier after market springs available for them?

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    The Fox Van is the workhorse of the Fox line you should have no problem finding
    right springs. It makes a world of difference in the ride.

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    your stock fork is never going to crap out, there's nothing to it but a spring in a tube. As a fellow bigger dude, i am amazed you can tolerate that dart with the stock spring. The dart doesn't strike me as a terribly stiff fork (it doesn't like to steer out of ruts, have you noticed?) And the problem is compounded by the soft spring it comes with. Your dart with a x-firm spring kit would be significantly better than what you've got (although still crappy) If it were me, i'd get a tora and factor in the price of an x-firm spring for 40 bucks, its a much better steering fork and theres a damper in it.

    fork lockouts are of pretty limited use- when you're spinning on the road, the fork doesn't really move, and when you're standing in the saddle you probably want that fork active anyway.
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