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    fork for a new heckler

    My friend is looking into a 09 (?) heckler. The LBS is recommeding a maverick duc32. What do you guys think? I think I would lean toward a 36 talas or a rockshox pike.
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    What kind of riding? Is he weight conscious? Does he want more stiffness and travel?
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    more info

    Matching the back travel more or less is probably the best bet. But I think the new heckler is 150mm, and the only way to match that exactly would be with adjustable fork I think. So the question becomes adjustment on the long side or the shorter side?
    He will be doing mostly trail riding, with some drops of 4-5 ft. Lot of climbing inbetween. I'm guessing he is a bit weight conscious or why the maverick. But he weighs in at 210 lb so he could just shed a pound and make up any difference in forks.
    Since I ride with him often and see that he doesn't tinker with the bike much he probably would be well served by having a dependable low maintenance fork.
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    I went with a Vanilla 36 RC2 on my 08 heckler(imo a low maintenance fork) and so far i have found it to climb well, front hardly feels overly light. I would even go as far to say that the fork is overbuilt for the frame though initially i was looking for a Pike 454 Coil but the lbs didnt have one in stock.

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    Pike 426/454, Lyric, or Vanilla 36.

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    Love my DUC32 but I don't know if it's well suited to a fatty. All the parts in it are built pretty minimally. My 36TALAS is a lot beefier. I think he'd be best off with a Fox 32TALAS 15QR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    Love my DUC32 but I don't know if it's well suited to a fatty. All the parts in it are built pretty minimally. My 36TALAS is a lot beefier. I think he'd be best off with a Fox 32TALAS 15QR.
    I'm kinda thinkin' the same. Perhaps a maxle lite revelation.
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    If its lots of climbing Pike coil should be fine, lower maintenance and you can lock out for climbing, Lyric is also good just a bit harder to climb with you have to wind it in to around 130 to have the same A-C as the Pike at 140, I have both for my Heckler for general trails I like the Pike for uplifts and downhill the Lyric is tops. Also the DHX-5 coil is a great match for the coil Lyric and Pike, I've got a float R and to me it gives the Pike to much of a hard time , its of to be Push'd so hopefully it will improve, my DHX-5 coil is Push'd as is the Pike awsome set up from the Push guys TFT.

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    I wouldn't touch the DUC32 with a barge pole. Flexy, not very strong. Seen one fold after a small jump, another the QR thingme breaking and bolts rattling loose (easy fixed but still not confidence inspiring). The Pike is a much better fork. I have a 32 Talas on my old (03)Heckler and 36 Talas on my new (08) Heckler.

    Pike or Fox 32 for more XC
    Talas/Van 36 for more AM

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    I have a 09 Talas RC2 on mine, really plush even compared to a previous 05 Vanilla 36R, It really matches the Heckler 130 for the majority of tracks 90 for the climbs and then the 160 for the confidence for the rocky downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffus
    If its lots of climbing Pike coil should be fine, lower maintenance and you can lock out for climbing, Lyric is also good just a bit harder to climb with you have to wind it in to around 130 to have the same A-C as the Pike at 140, I have both for my Heckler for general trails I like the Pike for uplifts and downhill the Lyric is tops. Also the DHX-5 coil is a great match for the coil Lyric and Pike, I've got a float R and to me it gives the Pike to much of a hard time , its of to be Push'd so hopefully it will improve, my DHX-5 coil is Push'd as is the Pike awsome set up from the Push guys TFT.
    That helps a lot. I will pass the info on.
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    I would go with a Pike 454 coil. Cheap, somewhat light, adjustable it has it all. I have it on my hardtail and I love it.

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    My friend went in and made the purchase. They had a bike on the floor with a 36 RC2. I'll let you know how he likes it.
    By the way I rode it around his driveway, boy is that thing sweet. There is a small but steep climb in is drive, and that rear end seemed super efficient. I hope I get some trials on it.
    thanks everyone for the input.
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    He should be well pleased the Heckler if he has the Talas 36 climbing should be less painful and going down great fun :-)

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