I just got a new to me 97 Gary Fisher HKEK that has been gently used, except the paint. I wanted a steel frame, so with my budget, old it had to be.
I am not interested in tossing the bike for a new one (this is my new one!), as many have offered in similar threads and for now the fork on it is in great shape for what it is, the elastomer looks new, not stained, torn, split bloated, etc. Its my first bike after 18 yrs of riding with no suspension, in fact first time I have ever tried. My old bike was an 88 Fisher HKEK if that tells you anything.
The fork has a 67mm travel and it looks like it came available with a 80mm kit and I realize that the geometry might be a bit off, but what forks would you all recommend for a replacement. 1 1/8 " tube luckily.
An 80 mm would only add 13mm or 1/2" in front end height, changing the wheel axle distance by "?"
Is this geometry failure or just up to me.
So far the usual recommendations are the Dart variations, what else?
I am riding singletrack trails with lots of big roots and rocks, but pretty loose and few drops.
I would also like to get one that can be locked out, if that helps.
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