deal on a xc fork?

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  • 07-09-2013
    patada
    deal on a xc fork?
    I'm bring a 2003 specialized sj back to life for my son. The rock shox duke is completely locked up and lbs says repairs would be >$200. After some ebay searching looks like some good options out for about the same price or less.

    1-2012 RST FIRST Air Platinum RLC Suspension Fork 100mm
    2-2013 SR Suntour Epicon X2 MTB Fork 100mm
    3-2013 Manitou R7 Pro MTB

    I have about $400 in this project so far and would like to spend as little as possible to get it finished. Any opinions on these forks any others in there price range?
  • 07-09-2013
    fsrxc
    3b - Manitou Minute Expert
  • 07-09-2013
    patada
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fsrxc View Post
    3b - Manitou Minute Expert

    looks bout 1/2 lbs heavier and cost more

    what's the differences with the minute & the r7
  • 07-10-2013
    cobba
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by patada View Post
    looks bout 1/2 lbs heavier and cost more

    what's the differences with the minute & the r7

    It's not quite 1/2 lb heavier

    Minute Expert - 32mm stanchions & ACT Air Spring
    R7 Pro - 30mm stanchions & TS Air Spring

    http://www.manitoumtb.com/technology/

    I've seen the Minute Expert on sale in the past for $200, $230, $250, etc.
    The cheapest that you could find it now would probably be about $270 or $280 but some places are selling it for as much as $400
  • 07-10-2013
    joe_bloe
    What kind of riding will your son be doing? How much does he weigh? Have you considered finding something cheap on Craigslist that still has life in it? I saw from your profile that you live in Georgia. I don't know where, but for fun I looked for forks on Atlanta Craigslist. There's a Dart II in like-new condition (not a great fork, but certainly better than a broken Duke) for $60. Someone's also selling a Manitou Minute (great fork mentioned above) for $45.
  • 07-10-2013
    patada
    I see the weights listed as
    Minute Expert- 4.1
    r7 pro- 3.38
    = .72 almost 3/4 lbs difference

    I followed the link that described the different springs and they both sound about the same, just different words

    I'm finding the r7 for a good bit cheaper at the moment. Is the minute worth $80 more?
    Will a little 10 year old fella really be able to tell the difference?
  • 07-10-2013
    patada
    We ride tame kid friendly xc. he weighs 100lbs. Yes I've been watching clist and have seen these forks. No reply from the minute ad and would not want a 5+lbs dart
  • 07-10-2013
    joe_bloe
    OK, good luck.
  • 07-10-2013
    patada
    Thanks, I appreciate the help. If ya come across anything else let me know
  • 07-10-2013
    dundundata
    I think the r7 would be fine. You get larger diameter stanchions with the minute and they have a lighter pro version.
  • 07-10-2013
    Aresab
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    The R7 (2008 with ABS upgrade) is working well for my almost 10 yr old. I'd say he is approx. 75 lbs. For him it is stiff, for me at over 200, not so much. I find the Minute air spring smoother, but nothing wrong with an R7.
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  • 07-12-2013
    Mattcz
    R7 is a very good fork. I have one on my jamis dragon. Its stiffer than I expected. I'm at 125 lbs.
  • 07-12-2013
    fsrxc
    R7 Pro sounds like a great choice. Smaller stanchions won't be an issue with a small/light rider.

    My Minute Expert 130mm weighed 4.3lbs before cutting the steerer.