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    Feb 2004

    F80 RLT vs F80 X vs Skarab Platinum-HELP

    Okay, I've narrowed down my selection, but I'm having a hard time deciding on which one of these forks to purchase.
    This is the way I see it: R80 RLT, lighter/less expensive than F80 X but no inertia valve thing;
    R80 X, inertia valve thing but more expensive and a bit heavier;
    Skarab Platinum, SPV technology, lighter than R80 X and the least expensive of the three.
    I'm 185 and ride XC, doing 5 or 6 races every summer. Weight, stiffness (I'm sick of my flexy SID), and plushness (is that a word?) are my main concerns. I don't mind a little bit of front end bob while riding. I'm leaning in the direction of the Skarab, but I would appreciate any input or suggestions.

    Craig T

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    I was considering the same three and went with the RLT. The problem with the Skareb (and all M. forks) is that they don't use IS disc brake mounts. Now, supposedly, the post mount is groovy and all, but I have two bikes with MartaSLs and there was no way that I was going to track down a post mount version for a one-off fork. I went with the RLT over the X because I don't mind a bit o' bob, I like being able to pre-compress for bunny hopping, it weighs less, and it costs less.
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