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    Fork died. Need a new fork. Also, I'm effing broke.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for a solid fork for a rough riding 40yr old who is currently broke? Something cheap, but serviceable?

    I'm in Boulder and typically ride the likes of Poison Spider, Hall, White, Slickrock, Marshals, Enchilada, Etc...

    Thanks all.

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    what is your budget?
    If you're talking ~$100, then you'll just have to check the classifieds, but there are some decent forks around $300.

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    I would say look for a Rock Shox Pike......they're solid performing forks that are cheap to service and you should be able to get a good deal on ebay or mtbr

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    We need some more info. Like how much travel you need, what size drop outs, steerer size, disk or v-brake?

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    Sorry, posted that in a rush.
    I'm in the under $300 range, disk, 100mm travel. Thanks for the responses so far.

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    QR, 20mm TA, 15mm TA?

    Assuming straight steerer?

    Rockshox Tora (if you've got a QR front wheel) or Pike (if you've got a 20mm front wheel) would be my recommendations. Both are really easy to service and have pretty good damping.

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    Thanks all for the responses. Here is what I'm looking for, and what I have to spend.

    Straight Steer, 9mm Dropout, 120-140mm, Disk, all for not over $400

    I'm going to find something this week, since Boulder is finally drying up.

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    One option - Manitou Minute Expert 130mm.

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    Pricepoint - 2011 Fox 32 RL open bath straight steerer, disc, 140mm...only catch is steerer cut to 7". $299

    Fox 32 Float RL 140mm Open Bath Fork 2011 | Fox Racing Shox | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

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    I also just dropped by Dirtlabs and had then suggest the X Fusion VELVET RL2 DLA.

    Anyone have experience with this line?

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    I have a medium frame 2008 Stump Jumper FSR. 7" should be plenty, right?

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    In my opinion Manitou is THE value fork right now. Their dampers are as good as anything out there, the weight are competitive, and the chassis are solid.

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    It should be but I would measure your existing steerer to be safe.

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    Thanks all. I'm looking at that Manitou Minute Expert now. Looks well within all my needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATPHAT View Post
    Thanks all. I'm looking at that Manitou Minute Expert now. Looks well within all my needs.
    best bet... reasonably light, better small bump performance than anything it's it's class/price range. solid.. well built... can't beat a Manitou right now.
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    Re: Fork died. Need a new fork. Also, I'm effing broke.

    Recon Gold TK from Random Bike Parts for $238 is a pretty good (and moderately lightweight) choice and budget friendly.

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    the Rock Shox TK damper is complete garbage compared to Manitou's TPC damper. There's no reason to go with it if you can get a Manitou for anywhere near that price (and you absolutely can).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    the Rock Shox TK damper is complete garbage compared to Manitou's TPC damper. There's no reason to go with it if you can get a Manitou for anywhere near that price (and you absolutely can).
    I have to agree, dealt with a LOT of rock shox and all their issues Never had a single issue with any manitou ever
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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Recon Gold TK from Random Bike Parts for $238 is a pretty good (and moderately lightweight) choice and budget friendly.
    Is the OP after a 29er fork ?

    http://www.randombikeparts.com/Items/350166?

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    Sorry, no. I'm still a 26er.

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I went ahead and got the Manitou. $266 on Backcountry.com
    I imagine this will hold me over till finances level out. Then it's a new bike I think.

    Thanks again MTBR!

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    Wanted to let you guys know, I ended up with the Manitou and it's serving well. Dialing it in now and think it will be just fine till I can afford something better.

    Thanks!

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    I dont think you'll find anything better at any price... seriously.

    If its not exactly what you want, you can easily reshim it to be. Its really an excellent fork. The only downside to manitous lineup is that they dont come in popular travel sizes (no 150 or 160, nothing bigger than a 32mm etc). If they offer something that fits you bike, its an excellent choice.

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