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    light air suspension fork for kid's bike

    My 10 year old son is riding a 26" size 13 Mtb that came with a RS Dart (advertised 4.9lbs). Looking to up grade to an air fork that's lighter with some adjustability without breaking the bank. 100mm of travel would be plenty. He weighs 70 lbs. Any ideas?

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    Old 28mm SID?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ettore
    Old 28mm SID?
    Yep, look for a older (2008 and earlier) SID dual air. Probably have to run 2.5wt oil in the damper too. But you'll end up with a fork that works for light riders and weighs close to 3lbs.

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    I am building a 14" Sette Frame (26" wheels, but I'm starting him off with 24" wheels I laced up) with a Manitou R-7, it's pretty light at 3.3 lb or so. He's going to be 8, and rides well on a 20" now that he is starting to outgrow.
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    I realize this thread is old, however are there any updates or is this info still current? I'm looking for a lightweight air shock for my daughter's 26 Myka.
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    Kids Sids

    Hey Bill, Older sids are the way to go for kids. I have 2 boys mtbing now and both have crazy light sids. I have an extra, yellow sid laying around ready to run. It was on my boys first k2 mtb. Had it built at 17ish lbs. PM me if ya need them. I'm getting ready to unload many bikes and parts.

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    Older SIDs, Mag 21s and the Manitou R7s are pretty much the all of the lightweight options with an air spring so you can tweak to your kid's weight. You still see new Manitou R7's with v-brake bosses for $300 new. I'd pay up to $100 for an older SID.

    There was also a Spinner Aeris Ti that weighed 1.2kg and seemed to be a good lightweight fork but it'll probably be hard to come by. (Note: the current Spinner Aeris is much heavier and by all accounts a bit cheap and nasty).

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    Thanks!!! Why are the older SIDs recommended? Because they are less expensive, or lighter, or something else?
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    It's all about budget and I know having four kids, price does come into play. Great thing is hand-me-downs after that.

    SIDS are usually just over 2 lbs which is still considered light even by todays standards. Older used forks helps us afford them. Newer ones are nice but the price just goes up. Another good reason it's a common fork and you can still get parts if ever needed.

    I paid $150 on good, ready to run SIDS. Keep it in good shape and it will retain it's value when you sell them.

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    Bill,

    Since I'm in the middle of a similar project for my 9 yo daughter, I also had to answer the same concern: I was looking for air sprung, disc and lightweight. I turned my choice on a SR Suntour Epicon RLD (remote lock out, rebound adjust., 1640 g, 32mm legs, alloy steerer tube). I looked for review coz I was worried about Suntour's fork reputation, but found mostly positive feedbacks concerning that specific 2012 models. At less then 200 $ on ebay, I think it's a goos deal as well.

    Of course, the SIDs discussed here also seem like good a choice ... and wickedlite have one too much ...
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