I had a 2001 Giant Rainier SE that I really liked and rode all over some of the best trails in the US. It was my first disc and front suspension bike, and did everything I wanted it to do. Then it got stolen last year. I had since got into road biking where I spent alot of cash and am happy, but now I need to get back into MTB with all the great trails available.
I see that to stretch my money in buying a new hardtail (no more than $900-$1000), I will probably sacrifice some fork. Currently looking at the Giant Talon 29er 0, which gets alot of bad reviews for the fork. I admit I haven't ridden it yet, but you never really ride a bike until you take it out on your trail anyway.
Since I really have no other experience with a fork other than the stock Marzocchi Bomber Z5 (which was fantastic for me), the questions I have are:
1- Is the stock 2012 Rock Shox XC30 as good as the 2001 Marzocchi Bomber Z5?
2 - What fork is currently similar to the Marzocchi Bomber Z5? Cost?
3- Is there a bike comparable to the 2001 Rainier SE today? I would like to try a 29er, and the Talon 29er 0 fits my needs and has decent components. Not against buying used. No joy on CL yet.
Excited to be back with the MTB crowd soon!
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