I'm a low intermediate xc rider (5'8"/155lbs). The highest jumps I'm comfortable taking right now are about 2feet high. I currently have a 17" hard tail with an 80MM shady Dart 1. Half of my riding is on the pavement with my wife and the other half is/will be pure trail riding w/ jumps.
I need a new fork because just this past weekend I bottomed out my 80mm Dart 1 and it's now squeaking like crazy. I never thought someone with my dimensions and skill level could bottom out a fork! In any case, I've narrowed down my choices to two forks with pro's and con's below (mind you, I'm still a n00b w/ mtn riding so my ratings might be elementary):
Rock Shox Tora 318 Solo Air
Supposedly better overall ride than coil
More adjustable settings to your weight
Great Rock Shox customer service
Lesser maintenance (leaks, breaks) due to the lack of springs
Have to buy a pump and maintain the air inside
Marzocchi MX Pro Lockout
Supposedly better overall brand/quality
Don't have to maintain air pressure (don't have to buy a pump)
Good old coild pressure
less adjustable settings
Now, i'm not really going to adjust my settings all that much. I'm more of a one setting kind of guy. Assuming the price is the same, which would you recommend?
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