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    spinner grind os 2

    I bought a new 09 Marin Bolinas Ridge bike a while back and it came with the Spinner Grind OS 2 front fork. I've ridden this bike hard twice. I'm still new to the whole mountain bike thing but the right side tube paint is rubbing off... I'm starting to wonder if it's suppose to do that or is it rubbing against metal.

    Anyone familiar with these forks? What is a cheap and better upgrade that is compatible with my v brakes?
    Last edited by trail assassin; 02-19-2010 at 09:08 PM.
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    For a good cheap replacement you can find a Rock Shox Tora for around $200.
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    thanks, any insight on the quality of the fork and how it's built?
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    RockShox Tora 302 Suspension Forks is a long-travel fork for all mountain use with U-Turn travel adjustment, lockout, and alloy steer tube. The travel can be adjusted from 85mm to 130mm via the U-Turn travel knob. .External rebound adjustment and efficient damping oil systems.

    http://www.sram.com/taxonomy/term/10...ckshox/src/fam
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    RockShox Tora 302 Suspension Forks is a long-travel fork for all mountain use with U-Turn travel adjustment, lockout, and alloy steer tube. The travel can be adjusted from 85mm to 130mm via the U-Turn travel knob. .External rebound adjustment and efficient damping oil systems.

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    You want the Tora 318 with Motion Control damping, not the Tora 302 with Turnkey damping.

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    Well I brought the bike in for some warranty repair.



    The fork is super stiff with little give. You can see where the paint is rubbing off.
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    Ya much better. +1 for the 318, Fork looks toasted.
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    I did some more digging around the internet. apparently this fork is naturally super stiff and paint fades......

    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/suspension/2...0_1550crx.aspx
    http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-314724.html

    So the RS Tora 318 is compatible with V brakes? what about the Tora 302?

    Also, what are the disadvantages and advantages of a really stiff fork?
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    Figure I update. The bike shop took apart the fork and found something got stuck which wouldn't let to compress as normal. Greased her up and put it all back together and it's been running strong since.
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