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    Sub $200 fork for 2004 FSR XC

    Hello everyone, I recently got a 04 FSR XC and what to update it a little. I have a Fox Float RL that is getting the Push treatment and looking for a new fork to go with it. Currently it's still running the original Axel Comp that came with it.

    Still being a noobie, I don't want to need to spend $$$ on a fork. My dumbass hasn't had a problem with the Axel other than it being a bit soft and a little flexy. But I'm still looking for an update.

    Does not have to be new, but it would be nice

    Looking for 100mm (I don't think 120mm and my body weight would get along with the frame, if it can then I am open to that also)

    Either via spring or air support a 250lbs rider

    Be V-brake compatible.

    Hard $200 limit, and will not be upgraded anytime soon. Next upgrade will be a whole new bike

    My attempts at research what might fit in my budget I've come across

    Rock Shox XC 32 TK
    RockShox XC2 TK 100mm Coil Fork with PopLoc 2012 | RockShox | Brand |

    RockShox Recon Silver TK 2012

    Manitou Match Comp ($201)
    Manitou Match Comp Suspension Fork 100mm Black QR w/Bosses

    I'm sure I'm missing other options as well such as Fox but I didn't quickly find any in my budget.

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    I recommend Manitou Match Comp in that price range because damping performance is a lot better than TK or many other dampers (I can't think of any fork that has better price/performance ratio in that price range). Absolute+ damper uses shim stack compression and rebound damping that is highly advanced compared to TK-damper (that uses primitive plastic orifice damper). The cheapest Fox forks are a lot more expensive than 200$ unless you can find a used and highly discounted fork.

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