*this was also posted in the 29er Components forum*
I'm building up a RIP 9 and am having some trouble with fork options. Here's my line of thought:
If the Pike was available now, I'd buy it and that'd be the end of it. I can't simply wait for it - I have literally nothing to ride until I get a fork.
I need something to ride at least until the Pike is available, at which time I can sell what I'm riding, or keep it, if I like it.
The Trace is affordable - is it really comparable in terms of performance and relative resale value when comparing to the Fox 34?
The Revelation has many fans, but I can get the more stout Trace for less.
The Fox is probably the best comparison to the Pike, but I'm not sure if I want to drop the coin on it. I had one on my last (stolen) RIP that I liked well enough, but there are lighter options. Do I need the big stanchions?
I'm 175 with gear, climb a lot, bomb uber rocky descents, and ride 3-4 times a week.
Fox 34: $740
RS Rev: $590
Pike: $??? - likely to be close to the Fox pricing
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