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    New Build Fork Help

    Building up a soma juice--uses will be campus hopping around Raleigh, NC and all of the trails and greenways in Raleigh, Durham, etc. I bike Umstead and Falls Lake some too. I'd like to avoid a rigid fork--something with a decent amount of travel would be great. Budget is $300 or under so I've been checking the classifieds often haha. Going on the bontrager mustang wheels I picked up super cheap. What are people using for a lower-end decent fork on the Juice? Like to stay under $300 but could possibly make an exception for the right one

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    Why avoid a rigid fork? Sounds like you're not going to be doing any hardcore riding.

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    I'm Prob not. But Those roots still chatter my teeth!
    I'm looking a lower travel fork that'll take the edge off so to speak.

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    Sub $300 might force you to go rigid. But, rigid 29" is a blast to ride! Keep your eye on CL and MTBR classifieds.
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    True--what if I saved my pennies?
    Would $400 get me into serhing decent?
    I mainly curious as to what guysbare using for that frame. Assuming moderate trail usage and lower travel.

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    Buy used and wait for a good deal to come along. I picked up a nearly new Reba for $250 last year...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffL View Post
    Buy used and wait for a good deal to come along. I picked up a nearly new Reba for $250 last year...
    Yeah--it's going to take me some time to gather parts anyway

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    By a cheap rigid fork until you run upon a deal on a suspension fork, then don't buy the suspension fork because you've decided that you love riding rigid.
    Addicted to the Classifieds

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    haha maybe-- came from a fuel ex9 so Idk if I can totally convert to rigid yet.

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    so this is along the lines of what I'm seeking.

    2011 Rock Shox Reba RL 29er fork - Buy and Sell and Review Mountain Bikes and Accessories

    1) decent price?

    2) anyone vouch for notgeorge haha

    3) it'll fit up fine with the soma juice frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by triple66 View Post
    I'm Prob not. But Those roots still chatter my teeth!
    I'm looking a lower travel fork that'll take the edge off so to speak.
    Manitou tower pro is a good option in your price range

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    On a Juice, if you have a decent rigid fork (I'm using a stocker off a Monocog that a buddy of mine had laying around and gave me) and the correct amount of pressure in a tire 2.3 or larger on the front, you don't need suspension, especially not for roots.

    Consider something like this for a tire. Apparently these even set up well tubeless. Vee Rubber Speed-R 29" Tire > Components > Tires and Tubes > Tires | Jenson USA

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    ok sounds good--I reckon I'm open to the idea of a rigid--

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    Sorry, I misread your post. There are plenty of great used forks out there for sub $300.
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    Got a rebuilt Reba off Ebay last year for $160. Used but overall in good condition.

    Here's one. Saw a few others under $200

    RockShox Reba 29 Fork 100 mm Travel 15mm Maxel with Remote Lockout | eBay
    "Get busy living, or get busy dying"

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    I'd rather do without the remote--but ebay does have some decent deale

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    Quote Originally Posted by triple66 View Post
    I'd rather do without the remote--but ebay does have some decent deale
    I've been riding only rigid for about 5 years, until last summer when I bought a Reba to see if it would help hand/wrist pain I've been having (it didn't). I used the Reba for a couple of months to give it a decent trial, and I've been back on rigid since.

    I also thought a remote would be a waste (I had one on another Reba years ago on a geared bike and never used it). I immediately changed my mind after the first ride with the new Reba. Now that I am firmly in the rigid SS habit, I found the suspension bob maddening when climbing. The only way I tolerated the Reba for the 2 month experiment was to lock it out frequently - even on short climbs - only made practical by the remote.

    *edit: I just recalled your application & type of riding described in your original post - you don't need a remote...
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    no prob--I'm pretty much set on a 100mm travel fork since the juice is designed for a 100.
    open to brands, however these bontrager mustangs wheels I picked up are just a quick release skewer, no axle or anything.

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    Try the TriangleMTB board and/or craigs list.
    Bike Parts and Accessories For Sale

    Honestly there is really no point in getting a new fork for QR wheelset. All future high end forks will be Through Axle. My guess is that a lot of people will want to sell QR style forks on the used market.

    The REBA is a good fork but really pretty much all the brands have pretty nice forks at that price level.

    Also, I am in the Raleigh area. We have a pretty good group of single speeders in the area. After the snow melts send me a PM if you want to get out for a ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by febikes View Post
    Try the TriangleMTB board and/or craigs list.
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    Honestly there is really no point in getting a new fork for QR wheelset. All future high end forks will be Through Axle. My guess is that a lot of people will want to sell QR style forks on the used market.

    The REBA is a good fork but really pretty much all the brands have pretty nice forks at that price level.

    Also, I am in the Raleigh area. We have a pretty good group of single speeders in the area. After the snow melts send me a PM if you want to get out for a ride.
    makes sense thank-you...
    I'll pm ya

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