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    The Ultimate SS fork?

    Is the Fox F80X/F100X the ultimate singlespeed suspension fork??? I've been riding rigid for the last 6 months and a buddy offered my a 2004 Minute 2 to try out on my singlespeed. I installed the fork. The squshsey fork smoothed out the bumps and made it feel like I was going faster on the downhills. On the climbs and sprinting the thing would BOB like crazy. I pumped up the SPV chamber with higher and higher pressures and still bobbed like crazy. The climbs were e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y s-l-o-w. Felt like I was riding on 2 flat tires in 4 inches of sand. After just turning 44 years old and the fact that I've been riding my singlespeed 85-90% of the time(I haven't ridden my Trek Fuel 100 in 2 weeks), I think it's time to try a different fork on my one geared "work decompresson and fitness device"(aka singlespeed). I guess the only fork that really offers bump absorption and automatic out of the saddle and mash you heart out "bob-free" near lock-out effect is the FOX X series fork? Does anyone have anything else to offer? Comments? Recommendations? -XCBob
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    I for one am a true believer now in the Fox Terralogic stuff. I have had pretty good forks along the way as a baseline and cannot say enough about the new fork. I think for single speeding in particular it is even that much more of an incredible for. When you stand it move down just a little bit and just sits there.....does not bob. It is truly not a marketing gimic.....unlike SPV technology which has a 2-way valve, the Terralogic stuff just simply works and opens up only from the trail. In terms of downhill, it is extremely laterally stiff and takes pretty much whatever I throw at it without complaining to me. Unlike 2 other Fox forks I have had which did NOT impress me (pre-2005 Float 100RLC which struggles to be set to get all travel without making it too mushy and pre-2005 Talas which is WAY too linear), this fork is off the shizzle.....but not free unfortnately.
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    Great fork for SS application.
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    darn you and your Ti Phil Wood PISSOFF show-off pictures looking down at us folks who only have steel Phils

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    Who dosen't like porn...err I mean art
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    you son of a Gun!! You have one hell of a bike!! I think I need to buy a Ti Phil just to one up you

    that is truly an incredible bike!

    I think however you need a red Hope seatpost clamp, a read SRP red anodized crank bolt, some goodridge brake lines and perhaps even a Connex 909 red chain!!!

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    Kiss Imo...

    Quote Originally Posted by XCBob
    Is the Fox F80X/F100X the ultimate singlespeed suspension fork??? I've been riding rigid for the last 6 months and a buddy offered my a 2004 Minute 2 to try out on my singlespeed. I installed the fork. The squshsey fork smoothed out the bumps and made it feel like I was going faster on the downhills. On the climbs and sprinting the thing would BOB like crazy. I pumped up the SPV chamber with higher and higher pressures and still bobbed like crazy. The climbs were e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y s-l-o-w. Felt like I was riding on 2 flat tires in 4 inches of sand. After just turning 44 years old and the fact that I've been riding my singlespeed 85-90% of the time(I haven't ridden my Trek Fuel 100 in 2 weeks), I think it's time to try a different fork on my one geared "work decompresson and fitness device"(aka singlespeed). I guess the only fork that really offers bump absorption and automatic out of the saddle and mash you heart out "bob-free" near lock-out effect is the FOX X series fork? Does anyone have anything else to offer? Comments? Recommendations? -XCBob
    I suppose you need to ask yourself why are you riding a SS. Personally I ride a SS because of low maintenance and high durability. I own other bikes but when it's muddy riding (at least 1/3 of the year here in PA) or when I go away on vacations I want a bike that can be ridden hard and put away wet without fear of failing me.

    Keeping with the KISS principle I run one of the most durable, solid, low maintenance forks around. A Fox Vanilla Coil RL. That is one nice fork. The lockout is nice for climbs and smooth sections. When locked out the fork still has a blow off valve to take the edge off of bigger hits. I often find myself riding it around locked out. It has adjustable travel by swapping the internal spacer so you can run it at 80-100-125 mm. They can be had for a fraction of the cost of an X series. One problem with the fork is that it seemed a bit too plush for my style of SS riding. I simply went to a heavier spring.

    I'm sure an inertia valve would be sweet and I'm sure it would make me a few seconds faster on a given ride. But that ain't worth squat to me when a year or two down the road that fancy valve goes belly up and I've got to lay out the cash and time to install another.

    Again ask what you are looking to get out of your ride.

    Mike

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    I don't hate it

    I recently got an F80X for my geared bike and it's the only suspension fork I don't hate. I do think it's ridiculously heavy for a 80mm travel fork though, especially one intended for racing. And they're absurdly expensive. But being the weight weenie I am, I'll take the .8-.5 lbs weight penalty for the awesome lockout performance, and I got mine used for not TOO much.

    So all in all, yes, it's the perfect suspension fork for a single speed.
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    Hey!

    Get some dirt on that darn thing

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    I've been riding one on my geared bike for the last 9 months and plan on replacing my rigid fork (spicer ti) with one on my SS as soon as I have the extra $. Like others have said, the Terralogic valve truly works as advertised.

    Besides the cost, the only other down side is that they seem to develop leaky seals more easily than most forks. Mine started about a month ago and I will be ripping it apart this week to replace the stock seals with enduro seals.

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    doesnt some company make an inertial valve that can be retrofitted onto Fox forks? I was thinking that would be a good fit for a Vanilla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Wombat
    doesnt some company make an inertial valve that can be retrofitted onto Fox forks? I was thinking that would be a good fit for a Vanilla.
    Actually I just found it, Stratos makes an inertial damper to retrofit fox forks at 100mm or more travel for a mere $185.

    http://www.stratashock.com/main.html

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    the coolest singlespeedfork i have
    pace rc 31
    Last edited by singlestoph; 07-10-2005 at 06:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XCBob
    ...I haven't ridden my Trek Fuel 100 in 2 weeks...
    hell, I haven't ridden mine in over 2 YEARS...

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlestoph
    the coolest singlespeedfork i have
    pace rc 31
    WHOA! What color is that? That shade of green is KILLER!!!!!!! Is your frame a curtlo?
    Quite possibly the slowest single speeder on earth.
    Now skating 'cause its cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    I think however you need a red Hope seatpost clamp, a read SRP red anodized crank bolt, some goodridge brake lines and perhaps even a Connex 909 red chain!!!
    Funny you should say that, see pic. The red chain was too much though.

    P.S. have you been lurking in my garage?

    P.P.S. Sorry for the hijack!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2PAAD
    Get some dirt on that darn thing

    Eric
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlestoph
    the coolest singlespeedfork i have
    pace rc 31

    saw your bike on the german forum... nice ride!
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    I Like Mine

    I took a Float and bought a Terra X cartridge from fox and converted mine. It has been a greatS/S fork. I own 2 s/s bikes the other has a Talas fork on it, I can defiately feel the Talas fork fork pumping away on the climbs, and it seems to make the rear tire spin a little easier due to lack of weight transfer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uno-speedo
    Funny you should say that, see pic. The red chain was too much though.

    P.S. have you been lurking in my garage?

    P.P.S. Sorry for the hijack!
    very cool...thought I think the Connex 909 chain with only every other plate red may not be overkill

    please let me know about the SRP you show in the pic.....the only ones I can see on their website are these and I like the ones you have....please advise!!

    p.s. sorry about furthering the thread hijack

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    I used to agree

    When I first put this bike together, I would have agreed that the F100X was my favourite fork.
    But after riding RIGID all winter(and now all Spring and Summer) I have been trying to Make myself put the F100X back on.
    My choice would be Rigid 1st, then F100X 2nd .
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    good point.....I actually love riding rigid forks as well. as such, the new bike build I just ordered will be coming with a rigid fork.....my Phil wood will be built to take some abuse and will be used for rougher riding and the new bike will be my ligher weight, fully rigid, speed demon (the bike, not the rider).

    cheers

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    I'll probably go back

    to the F100X on this bike when my 29er is done. Squishy 26" ,rigid 29" that's probably the way it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neville
    to the F100X on this bike when my 29er is done. Squishy 26" ,rigid 29" that's probably the way it should be.
    Hey...we have a lot in common!! That is exactly my theory!

    I just completed ordering the parts for my new 29er that should be ready in a couple of weeks......I went with a Karate Monkey rigid fork for the initial build. The reason I did not go with something nicer is because I want a true suspension-corrected 470mm fork and in general, you have to go custom route and I want to ride my bike right away. However, I will be replacing the KM fork soon thereafter but at least it will be rideable right away upon receipt of the frame!

    cheers

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    I bought a NOS Noleen Crosslink for 100 bucks, and it's really nice. The lateral stiffness feels like a rigid fork. The linkage travels in a 'j' pattern, so the initial wheel movement is toward the rear of the bike, not upwards. So, while the shock moves while out of the saddle, it's not really felt as up/down bobbing.

    The downsides are that it's only 2.5 inches of travel and not all that adjustable. But it was cheap, and it's way better than the old style Judy SL (remember the yellow ones everybody wanted in '97?).

    Jeff

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