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    Air Fork pro's & con's

    From the specialized website I notice that many of the models with higher specs have air forks over forks with springs. What are the advantages of an air fork over a spring fork? There must be something or else the bikes equipped with them would not cost more....right?

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    adjustability, weight
    many prefer coil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambdamaster
    adjustability, weight
    many prefer coil
    why would many prefer the coil sprung forks as you say?

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    I've read and heard that the coil springs actaully work better but they are heavier,weight trumps function when under human power.Of course I dont know all the reasons but racing rules the consumer eye most of the time and the lighter weight components get the nod for the spotlight.You would never see a XC racer using a coil spring unless they start making lite enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swengo86
    why would many prefer the coil sprung forks as you say?
    Usually less money. Less friction from seals. More linear (constant spring rate).
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    ive been trying for a long time now for my bike shop to get me a lighter spring for the 36 van on my 08 sxt, im only 130 pounds and the fork is not soft enough for my weight, its an exercise in frustration trying to get down rocky decents the way the set up is, grrr, at this stage i wish i had an air fork

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    coils feel better unless you're going for a high end fork...
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    coil feeling better is purely a subjective notion
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    wouldn't you say a more linear feel is better in a fork?
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    nope, I prefer a more progressive, bottomless feel, particularly near the end of the stroke
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambdamaster
    nope, I prefer a more progressive, bottomless feel, particularly near the end of the stroke
    As do I, particularly on a shorter travel fork.

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