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    New question here. Any closeout forks with ~5" travel and air springs? (cross posted from Shocks)

    My wife just bought a 06 Norco Fluid One frame (looks similar to a Tuner 5 Spot) and we are now looking for a new fork for it to replace the anchient Marzocchi Z3 light (4") on her current XC FS bike. The rest of the build will be moved over, other than the new Juicy 7 brakes already bought.

    There are lots of 05 & 06 forks still out there on sale, both aftermarket & OEM. I haven't been following fork technology closely for a couple of years so I'm sort of out of the loop.

    What would you suggest for an air sprung, ~5" travel, standard drop out fork for XC/AM use for a woman? Important factors; performance, reliability, weight.

    What is the best fork for the bucks?


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    I just bought this:

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/14526-315_MARSL6-43-Brands-214-Marzocchi-Forks/Marzocchi-Marathon-SL-Suspension-Fork-'06.htm

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    the prices on this site is just very hard to ignore. I'm not too sure if they're legit though... But i'm gonna find out soon...

    http://www.ebikestop.com/Forks/Suspe...nsion%20Forks/

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    Idea! Manitou Minute is a good choice

    Greenfish Adventure Sports has 2005 Manitou Minute 2:00 on sale. Air sprung and light at under 4lbs.
    http://www.greenfishsports.com/index...ROD&ProdID=869


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    sorry wrong post

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    I just bought...

    a Marz AMII from Jenson for $169 - haven't installed it yet though....

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    50% off

    http://pricepoint.com/detail/13715-315_MARM35-3-Parts-59-Forks/Accessories/Marzocchi-All-Mountain-3-Suspension-Fork-'05.htm
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    RS Tora 302 (5.3 lbs.)-Bluesky but when I bought mine I pricematched at Jenson. Yea I know they're heavy, but check out the reviews for the 302 here.

    Manitou Nixon (4.6 lbs.) at Pricepoint.

    I also like the Marz Marathon mentioned above.

    What weight range are you looking at?
    Last edited by tibug; 02-14-2007 at 05:51 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tibug
    RS Tora 302 (5.3 lbs.)-Bluesky but when I bought mine I pricematched at Jenson. Yea I know they're heavy, but check out the reviews for the 302 here.

    Manitou Nixon (4.6 lbs.) at Pricepoint.

    Marzocchi Marathon SL (3.75 lbs.) at Bluesky.

    What weight range are you looking at?
    The Marz is $30 cheaper at Pricepoint at the link I gave above.

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    Here's another good option:

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=18403

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyeager
    The Marz is $30 cheaper at Pricepoint at the link I gave above.
    Sorry, I'll remove that from my post. Thanks for saying something.
    I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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    Revelation

    I had one on my 5 Spot and loved it (just sold the bike frame and got an RFX though) - the U-turn is a nice feature, motion control damping is top notch and the air versions are very light and stiff - much stiffer than the fox 130 or 140mm forks. Almost all the 5 Spot owners would recommend one unless you wanted a 20mm thru axle fork and then they would tell you to get a Pike which is essentially the same fork with a thru axle. There are some decent deals if you shop around. Universal Cycles currently has a 15% off coupon running for example.

    If you want a used 06 Revelation I am selling one in the classifieds.

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    I second the Revelation, but it is somewhat $expensive$. I guess the Tora is more of a hardtail fork or xc oriented fs bike, and I think it might be weird on a more am oriented bike like the fluid.

    Tell me if I'm just tossing out bs!
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    Weird, I wasn't getting announcements that people replied to this thread. Sorry I hadn't checked back sooner.

    Found a lightly used Talas RLC locally that she bought tonight.

    Thanks for the help everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpercussive
    the prices on this site is just very hard to ignore. I'm not too sure if they're legit though... But i'm gonna find out soon...

    http://www.ebikestop.com/Forks/Suspe...nsion%20Forks/

    Thanks man, I have a new place to shop from now. I don't really care if they're legit or not.
    I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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    e bikestop is legit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigduddy
    e bikestop is legit.

    Yea, but it must be being updated now cuz its dead ?
    I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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