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    Fork deals?

    why are forks so expensive? i'm looking for a decent but affordable XC fork 26" that won't cost an arm and a leg. something with lockout (at least), any good finds? thanks

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    A definition of "not an arm and a leg" would be useful. I presume this is to replace the RS Mag on the bike that appears in your signature? So you have to have V-Brake posts, right? How sensitive to weight are you? The Manitou Match Comp can be had for about $220, that's as good a fork as you can find at that price range, but it's pretty heavy (5.1 lbs). The Manitou Minute is a pound lighter, has an air spring for better adjustability, at a cost of about $100 more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    A definition of "not an arm and a leg" would be useful.
    ha! thanks, you are right. i'd like something that is as close to the $100 range as possible. i know i'm going to spend more, but that's the ideal. i'm doing this on a tight budget so it's gotta be affordable. i've seen some deals on RockShox XC30 TK but i don't know how that compares with what i have now

    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    I presume this is to replace the RS Mag on the bike that appears in your signature? So you have to have V-Brake posts, right? How sensitive to weight are you?
    yes, its for the GT in the sig. i have V-brakes now but i wouldn't mind a forced upgrade to disc (at least up front). i'm a little sensitive to weight. not a maniac or anything but 5 lbs seems pretty heavy for this frame

    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    The Manitou Match Comp can be had for about $220, that's as good a fork as you can find at that price range, but it's pretty heavy (5.1 lbs). The Manitou Minute is a pound lighter, has an air spring for better adjustability, at a cost of about $100 more.
    man forks are expensive...

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    XC30 is about as heavy as the Manitou Match, with a much less capable damping system. And, I don't know if it's available with v-brake bosses.

    Upgrade to front disc brake would require a new front wheel, which blows your budget to pieces.

    I guess I'm just having problems understanding the motivation to put a new fork on a 20-year-old bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    XC30 is about as heavy as the Manitou Match, with a much less capable damping system. And, I don't know if it's available with v-brake bosses.

    Upgrade to front disc brake would require a new front wheel, which blows your budget to pieces.

    I guess I'm just having problems understanding the motivation to put a new fork on a 20-year-old bike?
    +1
    Be For I saw that it's a 20 year old bike I was going to say Amazon you can get a Recon TK Silver Solo Air 100 mm for $287 which IMO is a decent shock no warranty thou.
    The reason I'm buying a new bike is because it don't pay for me to upgrade my 1999 Rock Hopper.
    After replacing everything I still have a 1999 Rock Hopper.
    Save some cash and watch Craigslist you might get lucky and get a good deal on a used bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    XC30 is about as heavy as the Manitou Match, with a much less capable damping system. And, I don't know if it's available with v-brake bosses.
    i'm pretty sure i've seen it set up for v-brakes but like i said, i'm planning on going disc at some point anyway

    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    Upgrade to front disc brake would require a new front wheel, which blows your budget to pieces.
    the budget i mentioned was for a fork only. i've been looking for used forks but haven't found very many that match what i need, hence the thread on new forks

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    I guess I'm just having problems understanding the motivation to put a new fork on a 20-year-old bike?
    i understand.

    here's my logic: i don't like aluminum frames and i really like this GT

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    That on-one rigid looks cool, I'm building up an old Ibis Alibi for my son to grow into, that could be a light bike with that fork. Old used forks often are nearly in need of rebuild, and the affordable new forks are heavy. +1 for going rigid, and saving some weight and maintenance.
    Some of us used to race on rigid bikes back in the old days, rigid bikes can be ridden fast.

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    Given the budget I think you'll be much better served by a used fork. I recently sold a Fox Float Terralogic with both disc and V mounts for $200 on eBay, and I've seen good functional Float 80 or 100 forks go for less than $150. I see good quality Marzochhi Z2 or Z1 forks occasionally for $100 or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oifla View Post
    why are forks so expensive? i'm looking for a decent but affordable XC fork 26" that won't cost an arm and a leg. something with lockout (at least), any good finds? thanks
    Price Point is having a fork sale. Someone made a post about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    This fork was 240 at the end of last season from CRC. They might go on sale again.

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