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    2010 RST M-29 air sprung or 2009 Tora in the $200 range?

    I am looking at a reasonably priced replacement for the crappy suntour on the 2001 Hardrock disc 29er and I can pick up either of these for around $200 or less new.
    The RST has stellar reviews on here from a couple years ago and I like the idea of having air since I am a clyde, around 220# and if I buy the Tora I'll likely end up spending another $50 on a heavier rated spring.
    Am I right about not having to change anything other than air pressure on the RST based on my weight?
    Recommendations?
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    Where are you finding the RST M-29 for $200? Are you looking on eBay or elsewhere. Looking at the reviews here the fork is very highly regarded, in some cases even more than the Reba SL. What is your current reason for wanting to replace the Suntour?

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    The suntour is crap, complete garbage for someone my size, and I'd like a lockout feature for climbing and riding the park and neighborhood with the wife and kids.
    I'll have to check when I get home but one of the online vendors has the RST for $199 shipped, should I jump on it?
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    I saw the RST fork too. Anybody know where to get replacement parts?
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    Don't they make an air version of the Tora? I would vote Tora, even it requires a new spring, simply because most bike shops can work on a Tora overnight. Also, some will flame me for this, but I still believe a coil spring is smoother than an air shock. Once you get it set up it should be trouble free and smooth as butter for quite a while Keep in mind, you'd most likely still need to buy a shock pump for the RST so the price difference isn't that great between the two...

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    I would jump on it if you have the chance... Especially seeing as the cheapest I can find it, with a quick search is $289...

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    Id like to know as well. if its true I will buy one right now at that price!
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    $199 shipped:
    http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1839

    Now can somebody recommend the fork who has bought one in the last year or so?

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    That is awesome considering BikeIsland does free shipping!! Looking at the RST website they are coming out with a new model that is a bit more "budget" the M-29 Com(p)....

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    IDK about that fork, i'ts kinda like buying a Kia you know the real little one..... Most people will get one but not brag about it. I'd just be wary of serviceability of it if it ever needs a seal or somthing. Go look em up and try to contact RST. Kinda hard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    IDK about that fork, i'ts kinda like buying a Kia you know the real little one..... Most people will get one but not brag about it. I'd just be wary of serviceability of it if it ever needs a seal or somthing. Go look em up and try to contact RST. Kinda hard!
    ???? Really, I was able to find parts manuals, video tutorials, email contact info (granted to a .tw address which means it is factory) and also a distributors page. If that is hard to find for you then I don't want to know what you consider impossible..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash
    ???? Really, I was able to find parts manuals, video tutorials, email contact info (granted to a .tw address which means it is factory) and also a distributors page. If that is hard to find for you then I don't want to know what you consider impossible..
    Perhaps you could share where you found these items with us who are interested.
    That would surely be appreciated.
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    a good US contact for parts is:
    service @ rst-usa.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by rojogonzo
    Thanks Gonz.
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    Anybody know where to get a 2008 Tora 318 Solo Air 29er fork?
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    anybody know if the RST 100mm can be converted to 80mm travel

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    yes, you have to get a new rod from RST USA for the conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by ozonerambler
    anybody know if the RST 100mm can be converted to 80mm travel

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    Looks like this will be the first thing that I pic up for my new Felt!!!! After that will be the update from the Tektro mechanical brakes to either Hayes or Avid BB7's...

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    RST M-29 review: http://twentynineinches.com/2007/08/...9-fork-update/

    I think that if you are looking for a “set it and forget it” fork, you should look no further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R+P+K

    Right, but that review is from August, 2007. Much has changed in the fork world since then. Does anybody have an opinion on 2010 version?

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    Bump! ... and M29 lockout q

    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin
    Right, but that review is from August, 2007. Much has changed in the fork world since then. Does anybody have an opinion on 2010 version?
    I'm interested as well ...

    Does anyone know if/who has the remote lockout assembly and how much it costs?

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    I vaguely remember someone saying in a thread that the lockout can be difficult to work on. Check in the mtbr.com search for info....
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr
    I vaguely remember someone saying in a thread that the lockout can be difficult to work on. Check in the mtbr.com search for info....
    Yup, I'd found that - it was GreenLightGo in his overhaul thread... for some reason when i put "RST" (with quotes, without, M29, etc.) into the search I get nothing... not even this thread! So I figured I'd see if anyone had any thoughts... as this was the most recent RST thread. Thanks.

    Anyone got anything else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    IDK about that fork, i'ts kinda like buying a Kia you know the real little one..... Most people will get one but not brag about it. I'd just be wary of serviceability of it if it ever needs a seal or somthing.
    this is a great analogy.
    and to the dude that said coil is smoother than air- you're absolutely right.

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