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    2015 Rockhopper Comp Questions

    I just ordered a new XL Rockhopper Comp which comes w/a SR Suntour XCR 29 Fork. I know that is the best fork known to man
    I know the Rockhoppers all got slightly downgraded for 2015 - I debated getting one of the more expensive Rockhoppers that come w/air forks but from the Comp on up the frame/wheels are the same and the Comp came in a color that really worked for me. I got stuck w/an ugly color on my last bike and after having to suffer with it for 10 years I was determined to do better even if it meant having to do some more upgrades after purchase.

    I'm a big guy(6'2" 260lbs) and I'm wondering if I should bother seeing about upgrading the springs in this fork. I may eventually upgrade it to an Air fork but for now - I'm hammering the stock one. Is there going to be enough preload adjustment on the Suntour to make it work OK for me? I'm just a fitness/adventure kinda rider - no rocks, big downhills or jumps. My last bike was a 2004 Giant Warp DS1 FS that I had shock and fork springs swapped out at purchase.

    Also, since a lot changed from the 2014 Rockhoppers to the 2015s there isn't a lot of reviews/detailed info out for the new models. I'd welcome any advice - info

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    Your weight puts you outside the range of performance that fork's spring can accommodate.
    I would get a Raidon air fork through the Suntour Loyalty Program for $200.
    SR Suntour North America Loyalty Upgrade Program
    I've seen the Raidon on a VooDoo Bizango 29 as a 120mm travel fork. If available, I would put that on your bike. It would help with the geo a bit.
    VooDoo Bizango 29er mountain bike review 599.99 | MBR
    Not a bike easily available in the US.

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    Fork Situation....

    Thanks for the reply

    Yea...I was pretty sure it was going to be inadequate for "real" mountain biking. That fork you mention is out of stock at the moment. I'm hoping the existing fork will be ok for my daily workout rides till I can deal with it. Do you think it'll allow for proper trim while riding? In other words - will the fork sag enough to mess up the geometry/riding position till I can deal with it? I live in fl.us and the area I ride is pretty smooth sand and clay with some roots - even a good fork isn't going to be working hard.

    I've got experience with motorcycle suspensions and would have no problem swapping the coil out if they are cheap and available...even though the fork is apparently not worth the effort in the long run.

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    Your weight puts you outside the range of performance that fork's spring can accommodate.
    I would get a Raidon air fork through the Suntour Loyalty Program for $200.
    SR Suntour North America Loyalty Upgrade Program
    I've seen the Raidon on a VooDoo Bizango 29 as a 120mm travel fork. If available, I would put that on your bike. It would help with the geo a bit.
    VooDoo Bizango 29er mountain bike review 599.99 | MBR
    Not a bike easily available in the US.

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    I guess you can fab up something to get you through some rides. I'd try a spacer of Schedule 40 plastic plumbing pipe if it fits to maintain ride height.

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    I would ride the bike first to see what happens. Check with the bike shop to see if the fork internals can be uprated cheaply if needed

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    I'm 285lbs and I rode a 2011 Hardrock 29er with an XCM fork and it was fine - for what it was. For fitness/casual riding you'll be alright. You will experience some pogo-sticking but it won't be too bad. I replaced my fork with a Rockshox Reba and I've been in happy land ever since. Just ride it and don't do crazy things and you'll be fine.

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    Thanks again for the replies. I've put some miles on the new bike now. The bike shop staff said the larger sizes usually come with a stiffer spring. I'm assuming that is the case because I was able to get the sag set correctly with the existing spring. The fork seems to be at least as good as the RockShox Judy on my 11 year old Giant FS. Like I mentioned before - there are ZERO rocks in the area I ride...roots maybe - but no rocks. This fork will do the job till I get something better.

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    Post up a pic of your new ride!!
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    Right after the first ride....

    I like it.


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    Post up a pic of your new ride!!

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