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    RST Renegade Feedback

    I know the Mastodon is the fork of choice. I have a Magnum that I run with 27.5x3.8 and dig it. But the RST renegade is so so cheap, I am intrigued as I would like to run 29+ and bigger fat tires than my current set up allows. Any feedback from long term users?

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    Quote Originally Posted by telejefe View Post
    I know the Mastodon is the fork of choice. I have a Magnum that I run with 27.5x3.8 and dig it. But the RST renegade is so so cheap, I am intrigued as I would like to run 29+ and bigger fat tires than my current set up allows. Any feedback from long term users?
    I've been running a Renegade for going on two years now and have had absolutely no problems having used it hard in all kinds of nasty conditions. I recently obtained a wheelset for running 29 X 3.0 on one of my fat bikes using a Renegade and it works great.

    For some comparison, I have a 29+ bike equipped with a Magnum and it pains me to admit that I have a slight preference for the fat bike set up for 29+. I'm giving the fat bike to my kid (ulterior motive.....he's moving to Anchorage and it'll be waiting for me to use when I visit)

    I'd really like to have the justification to buy a Mastodon but since I've been fully satisfied with the performance of the Renegade, it's difficult to justify the purchase when it's more than twice the price. (found @ < $300 shipped on ebay)

    If it's a cost effective means for you to get into plus, I'd say go for it.

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    I've been running one for a couple weeks or so. I have a bluto that likes to leak air, but the price was right, so I tried the Renegade. The fork has great clearance for width(lower legs are 6" apart), but I was disappointed to find that the Showshoe XXL does not clear the arch at the top. It will turn, but with much resistance. Dropping the pressure to sub 1 psi gets it close, but still some rub. I have to swap to my carbon fork for that tyre, which is a nuisance, but whatevs.

    I found that the recommended pressure was way too low for my liking. It suggested 80 psi, I think, but I've been running it at 150. Might drop it down a hair. The rebound adjust works. It was a bit bouncy with minimum rebound setting. Dialed it up all the way and it went away. Ended up somewhere in the middle of the adjustment range. While I don't think the damping is anything special, it runs thru it's travel smoothly, holds air, and gets me some cushion on the fatbike. For the price paid, it's doing it's job. I didn't run them back to back, but believe it's stiffer than the bluto I ran before. The lockout works and is very firm. Almost rigid.

    I don't regret it yet, but long term is the real test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaHag View Post
    That particular fork has 100 mm travel.

    Here is a 120 mm fork for a little more:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RST-Renegad...YhYO:rk:9:pf:0

    It's in AUS, so look at the USD amount.

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    Do you guys know if the 100mm can be changed to 120mm? I emailed RST with no answer, great sign. hopeing a spacer could be removed to get the 120....

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    I have that fork and actually like it also.... the problem is the company, I emailed them asking where I can get parts to do a lower leg service and no reply. I can't find a service kit being sold anywhere for it. Heard similar experiences from others.

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    Anyone obtain RENEGADE parts?

    Starting on page 62
    Some parts listed, assume some are Renegade cross compatible?
    (Air Cartridge Upgrade Kit same as OMEGA 29/ AERIAL 29?)

    http://rstsuspension.com/images/Cata...-Catalogue.pdf

    DAMPER: OCR O-ring kit?
    O-ring kit for 32mm H5GORHGEC0-AM (?)

    May or may not be relevant?
    https://youtu.be/VXWqDzcoKEc
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    Whoa, I missed this the first time I read the post (and sorry this is slightly off topic), but a Magnum clears a 27.5x3.8" tire? What setup, would like to hear more about that

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    I thought RST made a junk fork in 1997 and offered piss poor customer service. It looks like nothing has changed 22 years later. Iím surprised they are still in business.

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    Life is to short to ride rst forks.
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    I have a Magnum Comp 27.5+ . It fits the Hodag 27.5x3.8 mounted on a stans Hugo (50mm internal). Works great - and love it from spring to fall - but miss the fatness of my fat bike. Now considering 29+ for spring-fall and fatter setup for winter....

    Anyway thanks to those with good comments or experience.

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    Can get a renegade off aliexpress for under $300 usd


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