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    Coil fork with an air rear shock?

    Anyone run a Fox Van 36 coil fork with a Float R rear air shock or similar setup? Does a coil fork run well with an air rear shock?

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    It works fine. I ran my Mojo that way for 2+ years and never felt it was odd.

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    Back in the old days it used to be the in thing to do, as the prevailing wisdom was that there was a noticeable difference between the two technologies, probably in part due to the stiction inherent in air forks/shocks compared to coil forks. These days, most decent air based systems are a lot smoother in their action, so it is not as noticeable to most riders.
    So in other words, there is no reason why you can't.

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    My old 9mm fox float is just taking a beating and can't keep up with the terrian and my ability. I've gone from trail riding to FR/all mountain/park riding and need something alot more bullit proof.

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    Coil forks, within the same manufacturer, model, and travel, are no more than 1/2 pound heavier, sometime less weight difference.

    Typically coil suspension has smoother small bump and more middle travel support, both being traction advantages, than the air version of the same model.

    Coil forks work great with air rear suspension. Although after feeling the improvement, a coil shock also becomes more desirable.

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    How about a Pike 426 coil U-turn fork to replace the 32 float.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stonebreaker View Post
    How about a Pike 426 coil U-turn fork to replace the 32 float.
    That would be a fine replacement. I went from a TALAS 32 to a Pike 454 coil u-turn many years ago on a previous bike.

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    Go for it, and never look back. Van's are awesome, and don't feel unbalance with newer air shocks at all. Strangely enough though, Fox has discontinued Van's for 2013 so you better grab one soon?

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