Help with picking a suspension fork, whats the best old fork in my collection??-
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    Help with picking a suspension fork, whats the best old fork in my collection??

    This is like voting for a politician, trying the pic the lesser of the evils lol

    So i just bought a 99 Super V, and I need to decide which fork to use, unfortunately buying a nice new fork just isnt in the cards right now.

    Choice 1: 05ish Manitou Axel

    Choice 2: 02ish Cannondale Super fatty si

    Possibly Choice 3, but the steerer might be a lil too short Rock Shox Judy

    Are any of these a much better choice than the others? I've never ridden a Headshok before, the other two I currently have installed on some other bikes(one of which will be torn down to build up the Super V)

    SO what would you do?
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    Wait a minute... Did you say you just bought a 99 Super V? You sure made somebody's day eh?

    The Judy is a big skip. No damper, elastomer (maybe a little coil in there above the elastomers?). Get the Manitou but service it first. That thing is a noodle though so if you want something stiffer, go Headshock, just get it serviced.

    Keep the dream alive!

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    manitou wins.

    Only concern is the fork race diameter. I'm not possitive, but I thought the cannondale headtube suspension forks had a different race diameter or required a different headset style (non-standard outer diameter).

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    Well, im a little old school the Super V is light, and has disc brake mounts, plus i got the frame with rear shock, xt front der. and rear disc caliper for under $200 I've always ridden hardtails, but recently had back surgery, so i've decide to give full suspension a shot. I have all these shocks in my garage, thats why im choosing from them. As for the headset, the Manitou is currently mounted on another Cannondale that used to have a headshock, so i have all the reducers, etc.

    I did just notice that the Manitou has a lock out too, which is definately a plus, but i think the headshok does too......

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