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    hows the shocks on this bike compare to the RS Dart3

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=40347&eid=103

    SR Suntour SF9-XCM-V2, 100mm, 1pc. alloy lower, 30mm Hi-Ten stanchions, coil/mcu spring w/ preload adj., spring seals

    how are those shocks compared the Rock Shox Dart 3?

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    The Dart has compression and rebound damping along with a lock out. While the legs are a skinnier 28mm, at least they are cromoly vs hi-ten on the Suntour fork.

    The Dart 3 is a better fork...even dare I say substantially better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    The Dart has compression and rebound damping along with a lock out. While the legs are a skinnier 28mm, at least they are cromoly vs hi-ten on the Suntour fork.

    The Dart 3 is a better fork...even dare I say substantially better.
    really?!?! my LBS told me that the shocks on that P.1 All Mountain are more heavy duty than the dart 3's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    really?!?! my LBS told me that the shocks on that P.1 All Mountain are more heavy duty than the dart 3's...
    I'm sure they weren't trying to sell you that particular bike

    Your question was how it compares to the Dart3 and the Dart3 is better. If you want the more heavy duty fork, then this one can't be beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    I'm sure they weren't trying to sell you that particular bike

    They are right about one thing...they are more heavy
    so the shocks on the supposed "made for jumping" P.1 AM are worse than the XC Rockhoppers?

    lol damn
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    I'm sure they weren't trying to sell you that particular bike

    Your question was how it compares to the Dart3 and the Dart3 is better. If you want the more heavy duty fork, then this one can't be beat
    whats so good about this fork?
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    If you want the more heavy duty fork, then this one can't be beat
    Um, Rigids are, by definition, more heavy duty than any suspension fork. Arguably, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    so the shocks on the supposed "made for jumping" P.1 AM are worse than the XC Rockhoppers?

    lol damn
    The Suntour is probably a stronger and definitely a stiffer fork, both of which are good for jumping. You don't need a very advanced damping system for jumping, nor do you need lockout.

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    Stupid DB upgrade.
    Last edited by bad mechanic; 07-01-2009 at 08:54 AM.

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    Stupid DB upgrade.
    Last edited by bad mechanic; 07-01-2009 at 08:54 AM.

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    Stupid DB upgrade.
    Last edited by bad mechanic; 07-01-2009 at 08:54 AM.

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    Stupid DB upgrade.
    Last edited by bad mechanic; 07-01-2009 at 08:54 AM.

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    Stupid DB upgrade.
    Last edited by bad mechanic; 07-01-2009 at 08:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic
    The Suntour is probably a stronger and definitely a stiffer fork, both of which are good for jumping. You don't need a very advanced damping system for jumping, nor do you need lockout.
    ic, so u think that suntour model in the original post will be able to withstand more damange?
    for example: hitting curbs, hopping off NYC curbs, hitting potholes
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    ic, so u think that suntour model in the original post will be able to withstand more damange?
    for example: hitting curbs, hopping off NYC curbs, hitting potholes
    The wheel will give out before either the Suntour or the Rock Shox. The Suntour would most likely take the rigors of dirt jumping significantly better than the Dart. If you're looking for a XC or AM fork, though, you're better off saving your money and buying a fork with a proper damping system.

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