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    Very light front suspension fork? Short travel, light loads.

    Hey all, my front fork seems to have bit the bullet. It was an old Rockshox SID SL, so very light. Looking for a replacement.

    It's an unusual application- it's on a recumbent offroader, which I race due to a neck injury. (I do ride it hard, and have been on the podium...)

    I don't need a lot of travel, and it doesn't carry anywhere near the load you upright riders put on your front fork as most of the weight is on the big back shock, but I do need it to soak up some hits.

    This could be my chance to go from 26" to 650B I suppose, and also from QR to a maxi-axle.

    I do have a spare Rockshox SL which may have a bit of life left in it, but the writing's on the wall.

    Anybody have a weight-weenie suggestion for me, preferably not in the $1000+ price range? Doesn't have to be new model.

    Thanks guys (gals).

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    Well, you could look on ebay for another old SID. Otherwise, you could look into a Manitou R7 or Marvel. They are close to 3.3-3.6 lbs. They are pretty cheap. Of course, you could also get a new SID, but those are kinda expensive.
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    You might also try the Magura Durin Race, also ~3.2 pounds, 100mm of travel, for about $450 new.

    Aside from that it uses a double arch system, which might be especially beneficial for you. Since forks are designed to be more or less vertical, I'm thinking your reclined orientation isn't ideal for the load.. That extra arch might help.

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    Thanks for the help.The Magura Durin SL looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Well, you could look on ebay for another old SID. Otherwise, you could look into a Manitou R7 or Marvel. They are close to 3.3-3.6 lbs. They are pretty cheap. Of course, you could also get a new SID, but those are kinda expensive.
    I was excited to find a Reba World Cup with blackbox carbon crown and steerer that claimed 1265g on eBay. It arrived, in excellent condition, but #%!! - typo in the listings- it's 1625g.
    Very light for such a sturdy fork, but it's more than I need.

    Vendor was good and offered a refund, but it's back to the drawing board. Quest for sub-1300g fork continues.

    Before I return it, anybody here interested? 26" QR, $450.

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