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    Who makes the fork I need?

    I need a new fork for my Sinister DNA hardtail. I ride singletrack, downhill, street, and dirt jumps all with this bike -
    Currently riding a Manitou Stance, because it was cheap and I was in a hurry to get the bike together. I rode a Sherman 100/130 on my last hardtail. Why do they not make that fork any more?

    I want these features:

    4-5"/100-130mm travel (5" if nonadjustable)
    coil spring(s) (NO AIR)
    oil bath damping, don't give a mess about a lockout or a threshhold or a SPV
    20mm thru-axle NOT stupid QR20 crap
    at least 32mm stanchions
    burly enough to withstand dirtjumping, skatepark, light street
    light enough to trailride (sub 5.5#)

    Marzocchi Z.1 used to be the absolute best-feeling, strongest fork, but now they only make it in 6" versions, which makes this bike too slack. I can break a Fox fork crown in less than one day. Manitou's "splash type" lubrication needs too much maintenance, and it's sticky. I've never really liked RockShox, but is the Pike the only fork that has what I want?

    I'm not in the game enough to be up on this stuff any more. Any good ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shopvet
    I need a new fork for my Sinister DNA hardtail. I ride singletrack, downhill, street, and dirt jumps all with this bike -
    Currently riding a Manitou Stance, because it was cheap and I was in a hurry to get the bike together. I rode a Sherman 100/130 on my last hardtail. Why do they not make that fork any more?

    I want these features:

    4-5"/100-130mm travel (5" if nonadjustable)
    coil spring(s) (NO AIR)
    oil bath damping, don't give a mess about a lockout or a threshhold or a SPV
    20mm thru-axle NOT stupid QR20 crap
    at least 32mm stanchions
    burly enough to withstand dirtjumping, skatepark, light street
    light enough to trailride (sub 5.5#)

    Marzocchi Z.1 used to be the absolute best-feeling, strongest fork, but now they only make it in 6" versions, which makes this bike too slack. I can break a Fox fork crown in less than one day. Manitou's "splash type" lubrication needs too much maintenance, and it's sticky. I've never really liked RockShox, but is the Pike the only fork that has what I want?

    I'm not in the game enough to be up on this stuff any more. Any good ideas?
    Looks like your only choice is the Pike whatever they call now to the version with coil.

    That or a Zoke Dirt Jumper. It's heavy but if you want it for jumping is worth the weight. Not so espectacular damping... but you can get the dampers from some older HSCV Zoke and drop them in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    Looks like your only choice is the Pike whatever they call now to the version with coil.

    That or a Zoke Dirt Jumper. It's heavy but if you want it for jumping is worth the weight. Not so espectacular damping... but you can get the dampers from some older HSCV Zoke and drop them in.
    Pike is great. Lots and lots of adjustability. No real problems with it yet. A bad batch of lowers came out of the factory and people have cracked them, but Rockshox has handled warranties very well.

    Sherman was discontinued for the Travis. That's too bad, because those were sweet forks.. I had the o3 Firefly with TPC+ dampening and Ti springs. Never had a problem with it.

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    Pike, but if you could use qr you could chose fox vanilla

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