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    Bonty Fork

    Hey!

    Now I dunno if ya'll are too jaded to believe it, but an inquery I sent to Bontrager came back with the response that the new Switchblade forks will be shipping by February.

    Thought some folks might be interested.

    At 445 mm, it's a touch long for my frame, but this may be the fork I hold out for.

    eric.

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    My 06 Poprad Disc came with the rigid carbon fork - is this the style you're talking about?

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    not the same

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Freddy
    My 06 Poprad Disc came with the rigid carbon fork - is this the style you're talking about?

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    It's a mountain fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noslogan
    It's a mountain fork.
    I understand that - I remember seeing spy photos of the new Bontrager forks and there was 26" mtn, 29 Mtn, and Cyclocross. 3 types if I remember right - but I was wondering if the new switchblade was the carbon legged one - or if they have another fork.

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    All the forks are built on the same technology, same rough style of fork. The mountain ones obviously have a much wider/beefier looking crown. But the fact that the cross forks are out there makes me much more optimistic that the mountain forks will come out close to when fisher claims.

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    Um yes!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Freddy
    I understand that - I remember seeing spy photos of the new Bontrager forks and there was 26" mtn, 29 Mtn, and Cyclocross. 3 types if I remember right - but I was wondering if the new switchblade was the carbon legged one - or if they have another fork.

    FF

    Here's one of the carbon mountain ones - There are also supposed to be nearly identical ones with aluminium legs as well.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=40399131&size=m

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    Just curious - these forks are supposedly on the fat side... wouldn't a Pace fork be just as good? They look very similar? (and are available now)

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    well...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Freddy
    Just curious - these forks are supposedly on the fat side... wouldn't a Pace fork be just as good? They look very similar? (and are available now)

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    The Pace forks look nice, and I'm sure they're solid, but I prefer a little more meat. Plus they're pricey. I was looking at the aluminum Bonty, which is supposed to come in at around $200.

    Ideally, I'd buy a Kona P2, but the damn thing is just way too short. No good. So then the Kelly forks are nice, there's one in my size...But I get hung up on the fact that the only thing that seems to seperate the Kelly from the Kona is the three-times-higher price tag. Sure, there must be other differences, but then everyone goes on RAVING about their P2, while the best anybody says about the Kelly is "Yeah, it's nice. Wish I'd just bought a Kona and saved a hundred bones."

    So for about the same price, the Bontrager fork seems pretty nifty. Who knows though.

    eric.

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    Pace is light, well made and looks good.
    But they are too light and flexy for my taste. (190 pounds)
    I liked the Rc31, but that was before I tested a kelly 438. Much more stable, and comfortable enought.

    I would love to see a Bonty or Pace with steel tubes. Maybe the new 953 tubes?



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    Yeah

    Quote Originally Posted by Espen

    I would love to see a Bonty or Pace with steel tubes. Maybe the new 953 tubes?



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    Seriously...That would rock. But you enjoy the Kelly?

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    The Kelly is a great fork!

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