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    Mid-priced forks for heavy team - what's out there?

    Have been riding around on a set of Marzocchi DJ3s for a few months, it's time to upgrade, but what's out there in both tandem rated and tandem "strong enough" forks that won't break the budget?

    Mainly using the tandem in shorter adventure races, lots of firetrail, some bitumen, occasionally some single track. Plenty of climbing, so lockout would be good. Team weight with gear: approx 170kg (385 lb).

    Was looking at the Marzocchi 55s and 66, can the travel be reduced down to 100-120mm. Would the 55s handle that sort of team weight?

    Current build is a bit of a parts bin special, if it gets enough use will upgrade in the future, but don't want to spend a whole lot of money on something that only gets ridden once a month. At the moment it feels like the forks and weight are the only items holding it back.

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    To get the best suggestions, can you post what is it about the DJ fork that makes you want to change it?
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    It's a 2010 DJ3, so only adjustment is mechanical preload on the coil. I guess the biggest thing missing for the style of riding I'm doing is a lockout for the climbs, ideally remote lockout.
    I know there's limited options for 20mm axle/tandem capable/short travel forks, so I've been looking through some of the mods that can be done on the DJ series. Could probably work well enough to get me through to the point where it's time to decide if a new frame/fork is justified, but given the requirement to handle both long and short climbs, would really like some way to lockout (or at least stiffen it right up on the fly).

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    If we were your teams weight we would use a double crown fork. For a single crown fork the Fox 36 e-bike (speed pedalelec) fork is the strongest I know of. It's not cheap though.
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    MRP makes tandem rated suspension forks that easily adjust to shorter (100ish mm) than is currently typical of heavy duty downhill grade forks that would be up to the task of your teams weight. We are also about 385lbs combined and i am also considering options.
    Please let us know what you go with and how it works for you


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    Recent 55s are 35mm sanctions. I have one on my single bike and it's a nice fork. No lock out on my version, but it was $300 new on clearance a few years ago, so who am I to complain?

    We used to run an older Marz 66SL that had 35mm stanctions and it took our abuse; we're also a heavier team at ~360 with gear. Small square hits would flex it a bit and when it died I changed it out for a 2011 66EVO on 38mm stanctions. It's at the stock height, so not what you're looking for, but will definitely take the abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbull View Post
    MRP makes tandem rated suspension forks that easily adjust to shorter (100ish mm) than is currently typical of heavy duty downhill grade forks that would be up to the task of your teams weight. We are also about 385lbs combined and i am also considering options.
    Please let us know what you go with and how it works for you
    I‘m looking for fork options for my 365lb Clydesdale buddy...

    Which MRP forks are „tandem“ rated? I‘m not seeing it on their website...
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    I‘m looking for fork options for my 365lb Clydesdale buddy...

    Which MRP forks are „tandem“ rated? I‘m not seeing it on their website...
    Try here: Forks | Product categories | MTB Tandems

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    I‘m looking for fork options for my 365lb Clydesdale buddy...

    Which MRP forks are „tandem“ rated? I‘m not seeing it on their website...
    I contacted mrp recently asking about using the ribbon coil vs the ribbon with air. The response I got was that the air ribbon was recommended for tandem use



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    Quote Originally Posted by unikid28 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jbull View Post
    I contacted mrp recently asking about using the ribbon coil vs the ribbon with air. The response I got was that the air ribbon was recommended for tandem use
    Thanks -- somehow I missed that from my phone browser.

    Does anybody know if a 27+ tire will fit on the Stoke?

    And I don't see anything about "ribbon" -- what does that mean?

    Edit: Now I see it on the main mrt site:

    Tandem Site: Forks | Product categories | MTB Tandems
    Regular Site: https://www.mrpbike.com/

    So why don't the Loop and the Stoke show up on the mrp site? Does mtbtandems do some modifications?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Thanks -- somehow I missed that from my phone browser.

    Does anybody know if a 27+ tire will fit on the Stoke?

    And I don't see anything about "ribbon" -- what does that mean?

    Edit: Now I see it on the main mrt site:

    Tandem Site: Forks | Product categories | MTB Tandems
    Regular Site: https://www.mrpbike.com/

    So why don't the Loop and the Stoke show up on the mrp site? Does mtbtandems do some modifications?
    I still see the stoke and loop on the MRP site... give them a call or send email. They are a small company with excellent service reputation



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