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    Suspension fork suggestions for '93 Rockhopper

    Can I get some suggestions on what would be the best performing fork for my Rockhopper?

    I'm also looking for the least outlay of cash, so it would have to be a threaded fork.

    I've got a 2012 geared rockhopper, but I want to try more trail singlespeeding also. I tried with the rigid fork, but between that and the 26" wheels, the trails beat me up a bit.

    Thanks!

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    Try some fat 2.3" tires, those skinny ones don't absorb bumps well. Best to leave the rigid fork for resale value too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proto2000 View Post
    Try some fat 2.3" tires, those skinny ones don't absorb bumps well. Best to leave the rigid fork for resale value too.
    Those are just the 1.5" slicks for around town riding. I've got some 2.2's that I run at 22/26 psi, but I was thinking of putting an older model rock shox or manitou to spare some of the bigger hits on my local trails.

    I'm also not really concerned about resale value since I've had this bike for almost 20 years now and it has alot of sentimental value.

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    Ah. So the best bet is any cheap fork you can afford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proto2000 View Post
    Ah. So the best bet is any cheap fork you can afford.
    Any suggestions on models to check ebay and craigslist for that have a 1" threaded steerer and is cantilever compatible?


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    The best performing fork is the one you have- the original rigid. I'd stick with that and just bend your elbows a little more.

    If you are set on a suspension fork, a Judy is going to be about the best you can do that will work with what you have.

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    I would keep the rigid fork, but if you like a suspension fork, maybe a Mag 20/21, air and oil, Manitou or Manitou 2, but the original elastomers are surely gone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmuff View Post
    The best performing fork is the one you have- the original rigid. I'd stick with that and just bend your elbows a little more.

    If you are set on a suspension fork, a Judy is going to be about the best you can do that will work with what you have.
    So I should basically just HTFU. Maybe its more trouble than its worth. I keep going back and forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudymexico View Post
    I would keep the rigid fork, but if you like a suspension fork, maybe a Mag 20/21, air and oil, Manitou or Manitou 2, but the original elastomers are surely gone...
    I would definitely keep the fork still, but just swap depending on my mood and conditions if I found a squish fork.

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    The only forks that would have short enough travel, and a 1" threaded steerer tube are either going to be extremely cheap and weigh a ton (think dept. store bikes), or be 15 years old and so obsolete that their performance is going to be poor, not to mention the increasing difficulty in finding parts. For me at least, old suspension parts are rarely worth using. Modern suspension is so much better than the stuff from the 90s that I'd rather upgrade to a rigid fork (which is also why so many folks are urging you to stay rigid). And you can't really put a modern fork on that bike because all the steerer tubes are 1 1/8 threadless and at least 80mm travel, which is going to be way too long for that bike.
    Having fun and riding aggressively on a rigid bike is a skill set that has to be developed. Stay loose, bend the elbows alot, etc. Big tires at low air pressure helps alot too, along with some squishy grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwvapor View Post
    So I should basically just HTFU.
    We're all too nice to put it that bluntly, and it's not really about that. Any suspension fork you put on there, be it ancient or modern, will actually degrade the ride you currently enjoy in one way or another.

    Trouble is, you're riding the same trails on your 2012 bike and your 1993 bike, the 1993 bike will superficially seem like a less enjoyable ride. Perhaps save the hydroformed 100mm forked rolling billboard for the trails that seem unenjoyable on the steel 'hopper, and find yourself some nice twisty flowy smooth singletrack to remind you how much fun a rigid bike can be?
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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I think I'll follow the recommendations of those wiser than I am and leave it as it is. Might as well keep the rides as different as possible for the variety. I did think the project might be fun though.


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    rolling billboard for the trails
    That's pretty funny and so true.

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    You can try calling B Rose at Shockspital and see if he has anything laying around. He digs the older stuff but I don't know what he has on hand.

    Otherwise, ride the hell out of 'er as she is. Besides, it's always great to ride a rigid steel 26'er and hang on the wheel of some chump riding a modern, high-buck bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwvapor View Post
    Can I get some suggestions on what would be the best performing fork for my Rockhopper?

    I'm also looking for the least outlay of cash, so it would have to be a threaded fork.

    I've got a 2012 geared rockhopper, but I want to try more trail singlespeeding also. I tried with the rigid fork, but between that and the 26" wheels, the trails beat me up a bit.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slimpee View Post
    You can try calling B Rose at Shockspital and see if he has anything laying around. He digs the older stuff but I don't know what he has on hand.

    Otherwise, ride the hell out of 'er as she is. Besides, it's always great to ride a rigid steel 26'er and hang on the wheel of some chump riding a modern, high-buck bike.
    That's a nice resource. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    That's a really nice paint job. I didn't realize Specialized did a fade. Nice bike.
    Thanks! Call me blind though, but I never even noticed that the paint job transitioned/faded from front to rear until the first time I took a photo of the bike. Maybe it's not as noticeable in person.

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    I like the oldschool Judy XC fork....inexpensive and durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwvapor View Post
    Thanks! Call me blind though, but I never even noticed that the paint job transitioned/faded from front to rear until the first time I took a photo of the bike. Maybe it's not as noticeable in person.
    You can see it in the photo. It's really a nice paint job. The build looks like it would be fun the way it is. Nice job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwvapor View Post
    I've got a 2012 geared rockhopper, but I want to try more trail singlespeeding also. I tried with the rigid fork, but between that and the 26" wheels, the trails beat me up a bit.
    Unless you're in the flatlands, I'd say the gearing didn't do you any favors either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    Unless you're in the flatlands, I'd say the gearing didn't do you any favors either.
    I run 42x18 with the slicks for casual road riding and swap in a 32t chainring and knobbies for the trails.

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