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Offline silentneko

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Budget air fork?
« on: August 19, 2012, 01:47:36 PM »
I'm stuck. I bought a take-off coil fork and have been trying for a few months to order a spring kit for it through various means. Rockshox customer service was no help at all so I'm considering my options. I'm a heavier rider, 225lbs, so I was thinking about going with an air fork so I don't have to worry about springs anymore. The fork as it sits now is unusable, it bottoms out with every little hit and sags half way with me just sitting on it. It has been months and I want to ride.


So what is a decent budget air fork? I'm looking for something in the $250-400 range, I know that doesn't leave much, but there must be something.


My bike is 26" with a 1 1/8" tube, and I run a 100mm fork now.
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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 03:02:41 PM »
You should be able to find a Reba or Fox in that price range.  Check out Ebay.

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012, 09:11:14 PM »
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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 10:16:37 PM »
Search the ebays manitou elite blacks can be found for $125-$150 ...solid fork   ;D

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2012, 09:29:47 AM »
Isn't the  manitou elite black a spring fork? I had an old manitou elite for a little while 4 years ago and it was a spring with adjustable height.

I'm a little weary of the x-fusion after reading several reviews that they use cheap metals and leaked right out of the box.


The Reba would fit the bill, but now I'm wondering if it is worth putting a new fork on at all? My bike is over 4 years old, I've put 3 times the amount of money into it then the bike cost new already. Maybe I should be looking into building a new 29er? It seems 29er parts are a dime a dozen now and cheap, where 26er stuff is becoming harder to find good deals on. Ultimately I was planning on buying a 29er in the future anyway, so maybe this is the push I need. Thoughts?

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2012, 09:37:50 AM »
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Measure the length of steerer tube you need.
 
Figure out what type of disc brake mount you need ( if using disc). Post mount or side mount.
 
Decide how much travel you need. 100 mm, 120, 130, 140 ?
 
SHOP EBAY(buy now option) AND OR MTBR for a used Fox 32 or RS Reba.
 
 
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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 09:44:36 AM »
If I buy used, how much does a rebuild cost?

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2012, 10:52:13 AM »
New seals and fluid is cheap yet fairly easy to DIY if you are up for it.  If it needs new bushings it gets a bit more expensive.


Used 29er parts are plentiful but I wouldn't say they are any cheaper than 26" parts.  If you really like your existing bike then there is no shame in putting a nicer fork on it to renew your love.  It will make a great back up bike once you make the 29er plunge.
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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2012, 10:57:23 AM »
Follow your gut, 2 9errrrrrrrrrrrrrr 8)

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2012, 12:50:31 PM »
$350 for a new Reba is your best bet.. sale was continued - http://www.blueskycycling.com/product2916_39_-2011-Rock-Shox-Reba-RL-Dual-Air-Fork-OE.htm
 

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2012, 02:53:49 PM »

I looked over ebay at used forks and then inquired about how much it is to have then rebuilt. If it is a simple rebuild no problem, if it's not, then huge problem. So I decided I felt a lot better buying new.
I went down to the shop to look at some new 29er's and talk about forks. I decided against the 29er until funding is more stable and I can see the newer models. I considered the Reba posted above, but I don't trust Rockshox to give me the customer support if I ever needed it anymore. Most of the lower end forks are from rockshox too. They said they have been getting really good feedback on the Manitou Minute. After looking up a few reviews, including some that compared it to and even favored it over the Reba, I decided to go with it. Should be here Friday, so maybe I can ride this weekend sometime. ;D

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2012, 04:04:20 PM »
I had a great experience with a warranty claim on my old Reba.  I was at least a year out of warranty when my motion control unit finally gave up (bad design that would leak oil out of the top).  They sent me a new updated unit for free.  No issues.

Enjoy the new fork.  Really can't go wrong with pretty much any air fork...they all feel so much better than the coil spring you are accustomed to.  Don't forget to buy a fork/shock pump.

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2012, 09:41:03 AM »
Figured I would just pick up a pump at the shop, I probably should have seen what they run for, but can't imagine more then $40 or so. I can't wait to get the fork, I've been missing out, and I know the good fall riding season is almost here :D .


Thanks to all for your help. I'll post a report once I get a ride in.

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Re: Budget air fork?
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 10:30:22 AM »
Check online as well.  You may find more budget friendly options.

 

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