Whoever slagged off my Marzocchi MZ Comp forks (big spring in a tube, no oil, no air) in my other thread really got to me They are on my *cough* 2004 Dawes Watoga *cough*
As I haven't been on a bike with decent kit, especially forks better then my MZ Comps, I've no idea how better forks would improve my riding experience. I suppose I've always assumed that because I don't do jumps and very technical hairy downhill, then I don't need better forks.
But, yesterday, I noticed that sometimes it didn't feel like I had any front suspension on the fast sections where I would have liked some basic damping for the vibration coming through the handlebars. I'm wondering if that has partly contributed to the tingling pain in my fingers (during and after the ride). Would better forks help with that ?
Aside from better forks to help with the low-level continual vibration from riding offroad, I would like to think that better forks would help with bike handling generally and cope better with the occasional drop offs that I encounter.
If I am going to replace them, I'm on a very tight budget so I was thinking that I could pick up something secondhand that is fairly old now (4 - 8 years), therefore, cheap but which was good when it came out and will still offer me a significant improvement over the spring in a tin that I'm riding now.
Any ideas on what that would be ?
Big thanks in advance - love the enthusiasm and advice on this forum.
Further background on type of riding I do: just XC and the kind of single track that is part of the natural landscape around here (Massif Central, France). Sometimes its fast downhill, but nothing too technical, and I enjoy the climbing too. No jumps, but drop offs. I was looking at that video that Sturider posted of Coed Y Brenin and thats the kind of terrain that I come across fairly often.