Reading a thread on Manitou forks got me thinking. There used to be loads of different brands knocking out forks, and when reviewed they all seemed to have + and - points but many were worth a look.
Less then 10 years ago I'd have looked in to what Pace, Fox, Manitou, Marzocchi, RS, etc were selling before deciding what to get and all these were considered and available.
Now it seems that people just go Fox if they're minted or RS. I know from experiance that DT forks are at least as good if not better but you don't see many about. What about the other brands? Why do you never see them? Are they rubbish now? I'd find that hard to beleive for every fork. People always seem to rate Magura's but you don't see them very often
Fox forks seem to be so delicate but most people want them. Are they really that much better performance wise to what else is out there or is it a fashion thing? I'm as guilty as anyone as I've had Fox forks turn to mince and, as stated my DT's perform better then the Fox I've had but Fox would still probably be at the top of my wish list. Not a massive fan of Rock Shox but many people wouldn't consider anything else.
So, have we been brainwashed in to believing the marketing and because of this missing out on cheaper or better forks or is the hype justified with RS and Fox having their reputation for a reason? My brain hurts.