My trusty Pikes have been going strong for 5 years, still look like new, still ride well, the poplock for climbing is great, its a medium spring which @ 12.5 stone offers great small bump compliance, and trail handling, but i'm getting the new component itch
My LBS tells me Pike coils are now regarded as heavy, with poor small bump compliance, and dated in handling characteristics, compared to the huge advancements in front suspension in the last several years.
I want to spend between £300-£500, (Pikes only cost me £275!) For XC/All mountain, on my Santa Cruz Blur with lock out preferably. The new Pikes seem very expensive @ £600 and the whole fork market looks a bit of a minefield! Are there any bang for buck go to forks which have the same reputation as the Pikes back in their hay day?
The Fox range looks rather nice.
ps. would it be worth looking at 650b ready forks or would that ruin the geo if keeping 26" for the short term future?