Struggling to find suitable new forks
I’m in the market for some new forks for my Orange 5, but am struggling to choose. The biggest problem is that I need a 1 1/8th steerer which limits options somewhat:
Option 1 – keep current Pikes and get them serviced and (possibly) PUSHed. I quite like the Pikes, but they do pack down a bit on repeated hits. PUSHing would hopefully sort this but the cost is pretty high to upgrade old forks and as I am a fat knacker that is losing weight I’d worry that by getting the rebound custom tuned, I’d lose the adjustment I need in the long term.
Option 2 – Bos Deville 140s. Sound amazing but I don’t think the maximum air pressure would be enough to cope with my current 19st weight. Servicing/parts availability/customer service is also a concern.
Option 3 – 2014 Fox 32s. My current favourite option. It seem like they’ve overcome the linear spring rate of the 2013 CTD dampers which meant excessive diving, but is it worth the risk of getting a fork that hasn’t had any long-term tests?
Any thoughts or other suggestions?Posted 4 years ago
Hmm, maybe I’m getting confused between the Dual Position air and the 2-step. Starting to come round to the idea of the Lyriks. I like the idea of being able to keep a 20mm axle too, 15mm is a stupid standard.
As for the 32s being noodly at my weight – this was a concern. I get on fine with a set of 2005 32 Vanillas with a QR axle on my hardtail but that’s just for XC duties and not really pushed that hard. I’d rather go for Lyriks than 36s due to service intervals (I was thinking of 32s due to the lack of new Revelations with 1 1/8″ steerers), and I’m a big fan of Rock Shox forks – my Pikes have served me well and I love my Totems.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Not 32s IMO, I can feel them noodling about and I weigh about half what you do. Not terrible, but no reason to accept it when there’s better options.
I’d stick revs in it personally. Better damping than your Pikes, little bit less strong and stiff but not drastically. but you could go bigger, love my Lyriks and the Five’s the sort of 140mm bike that can conceivably use that sort of fork. (shortened, mind)Posted 4 years ago
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