What semi-gnarly forks
I’ve put off the idea of a new bike for a while so looking at fork options…
Want 34-36 mm stanctions
150-160 mm travel with travel adjust
Independent low and high speed compression damping
20 mm axle
Straight 1 1/8 steerer
Don’t get me started on why the hell 15 mm axels are a necessity for ‘trail’ forks but I need a straight steerer to work with my angle headset. I’m going to have to take a hit on the weight but this is for my only MTB so don’t want silly weight as I have to ride and carry up mountains 🙂
So the options I’ve seen are
RS Lyrik RC2 or RC2L for travel adjust and lockout
Marzocchi 55’s – can get either RC3 or travel adjust
X-fusion don’t do straight steerer
Fox – I’m hearing bad things about the 34 especially TALAS models.
What else is there?Posted 4 years ago
conditions you’ve imposed on your search
Yeah.. If I want the option of a 15mm axel then I need at least a new hub and to rebuild the wheel. If I want a tapered steerer then I need a new frame…
So maybe I should get a new frame to go with the new shock and forks, by which point I’d might says well buy a new bike… 😈Posted 4 years agojuliansMember
I recently replaced a set of 2011 fox 36 talas 160mm forks with some 2013 marzocchi 55 rc3 Ti Evo 2. Only had them a couple of weeks, but have given them a fair amount of hammer over 4 days of lift assisted riding in southern spain.
They are loads better than the fox at smoothing out small bumps, they dont blow through the travel under braking/bigger bumps. I’d definitely recommend them if smoothing out the trail is your number 1 requirement above all else.
In terms of criticisms:-
– They are a little heavier (only 200grams though) than the foxPosted 4 years ago
– the coil spring does not allow loads of spring rate adjustment if you’re significantly heaver or lighter than average.
– Despite what the marzocchi website implies, the high and low speed compression is not independently adjustable. You adjust compression damping with a single knob, you increase low speed compression and high speed compression decreases and vice versa. No idea why they’ve done this, but to be honest it doesnt seem to be a real problem. the performance is excellent, but you cant set high and low speed compression independently.ir_banditoSubscriber
A straight steerer? What century are you living in Jon? Just buy the new bike. Go on. 🙂
And stop putting pics of the Port Hills on farcebook. ‘snot fair. 🙁
Magura TS8 R150? Not 34s, but very stiff and very lightweight. And you can get a straight steerer 😉Posted 4 years ago
And get a new front hub that will take a 15mm axle.
this was a conversation I had a few months ago, want to take a guess how it ended
We looked at the list price of a Mach 6 and went 😯 I could build up a fame with better bits for less, but availability is all over the place for the 650b stuff.
‘snot fair. 🙁
sorry 😥Posted 4 years ago
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