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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 5:30 pm 
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For background, I have an old 55 on my hardtail, and it seems like a decent fork.
(I suspect that's because I never seem to get a chance to ride anything nicer.)

I do like the very solid feel of it, and would rather not go too much 'lighter'.
I'm sure a better damping cartridge would be great, but I have little interest in getting into that 1K range on sus fork prices.

Anyone have (a) suggestion(s) for a reasonably priced similar style of fork that is available with a 1 1/8 straight steerer?


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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 11:49 pm 
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What length travel are you looking for?
If's an XC fork, it's tough to beat a RockShox Reba for price & performance.

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 5:20 pm 
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The 55 I have is a 140/160 convertible, and has 35mm stanchions. That's the tough part, I can find 100mm XC straight steerer forks all over, but long travel with a beefy frame seems to be tough to find till you get to 170mmm+.

150mm would be optimal @ a normal sag.

I've caught myself thinking Fox 40, or Boxxer or something, considering how cheap they get when they sit around, but I don't know that I could drop travel on any of those and still have a warranty. I figure if I'm going to spend too much, I might as well get something I can beat the living shit out of.
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edit: Should have mentioned 26" or 26/650B, although I bet you guessed that from the dual crown comment.... :)


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 8:10 pm 
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Don't count out x-fusion.
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 1630272554


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 8:52 pm 
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Was actually my first choice Paul, you're the man--I keep feeling like eBay is wasting my time, but sometimes they really come through.
I was going to mention I was kicking myself for not snagging an HLR coil from CRC, they sold out a couple weeks ago.

I am still interested in hearing about anyone who's played around with the travel on a dual crown, if anyone has experience to share.
If I ever find a decent used one or a great price on used, I might end up with a heavy duty fork, and a REALLY heavy duty fork. ;)

Thanks again, Paul!


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Don't get a dual crown fork. You cannot easily limit travel on those, they are built to give you full 8" of travel. They are heavy and overbuilt for DH duties. They will limit the angle of your steering. A nice X-Fusion fork could be the ticket. Or a U-Turn Lyrik in a good shape.


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 10:58 pm 
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Sti wrote:
Don't get a dual crown fork. You cannot easily limit travel on those, they are built to give you full 8" of travel. They are heavy and overbuilt for DH duties. They will limit the angle of your steering. A nice X-Fusion fork could be the ticket. Or a U-Turn Lyrik in a good shape.


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 2:26 pm 
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I think Bikewagon had some NOS forks, might find one that suits your needs.
http://www.bikewagon.com/closeouts/fork ... /1_1_8_in_


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 3:46 pm 
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Sti wrote:
Don't get a dual crown fork. You cannot easily limit travel on those, they are built to give you full 8" of travel. They are heavy and overbuilt for DH duties. They will limit the angle of your steering. A nice X-Fusion fork could be the ticket. Or a U-Turn Lyrik in a good shape.


If it's very difficult to safely lower them, that would be a deal breaker.

Kronk wrote:
I think Bikewagon had some NOS forks, might find one that suits your needs.
http://www.bikewagon.com/closeouts/fork ... /1_1_8_in_


The Totem would be a blast, and they're very reasonably priced, but it looks like the coil version (which would be what I'd prefer) only lowers to 170 easily.
Thanks for the link.

Nabbed a Vengeance, I was looking for one before and just figured the boat had sailed, till Paul posted that link.
Dual coils, dual HLR dampers, 36mm stanchions... what's not to like? ;)


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Awesome! I win this thread!


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 7:08 pm 
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Yeah, the HLR Vengeance is a great fork, I have been rocking mine for more than two years now. My only complaint is that mine developed a quite nasty click in the steerer/lowers interface during bigger hits.


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:02 am 
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Cool. One of the cats I know in town had one and dropped the HLR damper in.
He loved it as well--and he's pretty good at riding crazy stuff, unlike me.

Clicking is weird though. Bushings?
Just clicking might weird me out with all the strange noises I've become accustomed to on my current fork. :)


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 2:00 pm 
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Zowie wrote:
Nabbed a Vengeance, I was looking for one before and just figured the boat had sailed, till Paul posted that link.
Dual coils, dual HLR dampers, 36mm stanchions... what's not to like? ;)


I figured I should edit this, but there must be a time limit--It's a single coil, I think the 'dual damper' I read referred to the compression circuit--low and high speed. Which is good since springs are not cheap.

Wouldn't want anyone confused because I was. :?

Really like the feel of it.
Pretty well figured I'd need a heavier spring and I now stare at it longingly as I wait for delivery.... :cry:


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