New forks for a Specialized Rockhopper

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New forks for a Specialized Rockhopper

Postby hickster5000 » Sun May 27, 2007 16:40 pm

I currently ride an '06 rockhopper disc fitted with stock Rockshox J3SLs. I've been riding properly for about 15 months now and have upgraded the tyres, stem, bars and front disc (to 185mm). My problem lately has been that I am riding the bike a lot faster and harder than when I first got it (nice problem to have) and have begun to notice some of the shortcomings in the fork. Whenever I'm traveling at speed the fork seems to be bouncing all over the shop, and endless adjustment of the pre-load and rebound haven't fixed it (although I think I have got the optimal setting now). I usually ride the 7Stanes tracks and the Pentland hills. Although I tend to ride XC I set my bike up so I can have more fun on the downhills (short stem etc).

So, my question is this: what would be a good fork upgrade for my 'hopper? Price is not really a concern, but as the bike only cost œ650 to start with maybe putting a œ500 fork on may be a little frivolous. The stock fork is 100mm, what could I get away with travel -wise and still have a usable machine?

Sorry if I sound like a total n00b, but I just want to be able to go faster without rattling my fingers clean out of the knuckles (as currently happens)

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Postby elmotheewokking » Sun May 27, 2007 16:59 pm

MX Pro œ144.99
Revelation 426 U-Turn œ249.99
I think either of those would suit it. Or a Pike if you want a little more robust-ness, or Rebas if you want a little less weight. But then you may get problems with flex, don't quote me on that though.

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at least it hasn't rashed like my groin.
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Postby ddoogie » Sun May 27, 2007 17:03 pm

Revelations will be too tall for the Rhopper. Go for Rebas. They come in at good prices and I've not heard a bad thing said about them.

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Postby Red Lemon » Sun May 27, 2007 17:04 pm

A Rockshox Reba suits the bike perfectly. Which is why Specialized put them on the top end Rockhopper.

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Postby elmotheewokking » Sun May 27, 2007 17:05 pm

Even the U-turn one when wound down?

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Postby ddoogie » Sun May 27, 2007 17:08 pm

May as well go for the Reba if you are just going to wind down the travel on a Revelation.

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Postby elmotheewokking » Sun May 27, 2007 17:15 pm

Sounds like the guy is quite, erm, robust? So I wasn't entirely sure that'd be sturdy enough?

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Postby coldomc05 » Sun May 27, 2007 17:45 pm

I would get some Rock Shox Revalation 426's. Have seen the coil sprung one for œ250 and the air at œ290. Both are reasonably priced. Obviously the air sprung shock is lighter but I would go for the plusher coil fork. They also got rave reviews in WMB magazine so check that out for more infor Hickster

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Postby hickster5000 » Sun May 27, 2007 19:03 pm

Thanks for that guys. In response to elmo, I'm just over 14 stone. I've been considering the Reba (seen it on the high end 'hopper) but was worried a longer fork may seriously alter the geometry on the bike. Having said that, if it could be would down for climbs I wouldn't be against a slacker setup for downhills. I take it that when you say "wound down" then the forks will actually shorten to change the travel to 85mm. Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?

Thanks again

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Postby gibby12100 » Sun May 27, 2007 19:16 pm

yes, you could wind the travel down to 85 or 100mm for the climbs and then maybe 115-120 on the downs, so i think a revelation would be best, personally, i would prefer air but (ordered one, but then cancelled when found out that) they wont be available for a while... so coil would be good

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