New fork or bike?

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cymrushaun
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New fork or bike?

Postby cymrushaun » Sun Oct 14, 2012 15:04 pm

Hi all. I was recently given a giant revel 1 in part payment for a job so cost me very little. 2012 version (full spec below). I've been doing a fair bit on it over last few months (having not done any MTBing before) and am starting to really enjoy it. However, it's clear there are a couple of issues with the bike, particularly on slightly more challenging (for me) sections. Firstly the fork is pretty poor - suntour XCT V4 80mm 28mm stanctions. It rattles about over rocks and doesn't seem up to job. Second (less of an issue) the chain slaps on the chainstay over the same rocks - all in all I feel a bit I'm on a rickety train.
I've got two options -
1- buy a hoodoo voodoo. This will cost me. I'll get £225 max for revel and the voodoo is £500.
2 - upgrade fork and do something about the chain. Fork aiming to spend £150-200 and still be a lot cheaper than replacing bike.
What do you think? If 2nd option, what fork should I go for and is the spec of the rest of the bike up to just upgrading?
All advice gratefully received!

Shifters Shimano Acera 24 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano TX50
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Brakes Tektro Draco hydraulic discs, 160mm rotors
Brake Levers Tektro Draco
Cassette Shimano HG30 11x32
Chain KMC Z7
Crankset SR Suntour 22/32/42
Bottom Bracket FSA RPM cartridge
WHEELS
Rims Giant CR06 DW aluminium
Hubs Formula disc
Spokes Stainless steel
Tires Giant Sport 26x2.1"

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Re: New fork or bike?

Postby supersonic » Sun Oct 14, 2012 15:05 pm

New fork. Get an RS Reba or Recon Gold and you're laughing.

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Re: New fork or bike?

Postby felix.london » Sun Oct 14, 2012 15:16 pm

RS Reba (might be slightly over budget) and an old inner tube...sorted
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Re: New fork or bike?

Postby cymrushaun » Sun Oct 14, 2012 17:26 pm

Thanks guys - sort of my thinking also. What travel do you think I could get away with. I assume 100 should be ok, but am I pushing it with 120? Is there likely to be a problem with increasing the tube diameter to 32mm from 28?

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Re: New fork or bike?

Postby supersonic » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:13 pm

100mm. Tube diameter makes no difference with regards to compatibility.


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