Fork Upgrade?

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Gavvo
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Fork Upgrade?

Postby Gavvo » Mon Aug 19, 2013 08:55 am

Hallo again,

I managed to pick up a Specialised Rockhopper SL 2011 over the weekend for a little over £300 and I'm already looking at upgrades. The first of which is probably gonna be the forks but I'm not sure which way to go as there's so much choice. As I mentioned in my first post, the bike will be used on a 10 mile round commute to and from work via a local bridle path as well as the odd weekend trail run. I'm on a bit of a tight budget and hoping around £150 will get me a decent upgrade.

Any suggestions please. Also, what else is worth upgrading that won't cost an arm an a leg?

Cheers in advance.

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The Rookie
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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby The Rookie » Mon Aug 19, 2013 09:18 am

The stock XCR isn't too bad a fork, but they do like a nice service, as a minimum upgrade from that you want a Rockshox Recon, ideally the gold with extra alloy bits to save weight. Just need forks with straight 1 1/8th steerer of the right length (or more and cut down), I'd be tempted to up the travel to 100mm.

Or consider a good used fork!

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby Gavvo » Mon Aug 19, 2013 09:25 am

I wouldn't mind a used set as long as they've been looked after, and I wanted to up the travel an all, forgot to mention that though. Ideally I want to shed as much weight as possible from the bike as well as I'm quite a big lad to start off with.

Cheers for the advice though =0)

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby The Rookie » Mon Aug 19, 2013 09:32 am

If looking second hand, the older Manitous or Rockshox or marzocchi I've found most durable, Mazza's I'm not keen on (personal preferance), My Daughter has a Recon Gold, 2008 and after a simple home service it's in perfect working order, come in sub 1.75Kg which is about a 350-400g saving on an XCR but more imprtantly it works much better.

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:48 am

Also worth keeping in mind, if you're a big lad, get an air-sprung fork, since you can adjust the spring rate to whatever's needed. Not as easy to do with coil spring forks.

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:02 am

Why do you want more travel?
Rigids would be ideal for your riding.

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:11 am

because he wants to ride the odd trail centre at weekends, and he's not a hipster douche who wants to ride a bike from last century?

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:46 am

I didnt see trail centres in his post.
100mm travel is plenty for trail centres.

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:57 am

RockmonkeySC wrote:I didnt see trail centres in his post.
100mm travel is plenty for trail centres.

Yeah, 100mm is fine. Rigids, though? ugh.

Gavvo wrote:the odd weekend trail run

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby POAH » Mon Aug 19, 2013 14:22 pm


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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Aug 19, 2013 14:25 pm

POAH wrote:what about second hand

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1388752/


Thats very over priced.

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby POAH » Mon Aug 19, 2013 14:38 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:
POAH wrote:what about second hand

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1388752/


Thats very over priced.


180 new its one month old for £136 posted is overpriced?

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby supersonic » Mon Aug 19, 2013 15:15 pm

Yep. I'd pay the extra for the warranty and consumer rights.

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby Greer_ » Mon Aug 19, 2013 16:25 pm

Well if you want a second hand set that have been well looked after - I'm considering selling my Rockshox Recon Gold Solo Air. £130 including postage?

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby Greer_ » Mon Aug 19, 2013 16:28 pm

Gavvo wrote:I wouldn't mind a used set as long as they've been looked after, and I wanted to up the travel an all, forgot to mention that though. Ideally I want to shed as much weight as possible from the bike as well as I'm quite a big lad to start off with.

Cheers for the advice though =0)


Oh and they're 100mm, and 1800g. I got them to replace a Suntour XCR on my Kraken, and you really will notice the difference! Air is definitely a lot easier than messing about with different springs etc to set sag!

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Re: Fork Upgrade?

Postby jerryfudd » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:49 pm

Gavvo wrote:Hallo again,

I managed to pick up a Specialised Rockhopper SL 2011 over the weekend for a little over £300 and I'm already looking at upgrades. The first of which is probably gonna be the forks but I'm not sure which way to go as there's so much choice. As I mentioned in my first post, the bike will be used on a 10 mile round commute to and from work via a local bridle path as well as the odd weekend trail run. I'm on a bit of a tight budget and hoping around £150 will get me a decent upgrade.

Any suggestions please. Also, what else is worth upgrading that won't cost an arm an a leg?

Cheers in advance.


which Rockhopper did you get? comp, pro?

Dan


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