Any Info Out There On This Fork?

Discussion in 'Vintage Mountain Bikes' started by 55ColumbiaBuilt, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. #1 Posted Aug 20, 2015

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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  2. #2 Posted Aug 20, 2015

    I live for the CABE

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    You get what you pay for and this is cheap...probably ok for cruising mellow trails at slow, reasonable speeds but will fail under hard use...fork on my bike was over $500, no comparison.
     
  3. #3 Posted Aug 20, 2015

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Are you riding offroad? If not, save your money.

    If so, ride it rigid or watch eBay for a 1" Marzocchi fork.

    I just bought a 1999 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo which is a nice triple butted steel frame and I'm putting a Kona Project 2 rigid steel fork on it.

    Suspension forks are just extra weight if they're not good quality.

    I do plan to ride offroad but I'm used to not having suspension.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Aug 28, 2015

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Save your money. That's a heavy piece of junk. Try putting bars on with more of a rise to put more weight on the seat and less weight on your hands.

    Another point worth noting is fork length. A suspension fork usually has a longer overall length. That could slow the handling a bit and make a bike feel a little clumsy. Sometimes that's good, sometimes that's bad with older MTB's.
     
  5. #5 Posted Jun 13, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Facing a similar situation , I considered used forks as well as new

    Consider that the cost to adapt from theaded to threadless or vice versa is a low and widens your limited options when looking for 1" forks ,

    consider also the Shorter your steer tube requirement the more options you have .......

    in my case
    picked up a sweet 1993 cannondale MTB with broken fork , and spent 6 months looking for 1" cannondale fork

    ended up with a few used forks I didnt finally decided to install ....
    actually hunted for months on ebay for a 1 " .... tedious ! found a nice 1 " rigid and bot it only to find the seller mismeasured!

    Finally went with a new suspension fork with 1" steer tube for $60 bucks shipped it was a suntour 100mm travel , I think a better option than above .. not rated for serious downhill , but as good or better what your bike likely originally came with


    Kona has a nice rigid ( in limited / special runs ) by a top brand about $80 that is light and a great alternative. check bike wagon

    The my used fork search route can be a needle in a haystack , and or the used one u get may need service , hence I ended up with a reject pile .

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  6. #6 Posted Jun 13, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    The fork I bot for 60 was a suntour XCM , and there is some very helpful description on another forum ( mbtr ) where a suntour rep ( doug) describes specs and hierarchy of models

    If my steer tube was a hair shorter , i would have put the Easton above on for period correct and performance

    hope that helps
     
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