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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  7. #7 Posted Jul 8, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I will start off by saying that I don't have experience with the exact same fork you are asking about. I do have experience with similar modern no-name forks that have come on cheaper bikes. I think if you purchased this fork, there is a good chance you might end up disappointed.

    I'm definitely not a guy who thinks everything that is not a name brand is junk. But I do occasionally purchase used bikes from estate / garage sales to fix up, and sell. In the past I have purchased several bikes with "generic suspension forks". I'm often really surprised at how poor the quality actually is, sometimes they flex so much I would consider them downright dangerous for off road use . Most were never intended for off road ridding, but just to allow the manufacturer to advertise a bike as full suspension.

    If you plan to just leisurely ride and cruise around on the street, I'm sure you would be happy with the dampening this fork provides. If you actually plan to take your mountain bike off road, and ride semi-aggressively I believe you would find yourself to be much happier with a used fork off of the big auction site. I think there is a good probability that you could spend quite a bit less, and find yourself a much higher quality solution.

    the link your original question pointed to, actually does look better than most. But what would scare me away is the fact that it is advertised for a beach cruiser, and not a offload mountain bike.