a Weekend Warrior
from Wicklow, Ireland
Date Reviewed: December 10, 2004
Strengths: Great starter fork, manages to take a lot of punishment as i got into some pretty hard cross country quickly. As i said, it takes a beating and copes with sudden bumps very well for a 80mm fork.
Weaknesses: The dials on the forks do not seem to make much difference, that's part of the reason i've just bought the latest fox f100x with terralogic.
I've had a great 6 months out of these forks and think any new mtb er would be trilled with these and really get the chance to get into mtb ing.
Bike Setup: Dawes Edge Comp which was bought for just under $1000 - upgrades are Hope Mono M4's which are kickass !! Cane Creek S6 Headset (so it continues to take a wallop), and my new addition the latest fox f100x with terralogic: to be tested tomorrow, can't wait...
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 23, 2004
Strengths: Well the price was right. My buddy is a gear freak and let this go for pennies.
Weaknesses: Haven't found any yet. Mind you, I had my bike set up for commuting with a rigid aluminum fork for the last five years!
Alright, I got a steal on this fork so my opinion is a bit biased (not to mention the fact that I've been riding a rigid fork on the street for five years)! This fork does the job. It's stiff, not too heavy, seems to be bombproof. I mess with it once in a while and change the pressure, rebound, etc. to see what it does but I haven't found a setting I can't deal with. This fork is perfect for the rider that isn't too concerned with weight (ignore my Thomson stuff, Avid Ti's etc......like I said, my buddy is a gear freak and I get this stuff cheap from him) and just want's something that works.
You know, when it comes right down to it it's all about your skill and finesse as a rider. No fork (or bike setup) is going to make you a god! I hold my own with friends and they ride every day while I get out on the trails maybe two days a week with the rest on road (commuting).
Similar Products Used: none yet... going to upgrade to a marzocchi mx pro eta or fox racing float 100rl or something along those lines
Bike Setup: trek 6700
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2003
Strengths: Fast rebound, weight (for non-professionals), ...
Weaknesses: You can only buy this fork with a complete bike.
It's obvious that the previous people didn't write a serious review. That's why i guve this one 5 chilis for value and overall rating, to raise the average rating a bit.
It's a great fork. If you want a bit more comfort, try to set a lower psi than described in the manual. It reacts very good to fast and hard bumps, and the rebound is perfect.
Try to find a setting that gives enough comfort, but avoid the pumping-effect. Try to avoid the fork to reach its limit. If it does to much, raise the psi.
I think this fork is quite similar to the other Duke's, maybe it's a bit more stiff.
The fork came with my bike, but if you have this one, you shouldn't be thinking about changing it. It's a good fork, especially for people that are making a lot of tours. Maybe it's even a good fork for the beginning racer, because of it stiffness, but pro-racers should go to the SID's I think
a Cross Country Rider
from newton nj usa
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2003
Strengths: well i used this fork once and it was pretty stiff, good for fat riders like myself, i weigh near 300 pounds, and if the d*mn frok cant support me, there is a problem, so the only time i used this duke fork, it seemed pretty stiff, when it comes down to it, thats all i care about
Weaknesses: i guess the weight... oh and the price, thats why i didnt buy it
see it for yourself, i dont think a 300 pound whale can talk for a 150 pound racer, am i right? huh oh and if you get this fork, e mail me and please give me your old one, see i am very poor and i need money, for parts, my friends tell me to get a job but im lazy, no wonder im so fat, right?
I'm currently running an 03 RS Duke C w/U-turn for XC & some DH. (I weigh 175# w/gear). Basically happy with the fork, but considering upgrading. Any suggestions?
Trying to cover the current market- have tried Axel, new Judy's, & Splice (none match the Duke), R7 black (OK), MX Comp (nice), and T ... Read More »