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I weigh 200lbs and ride aggressive xc with drops that are no larger than 3ft. I am getting in to riding faster, longer. Losing the 2lbs off the fork would be a benefit. However, will I miss anything? I need some impressions from heckler riders on this issue. I like the raked out feeling, but wouldn't mind a bit faster steering where I ride(TIGHT Maine singletrack.) Any opinions would be great!
 

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I weigh 200lbs and ride aggressive xc with drops that are no larger than 3ft. I am getting in to riding faster, longer. Losing the 2lbs off the fork would be a benefit. However, will I miss anything? I need some impressions from heckler riders on this issue. I like the raked out feeling, but wouldn't mind a bit faster steering where I ride(TIGHT Maine singletrack.) Any opinions would be great!
I first had an 03 Z1 130mm, then a 05 Z1-1 150mm on my Heckler. For the heck of it I took the Float 130 off my XC bike and threw it on the Heckler. It has now been on there for 3 months. I like the fork more and more. I'm amazed how well it rides. It's a little rougher through the fast rutted sectiones full of roots. But overall is worth the weight reduction form me. You get used to the quicker steering after a few turns and I hardly notice a difference. Just a little more head shake at high speed. I do a 4' drop to a transition with it no prob. I'm over 230. The biggest transition for me was not being able to lower the fork on steep technical climbs. The front end does want to wonder quite a bit. But I have a 100mm stem with 15 degrees of rise. Plus 3/4" of spacers and a 1" riser bar. Knowing how nice these Fox air shocks feel I think I would go for the Talas if I had it to do over again. I like the ETA feature on the Z1 and used it on most climbs. But I have gotten used to the high fork and can do all sharp switchbacks without a problem now. Oh yeah, I sold my XC frame because the Heckler is just a do it all bike for me. I did throw the Z1 on for a quick ride last week. The Fox is back on now. I just leave the wheel on the forks and it only takes 15 minutes to swap them out.

I was so pleased with the Fox air shock that I bought a DHX-A for the rear!

Here are two pics, 36 lb version and 30 lb version.
 

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I had a Z1 130 FR for 2 years(loved it) , and now this beast. An absolute trail machine now. The bike is so stable and this fork is rock STIFF solid – cant believe the amount of control that it added to my riding. I do ride xc quite a bit and enjoy sweating my way up the hill with this baby – cause going down is much better know 

AHH - it’s a Z150FR. The ETA takes care of stuff.


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E.
 

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