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I've been searching thru the forums as I am rebuilding my old Spooky to get back out on the trails. I need a new fork, as I have nothing right now(well there is temporarily a set of RS Quadra's on there, but those won't cut the mustard!). I'm leaning towards converting my bike over to discs and I've been looking at a couple of shocks. I want something with lockout, fairly light and not going to break the bank. Im not looking for tons of travel, I grew up thinking Mag 21's and my old Manitou EFC were the greatest, so I'm sure anything newer will be great.

I really like the 2008 Recon, can anyone tell me does that have lockout? If it does, I think I'll go for it. Then I also saw the Manitou Drake, which looked pretty good too. What are your thoughts? I also saw that wheelworld.com had alot Marzocchi's for pretty good deals, areany of these worth it?

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Jeff

Rock Shox Recon:

http://wheelworld.com/product/rockshox-2008-recon-race-solo-air-8118.htm

Manitou Drake:

http://cgi.ebay.com/10-Manitou-Drak...=270704034133&ps=63&clkid=7057203587166421105

Marzocchi:

http://wheelworld.com/product-list/parts-1051/forks-1066/
 

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The Motion Control has a semi-lockout. It's not a solid lockout as it has a blowoff with a little movement but it's effective.

As far as which fork, there is a significant travel difference (100mm vs 130mm) between the Recon and Drake (not a Marzocchi fan). Also, a 180mm steerer on the Recon is pretty short. So look at those factors with deciding. Otherwise both forks are very good.
 

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I'm leaning towards the Rock Shox, I picked up a new stem with a 40 mm stack height and I am going to get a new headset that is a little lower profile than the one that is on there. I think 180 should be fine on my bike, a 2nd set of eyes always helps, think the 180 should be ok, right?

 

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mullen119 said:
Both are good forks. The manitou has an internally adjustable HSC shim stack and a shim based rebound piston while the motion control does not. Thats a big deal to me, but it doesnt matter to everyone.
Thanks for the input, could you tell why one way is better than the other?

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The shimmed HSC is nice because you can tune the shim stack for your weight, allowing for a custom tuned compression damper. Shimmed rebound is nice for the same reason(although you wont need to adjust the shim stack on rebound , But the best part about shimmed rebound is that it is speed sensitive were port orifice is not. A lot of riders wont notice the differences in normal riding conditions, but when riding fast in rough conditions, they are nice features. Most likely, you will be happy with either fork.
 

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You may want to stick with a fork that has similar travel to your present fork. Changing to a fork with too much travel will throw the bike's geometry off. If it's an older 60-70mm fork, try a 80mm.
 
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