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I have an "economy" bike that I use for winter trail riding, and its crappy elastomer fork turns pretty much rigid in colder temperatures. I'm thinking of replacing it with a used coil or air sprung one, but I don't know which would be better for cold temperatures. From what I understand, a coil will get harder in the cold, but air will leak. Any thoughts?
 

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IMHO, for the winter beater, coil. Rigid is the ultimate best, but if you want squish, then coil has the least amount of issues (cheaper too).

I swap out my air rear for a coil over and don't have the issues I used to with frozen seals = air leaks or elastomer = rigid = potential destruction.
 

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Coil springs don't change with temperature (not enough to matter anyway) but damping can and usually will stiffen with the cold. That will happen to an air fork too, along with the seal issues as mentioned.

I'd say look for a deal on a coil fork with a good adjustable compression damper, like a Van RLC, Nixon Elite TPC+, etc.
 
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