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I'm looking to spend as little as possible on a fork for my budget build. Around 100 mm is what I'm looking for.

Anybody know of a good fork?

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Rockshox Tora

I like the R7 too; I mean it looks good but I haven't tried it. What about the Roickshox Tora 302 U-turn w/lockout (or the more expensive Tora 318)? The 302 has 85-130mm of travel, lockout, and external rebound. It got excellent reviews on this site. If you were going to buy it is cheapest at http://www.blueskycycling.com/product1693_39_-2007-Rock-Shox-Tora-302-U-Turn-Fork.htmBlueskycycling. However, I have had really bad experience with them (although it was on a large order) so I tried going to Jensonusa. I then requested a price match and they gave it to me right away. I had excellent experience with them:thumbsup: !
 

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If you're really going budget I'll have an new OE Manitou Axel next week that I was planning on taking off and ebaying whenever. I'm not looking for much, PM me if interested.
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I was already looking at the Tora and there is only a ten dollar difference in price. I feel kinda fork dumb because I really don't know what all the "Poploc" and "U-turn" stuff really is.

help?
 

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Poploc and U-Turn

Offtime3123 said:
I was already looking at the Tora and there is only a ten dollar difference in price. I feel kinda fork dumb because I really don't know what all the "Poploc" and "U-turn" stuff really is.

help?
Yea, all this stuff is a little hard to understand. U-turn is just Rockshox's term for adjustable travel. Changing the travel does not effect the preload. It is actually really a good idea and its nice that the tora has 45 mm of adjustable travel. Poploc, on the other hand, I have never used. It is basically a handlebar mounted system that offer motion control, such as lockout, right at your fingertips. I personally think that Poploc is just more stuff to go wrong, but it is convenient. Also, I did hear bad stuff mechanically about Poploc, so it would be best to research first.
 

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Poploc and U-Turn

Offtime3123 said:
I was already looking at the Tora and there is only a ten dollar difference in price. I feel kinda fork dumb because I really don't know what all the "Poploc" and "U-turn" stuff really is.

help?
U-turn is adjustable travel. Poploc is handlebar mounted motion control. I'll give a more complete response later.
 

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All the forks listed have their positives and negatives.
The Tora 302 does not come with Rock Shox’s Motion Control damping (the website doesn’t really go into any detail as to what type of damping it uses), plus it’s a bit of a pig at 5.3 lbs. Nevertheless, with it’s steel walled, larger diameter tubes it will probably be noticeably stiffer than the other two. If you live somewhere with long climbs followed long descents you might appreciate the adjustable travel. My preference is to just set the travel and forget it (there are no real mountains where I ride).

The R7 will be the racier fork, and is pretty light at 3.6 lbs. Having a light bike is always nice for the climbs and for accelerating, but if you’re heavy or ride really aggressively you may notice some flex in the fork. Also, I’ve read the Fluid Flow damping is a simplistic design and leaves a bit to be desired when encountering hits at high speed.

The Black may be the best fork. No weight is listed, but I remember reading somewhere that the adjustable travel Blacks weigh around 4.2 lbs (not bad). I’ve also read that TPC, the damping used by this model Black, makes for a nice plush ride. I’m sure there are drawbacks to TPC, but don’t know them off the top of my head (the search function is a wonderful tool).

One last comment - the R7 is air sprung, meaning you should be able to set the sag/preload to your weight regardless of what you weigh. The other two are coil sprung, so you may have to buy diff’t springs if you do not weigh within the weight range the stock springs are spec’d at. IOW, if you weigh under around 160lbs you may have to get a softer coil spring, or if you weigh over 190lbs you may need a stiffer spring.

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I have a '06 Tora 318 coil 85-130mm with both stock and extra firm springs in good condition that I want to sell. This is an excellent fork, it will be replaced by an air reba on my singlespeed.
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Manitou R7

Dang, that Manitou R7 gets GREAT reviews on MTBR, for 100mm fork:

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/2006_front_shocks/product_125168.shtml

And at that price FOR A NEW FORK its hard to lose. Note its ONLY disc compatible, but you can pick up some Avid BB5 or 7's for cheap and have a sweet xc setup.

I have had a couple of manitou forks, by happenstance, and so far I have been pleasantly suprised at how good they have been for me.
 
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