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What is the best fork I can get for the last gen Nomad...1 1/8 st? Im trying to stay between 300-400 (obviously used) and have seen some Fox 36 Van and Floats, a few Lyrics...any suggestions?

Ive got a SL for XC, so this would be for the occasional Lifts (Keystone, Sol Vista), and Shuttle runs, but also want it to be pedal-able...

Also, any idea on what brake hose lengths I need? Looking to get some Elixirs or Juicys and dont want to get something too short...size L frame
 

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augustiner said:
What is the best fork I can get for the last gen Nomad...1 1/8 st? Im trying to stay between 300-400 (obviously used) and have seen some Fox 36 Van and Floats, a few Lyrics...any suggestions?

Ive got a SL for XC, so this would be for the occasional Lifts (Keystone, Sol Vista), and Shuttle runs, but also want it to be pedal-able...

Also, any idea on what brake hose lengths I need? Looking to get some Elixirs or Juicys and dont want to get something too short...size L frame
I'd also consider some of the Marz 66 forks also. The 170mm versions are actually about perfect on the Nomad, and they have great damping. I had one on mine until I went to a 160mm fork with a 650B wheel, which pretty well matched the ride height of the 170mm 66. Mine is/was still extremely pedal efficient with either setup and will probably be a better choice for 170mm for the kind of riding you're stating. That said, I also had Van 36 and a Nixon 160 Elite on the Nomadl, and they worked quite well too. The 66 was the plushest while still being the best big hit fork amongst them.
 

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I run a Lyrik 2- step on my 08 and its perfect,small bump compliance is great and its real hard to bottom.Its a 2010 and ive had no issues.They can be found for around 400.I paid 550 shipped for mine new on ebay.For the same price Fox,you will probably get a really used 07.
 

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Would the 09 Marzocchi 55 RC3 Air PL be a decent fork? Not sure the differences between the 55 and the 66's...
 

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I'm running the 09 55 RC3 on my Nomad 1 and it's a nice fork. It was a warranty replacement and had some issues with oil leaks when I received it but some oversized o rings from the hardware store took care of that. It's a very plush fork and can be dialed in quite nicely. The 66 is the beefier older brother to the 55. The 55 RC3 is 160 travel and works well for all around use. A longer travel 66 would be better if you're not doing as much uphill pedaling but the 160 55 handles everything my old Bullit with 170 Super T does.
 

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I had a Van 36 on my 08 Nomad, and it worked really well. Plush and good for bit hits. I went to a 09 Talas 36 recently with the 1.5" steer tube. The new fork is not as plush as the Van, but close enough :)

The 08 Nomad has a 1.5" head tube, so it opens up some opportunity to pick up new forks for cheap. I picked up the Talas brand new from Bike Wagon. They have some listed for $419 with best offer!
 

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Hecklerofhazzard said:
I'm running the 09 55 RC3 on my Nomad 1 and it's a nice fork. It was a warranty replacement and had some issues with oil leaks when I received it but some oversized o rings from the hardware store took care of that. It's a very plush fork and can be dialed in quite nicely. The 66 is the beefier older brother to the 55. The 55 RC3 is 160 travel and works well for all around use. A longer travel 66 would be better if you're not doing as much uphill pedaling but the 160 55 handles everything my old Bullit with 170 Super T does.
The 55 has 32mm stanchions, right? Forks with 32mm stanchions have gotten much better with their design to maintain stiffness. The 66 has 35mm stanchions. I'm thinking you'll like the 66 a bit better for the burlier riding the OP indicated in his post. Also I think the 66's that were made in Italy were more durable and trouble-free than some of the later forks. I thought we were talking about used forks here, and I think you'll find some good prices on the older 66's. That said, I didn't have any issues with my Van 36 or Nixon 160 either.
 

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Mine is a 1 1/8, I think it was one of the last ones...just before they came out with the 1.5...otherwise Id hit up bikewagon in a second

http://www.bikewagon.com/Forks-Head...26-Forks/Rock-Shox-Lyrik-U-Turn-p8796264.html

I just buy that...

Id like to get a new fork if its within the price range, or used if I have to...theres a few on Pinkbike Marzocchi 55 RC3 and marzocchi 66rc3 for 400, or i found a new 66rc3 180mm new for 500....
 

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55 has 35mm stanchions as well. It's pretty burly for an all mountain/light freeride fork. If you're not going crazy big, it's as plush as the 66 without the weight penalty. The 66 can get heavy fast. I use my 55 for xc during the week and dh and fr @ Mt Snow and Diablo on the weekends. A great all around fork plus a 3 year warranty. Only downside is you'll most likely need the warranty.
 
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