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Hello,

I'll be (hopefully) getting my new 5spot this weekend. I'm transferring all my old stuff from the blur (xt front, xtr rear, marta sl, good ol' stuff) - however, since the Blur had a maximum fork size limit of 105" (currently Marzocchi Marathon S) i'm switching forks. Current possebilities are:

The new marathon s (125")
Manitou Minute 3/1 (130")
Manitou Black Platinuim
or Fox R/RLC

another possebility is a one month old Marzocchi F1 Freeride, that i can get in a really low price. (1/2), it's a bit on the heavy side, but might be good for future use ..

A little about me and my style: I'm a 160pound aggressive XC rider. That is occasional
3-5ft drops, rocky singletracks, etc.
Then again, i'm also a racer (on my hard tail) - which generally means i DO care about getting up fast enough with my slimmer (bikewise) buddies, on fire roads and technical singles.

What fork would you recommend?

thanks,
All Arounder.
 

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Daniel the Dog
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I really enjoy my 120mm Marathon S

running life said:
Hello,

I'll be (hopefully) getting my new 5spot this weekend. I'm transferring all my old stuff from the blur (xt front, xtr rear, marta sl, good ol' stuff) - however, since the Blur had a maximum fork size limit of 105" (currently Marzocchi Marathon S) i'm switching forks. Current possebilities are:

The new marathon s (125")
Manitou Minute 3/1 (130")
Manitou Black Platinuim
or Fox R/RLC

another possebility is a one month old Marzocchi F1 Freeride, that i can get in a really low price. (1/2), it's a bit on the heavy side, but might be good for future use ..

A little about me and my style: I'm a 160pound aggressive XC rider. That is occasional
3-5ft drops, rocky singletracks, etc.
Then again, i'm also a racer (on my hard tail) - which generally means i DO care about getting up fast enough with my slimmer (bikewise) buddies, on fire roads and technical singles.

What fork would you recommend?

thanks,
All Arounder.
The reason the Marathon pops to the top for me is the ETA. The extra climbing leverage allowed when the ETA is activated gives me the ability to climb much better. Plus, the fork is super plush. I have owned a Fox Vanilla. I like the Marathon better.

The Minute is intriguing, but I found it to be a lot less plush then the Marathon. In a few months, they will be cheap. I have seen them on Ebay for $325.

Good luck,

Jaybo
 

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mad aussie
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Have you considered the new Marzocchi all-mountain? I really like the look of that fork, 110-130 or 130-150 travel, ETA and around 4.3lb, not sure when it will be available. I just hope it comes in some other colour than the ugly "mustard yellow" I saw online.
 

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steve3 said:
One thing I was wondering about the 120mm Marathons and MX's is the stiffness. I was wondering if the extra stanchion length makes those forks feel a bit flexier. Is so, is it significant?
This is one of the reasons that I stayed away from the marathon on the 5 Spot. While it feels fine in the 85mm mode on the O2, I think the flex would be more than many other 120-130mm fork offerings currently available.

That said, I love Marz forks and like Flying Wombat, would suggest looking at the new All-Mountain 1. Great products and service from my experience. Mmmmm mustard!?! :) :confused:

Cheers.
 
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