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Next december, when the biking season is over here in canada, I am planning on changing my stock OEM 80mm marz dj3.

Cost is not a problem. I don't want to have to get it shipped, so atm, slammed forks from nemesis project are not an option, although if someone convinces me it's worth it, I might consider it. I want something no heavier than the dj3, and I want it to be rigid and burly.

I was considering a coil pike with U-turn, 90-140mm. Is there a reason not to? Are there any other suggestions?
 

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I like the looks of the Manitou Gold Label Jump Series 2 fork. Lighter than your Marz dj3 but still strong. It's got a grind bolt too.
 

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20mm thru, or qr/bo? isn't the 06 dj3 qr only? not sure about the oem verions, and how is it 80mm, I thought the dj3 was 100, just like my dj2... fill me in... (I'd like to drop my dj2 to 80 actually, but not a big concern as of yet).

but, if I were you, and you had your cash all saved up, I'd wait for the next flow of dj/urban forks to hit the market while you just bash around on your oem fork... there is some sick stuff coming up.
look at the RST for example... haven't heard much about it, but I've seen some pros rocking them... (dont' know if that's just a contract thing though, but they looked nice to me, haha) I know, you're like rst, what? also, fox and RS will jump on the wagon I'm sure. RS will pump out something beyond pike probably. marz will probably run the same stuff for a couple of years after this small revamp, and who knows about answer...
 

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Things don't get much heavier than the o4/o5 DJ series.

Pike is awesome, you may need to go x-firm for urban riding. The Gold Label is real cool. Stiff, TPC derived dampening, grind bolt. If you wait, Rockshox will release their DJ specific fork in a couple months.

Fox, thin lower castings, I've seen 2 blow out from DJ/Urban use.

RST... Pros get paid to ride them. Can you say top-out?
 

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like XSL said, wait for a couple of months. because not only will you have 2X more stuff to consider, but the 06 forks will be going for cheap. pike would be cool, but the extra travel wouldent be needed on a 416.
 

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naw not really. I DH with a 90mm Manitou stance. sure it is pretty rough, but it teaches you smoother faster lines.
 

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Order a Nemesis Project kit and buy a Z1 sport. Going from 6 to 3 inches of travel yields HUGE bushing overlap and the fork is sub-5#. Go for it.
 

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go with the manitou gold label series . Light but strong ,and if you go with the 100mm you can change it to 80mm.On the 80mm you can't change it to 100mm
 

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fox 36 talas kept at 110mm
sorry, no... absolutely ridiculous for your application, and not one bit cost effective. not to mention, imagine how goofy the giant fork would look with the small diamater of your 416's tubing and 2.3 tires.... :skep:
I'm sure you would smack yourself after you dropped that kind of cash on an AM fork, just when Fox is getting ready to possibly debut a jump fork too.

interesting though how Lopes dropped Fox (or was it the other way around??) and now has a Marzocchi pro model 4X fork.
 

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Budget will not be a concern at all. I'm just throwing around ideas here. 4x, dirt jumping, and urban assault is what I mostly do, along with the occasional north-shorish drop. I'm look at 80 to 100mm of travel to make up for sketchy landings on drops, with the lowest possible A to C height. The gold label is very tempting now, but every manitou I've ever tried felt like utter crap to me, so I'm kind of scared of not being happy with it.(If you own one and have any comments on it, please share). I might always go the lowered nemesis route, but getting one to canada might be a hassle. The SSV damping on it(or am I wrong) is not the greatest ever, but it does it's job quite well.
 

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Go for the Gold Label. I used to hate Manitou and only rode Marz before a pro gave me a fork. So i have been ridding a Manitou Sherman Jumper 80mm fork for a few months and am loving it. Stiff and light and stiff. Sorry but good luck finding this fork because I do not think it was available to the masses. Oh ya I ordered a 100mm Marz Dj2 to put on my evil and the fork has mad play in it, has anyone else having this problem or should I send it in for warranty? I am a shop mechanic and went through everything and still feels wack!
 

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Go for the Gold Label. I used to hate Manitou and only rode Marz before a pro gave me a fork. So i have been ridding a Manitou Sherman Jumper 80mm fork for a few months and am loving it. Stiff and light and stiff. Sorry but good luck finding this fork because I do not think it was available to the masses. Oh ya I ordered a 100mm Marz Dj2 to put on my evil and the fork has mad play in it, has anyone else having this problem or should I send it in for warranty? I am a shop mechanic and went through everything and still feels wack!
Nah, they sold those for a while. Don't make 'em any more though.
 
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