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well im the proud new owner of a 2008 hardrock disc from my LBS with the great price of $390. my only complaint is the fork. ive read a couple reviews of people not being happy with it due to stiffness and lack of travel. so i need your help in picking a good fork that wont break my bank either. i dont mind spending like 150-200 cause im gonna keep this bike for as long as possible and beat on the trail.
 

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You can probably find a used Rockshox Tora 318 Air fork for that price used. Otherwise you could probably get a lower end Rockshox or Marzocchi fork, possibly a DART or MZ COMP.
 

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I highly recommend the Tora 318. The coil version is going for $260 at treefortbikes.com. I have one on my Hardrock.
 

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well for 169 for the tora at pricepoint sounds like a price that cant be beat. does anyone know the weight of the stock fork on a hardrock? is a SR Suntour SF8-XCT-V2
 

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I am not entirely sure about the weight, but what I am sure about is that it will be lighter, and perform a world better than the suntour. It looks like you got a good deal on it too. My friend's Norco Bushpilot has a suntour on it. It is funny watching him bob like a pogo stick on climbs...

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Don't ride the bike!

the best time to upgrade is at purchase; call your LBS and ask them what they will do to outfit you with a better fork taking the current one in trade.

Failing that, your best alternative is to return the bike and buy a higher end one with a better fork

Either of these alternatives will be cheaper and better than sourcing another fork for your new ride.

Hope this helps a bit, Jim
 

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Sounds like he's already riddent it and didn't like the fork. I reckon the Tora will probably be a good pound lighter than the stock fork.

Yes JimC is right in that it's always better to get a whole bike with the components you want rather than upgrading, but in saying that just upgrading a fork on a lower end bike can make a huge difference.

Note that you may have to get your LBS to install it though (cut the steerer and insert the star nut) but they shouldn't charge you much for that it's like a 5 minute job.
 

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well im a college studenton a tight budget s high end bike is more than i could afford and i got a great deal on this bike. so for me to upgrade certain parts on a good frame is a better option.
 

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Ride it until it dies, then upgrade the fork once it doesn't work at all. By that time, you may have saved up enough to buy a nicer bike. Just my .02.
 

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well for 169 for the tora at pricepoint sounds like a price that cant be beat. does anyone know the weight of the stock fork on a hardrock? is a SR Suntour SF8-XCT-V2
Another recomendation for the Tora 318. Cambria Bikes has a 25% off coupon deal for the next few days, so that Tora 318 would be more like $150 which is a great deal. It is worth stepping up to a RS with motion control as it will be a much better shock than your current dart or the tora you are mentioning at pricepoint.

http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=69610&page=ROCKSHOX+TORA+318+FORK+SOLO+AIR+SUSPENSION+FO RK+2008
 

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harry2110 said:
how much better is the tora over a dart 2. (weight, travel, stiffness)
Weight - much better, I had a Dart 2 for a bit, the Tora 318 was 350g lighter.
Travel, well the same if you leave it in the 100mm setting (you can change travel between 80mm and 130mm by adding or removing internal spacers if you don't have a u-turn - well not sure about the current most model but you can in an 06).
Stiffness, well the Tora is lighter but doesn't feel weaker.

I have had a Pike 454 as well, and to me the ride the Tora gave was just as good a ride, it just didn't have as many dials and settings to fiddle with. Actually my Tora is going fine since '06 and the Pike got a decent nick / scratch in the stanchoin after a few months, so I would consider the chromed stanchions to be more durable than the anodized ones of higher end forks.

For the price you would be paying on sale, I think the tora is that much better.
 

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Definitely the tora.....

I bought a bike and had a Dart 3 on it. Not bad, but I am also a heavy clydesdale. I had a chance to get a Reba at a great price (about as good as the tora is on sale for now) and it is incredibly better. I almost wish I had gone for the tora 318 single air though, one place to pump and done. Just as the other poster said about the Pike, so many dials and adjustments. But Tora, Reba, Pike...much better than the Suntour you are riding. Suntour, from my research and experience, are great for basic models and such, but if you get the Tora, and with general care/maintanance, you won't need another fork for quite a while.
 
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