I had a Mars back in the day, I think it had 80mm travel. Good fork for xc, nice and light and I was pleased with it when used for xc specific applications. It is not a fork you would want to jump with or use for aggessive riding IMO. As for the Blacks, I never owned one but I knew other riders who did. And outside of the different models and travel versions the Black was a good fork that you could beat around on and give some punishment to.
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