The Tora is going to be the most reliable of all the forks, though I've heard good things about the M29 as well. Honestly, the Fisher is probably going to be the best choice; the Cobia is kinda heavy, but a solid bike and has a good warranty.
With the usual caveats of the BD sales model (especially if the rider is unwilling or unable to do some of the maintenance tasks that an LBS would take care of)...hellocook said:http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29pro_SL.htm
$999 shipped, no addional taxes.
plays in adifferent league with reba, xt, juicy 7, wtb and ritchey. geometry looks good as well.
in a wordbig_slacker said:Bikesdirect is known for bad service and screwing people on warranty stuff aren't they?
With that said, pretty good spec for the price.
I don't have any personal experience with bikesdirect, I just do web searches for any online companies I think about buying from. I did so for bikesdirect a month or so ago and came up with quite a bit of back and forth negative stuff and responses from bikesdirect staff, mostly dealing with warranty issues and customer service issues. That type of stuff is a red flag for me and I take the better safe than sorry route.bikesdirect said:in a word
NO; we never screw customers and our warranty service is above normal for online and better in some cases than shops. That said: warranty claims on any high grade bike are exceedingly rare
funny.......tell that to these guys (thanks for the internet vintage pic to whomever took it)hellocook said:1st mountain bike and rigid is a funny idea.
Twice as much is not a "little more money".KarlP said:I know this is a little more money, but "what-a-deal"...
2009 Salsa Mamsita...25 lb.s. at Speedgoat...:thumbsup:
what you might be paying to get a low-grade suspension fork, you may be paying for in other components.Elonheater said:A $900 increase in price is a bit more than what I would consider a modest increase in price!!! haha 25 pounds.... sounds awesome!
I do not have any qualms about buying a bike from bikesdirect, but since this is my first bike I would feel much more comfortable being able to ride the bike before buying. Plus, both of my LBS offer LIFETIME servicing for the bike if I buy from them. So I definately want to get a bike from a LBS, besides it would be great to support such bike shops espeically in this enconomy!
One of the posters said I'd be better off with a rigid fork since the frames with front suspension at this price range would be junk. Serioulsy??? I understand that most hardtails at this prince range will not hold up well at all with excessive jumps and drops, but for normal singletrack riding, I thought it would be just fine!!