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I've been scouring the internet for 4 weeks trying to find a deal on a 100mm fork for my son's project bike. Disc mount and doesn't need to have v-brake posts. I'm trying to stay around $200. I could get a cheap coil fork, but they weigh a ton and don't have the adjustment capabilities as he grows.

Help me hook him up!!!

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Sounds like a tall order...a lightweight air fork for around $200. Problem is, just because it's an air fork doesn't mean it's lightweight. The RockShox Tora line of air forks are typically in the 5lb range. Has more to do with the fork materials than with the internals. I think you will have trouble finding anything in the 4lb range for that price without going the ebay/craigslist used route.

If you want to relax your specs a little, how about trying this one from JensonUSA:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/FK268A23-Rockshox+Recon+Silver+Tk+Coil+Fork+11.aspx

The Recon's are one of the more under-rated forks out there and at 4.9lbs aren't total pigs. They are adjustable and you can swap the springs for lighter/stiffer ones as well.

Good luck in your search.

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I've been scouring the internet for 4 weeks trying to find a deal on a 100mm fork for my son's project bike. Disc mount and doesn't need to have v-brake posts. I'm trying to stay around $200. I could get a cheap coil fork, but they weigh a ton and don't have the adjustment capabilities as he grows.

Help me hook him up!!!

Thanks!!
 

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I like the looks of the X-Fusion. If I have to go over budget, I would rather do it on a new fork, that doesn't weep oil. The under 4 pounds part is awesome. Building an inexpensive lightweight bike for a young rider is hard. He's on a tank right now. The only thing that's worse is his little brother's bike is smaller and weighs more.

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I like the looks of the X-Fusion. If I have to go over budget, I would rather do it on a new fork, that doesn't weep oil. The under 4 pounds part is awesome. Building an inexpensive lightweight bike for a young rider is hard. He's on a tank right now. The only thing that's worse is his little brother's bike is smaller and weighs more.

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Some links regarding the X-Fusion:

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=7034320#poststop

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=596484

http://www.mtbr.com/cat/suspension/2010-forks/x-fusion-shox/velour-r/PRD_450827_6743crx.aspx

Just figured you might like to read em.

Both forks posted by Mnigro are fantastic forks ... I've got a 2008 Reba Race (which I rode on my Fisher hardtail for a year or two) on my wife's bike and a 2010 Reba XX on my squish and love em. It all comes down to comfort level with used vs new, but the reviews of the customer service and the forks from X-Fusion have me curious as well.

Whatever your choice, best of luck with the build and make sure to report back!

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The one thing to take into consideration with forks from RST and Suntour is customer service. RST is notorious for complete lack of customer service, Suntour has sucked in the past but maybe they are better now. I know first hand both X-Fusion and SRAM have really good customer service.
 

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Suntour is a 15mm thru axle, which might work depending on the wheels he plans on using.

The RST is already cut so he'd have to be careful making sure it'll work with the headtube of the frame he's using.

The Recon would be $298 buy it now + shipping .. well above the proposed $200 budget and is already cut as well so again headtube length would come into play.

Good to see peeps trying to help tho!

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customer service is only an issue if it's an issue.
 

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saturnine, I was asking the OP since he didn't seem keen on my suggestion. As long as the damper isn't shot, RS forks are cheap to rebuild if you do the work yourself and get your air seals from mcmaster.
 

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Enix or Velour?

Hi GeekNOut,

Can you tell what is the mechanical difference between the Enix and the new Velour?
I know the Velour is lighter and has more options, but what would make the Velour perform better in a QR 100 mm comparison?

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I have a suntour epicon tad 100 140, I have been using it for about a year and its better and lighter than anything else in the price 1800 grams and its a air fork the only problem is you need to get fork lube and clean and lube after every ride. The service is ok no problems emails always answered. I like the fork for a budget am fork it does the job good.
 
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