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Fat Biker
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My current fork, a RS Judy J2, is pretty worn out so I'm looking to upgrade to something better. I ride mostly intermediate XC with some occasional all mountain with small two foot to flat drops and I weigh 230 lbs. I'd really like to find a nice brand new coil fork that won't break the bank and costs less than $300. I know alot of people will recommend an air fork but I don't want to have to mess pumping it up every now and again. I am not too concerned over the weight of the fork; just more interested in plushness. My Haro Shift R3 uses a 100 - 130mm sized fork.

Thanks for the advice in advance!
 

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MattSavage
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All you will ever need.... http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?ID=91483

It's 50 bucks more than your limit, but it's hands down the best fork out there in this range.

The MARS spring is an air/coil model that is amazing. The beginning part of the stroke is controlled by the coil spring rate while the air controls the progressivity of the spring rate. The absolute damper is excellent, far better than anything else in 300 dollar range. It's the same damper thats used on their highest end MRD race forks.

Your fears of "pumping it up every now and again" aren't valid on air forks. You can ride thousands of miles and never mess with the main spring, unless to fine tune it to your liking.

If I was in your shoes, I would not pass up this deal. Read the reviews if you have doubts:
http://www.gramslightbikes.com/2009/05/manitou-minute-elite-absolute-review.html
http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-gear/manitou-minute-elite-tpc-140mm-20mm-axle/
http://twentynineinches.com/2009/11/18/2010-manitou-minute-29″er-fork-first-impressions/
 
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