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ok. having talked w/ friends, turner themselves, i've narrowed it down. lets assume price were not a factor (but it says, so we're talking 05's only)

weight is definately a factor in picking these out. i need something solid, light and stiff. which would you guys go for:


rockshox pike team air
fox talas rlc
fox vanilla rlc
marzocchi sl (at the 110-130 size).

turners recommendations were the pike and talas. cheapest i can find on the pike is 515. the marzocchi sl is looking very appealing at 408 bucks.
the talas, which i think would be my first choice as i dig fox - is way too expensive. over 600. and the talas is supposed to compete w/ the zocchi am 1- and apparently kicks it's butt.



ok. thoughts?



-joshua...
 

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Positive experience with the '05 Marzocchi SL 110-130

Have been running this on my 5 Spot for the past year. It is the best fork I have ever ridden. My point of reference is a TALAS, Float, Z1 as far as recent forks go.

Performance is awesome. Laterally stiff, good usable travel. Durable and reasonable weight. The common perception, and my perception as well, is that coil forks have better overall performance. Compared to an AM 1, I can't imagine there is much of a performance downgrade with the AM SL. The SL does not have as many features, which is probably why it does not weigh as much as the coil AM 1. Travel compliance is adjusted by a dial at the top of the right leg. It almost locks out in the first setting and gets relatively soft in the 5th setting. I usually leave it in the fully soft setting unless I have a lot of climbing to do. Unless I am on pavement I hardly ever lock it out. The fork does not substantially bob.

The travel is so nice. Progressiveness is adjustable. I hardly ever bottom the fork. WIth the TALAS I always felt like I was blowing through my travel, making the front end dive, and getting me to endo more times in one season than I had in ten. Maybe I just set it up poorly, but the TALAS did not work for me. Still I like Fox and I am sure I will ride one again.

Two complaints:
1. Axle-Crown height is tall. Don't know the numbers, but I know the Pike and Fox offerings are not as tall.
2. Related to number one...no easily adjustable travel, as compared to the AM 1 as well as all the other big brand primary offerings.

The only way to adjust the travel is with a pump. There is no ability to flip a switch to allow it to squat down in its travel for those long climbs. A-C height would be a moot point if one could easily adjust the travel. I wouldn't care so much about a tall A-C if I could drop the front end height a wee bit on the climbs to calm down a little bit of that front wheel wander. For straight ahead or downhill riding a tallish A-C is fine.

The 2006 Zoke line is suppose to have a shorter A-C height, but I haven't seen a confirmation of that for the AM SL. If that could come down a bit and have a readily accessible travel adjust, then it would be supreme.
 

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Keep in mind that if you were to go with the PIKE, you would need to build up a 20mm through axle front wheel.

With that said, I would seriously take a look at the new Rock Shox Revelation fork, nice & light (right around or under 4 lbs I believe) & very adjustable. It has a standard QR axle drop out as well, feels as good as the PIKE IMO & about half the cost of the Fox forks.
 

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helenforsdale said:
rockshox pike team air
fox talas rlc
fox vanilla rlc
marzocchi sl (at the 110-130 size).
From that list, I would pick the TALAS RLC but recommend the new Pike dual-air U-turn. Plus PUSH is working on the mods for the Pike so by the time you'll need service, you can get it PUSH'd. Just thinking ahead...
 

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Pike Team for $396 / Vanilla RLC $339

If you can still use the BF2005 code at fullcycles for 17% off (I think you can) you could get a Pike Team for $396 (477-81=396) Call and talk to Will I got some great deals from him a little over a week ago.

PIKE TEAM

Or for super cheap option Pricepoint has Vanilla RLCs on sale for $339

VANILLA RLC

Also I would second the other poster and say take a look at the Revelation if you dont already have a 20mm thru axle front wheel. You can read Jaybos review here:

Revelation on a Spot
 

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Vanilla link

CDtofer said:
Or for super cheap option Pricepoint has Vanilla RLCs on sale for $339

VANILLA RLC
FYI-When I click that link, it comes to a page that lists the fork at $489.
 

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Strange, it works for me...

Call_me_Clyde said:
FYI-When I click that link, it comes to a page that lists the fork at $489.
To get the right one all you have to do is click the end of the year special on the home page. From there go to forks and frames and voila. There is actually some pretty good deals there.
 

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Call_me_Clyde said:
FYI-When I click that link, it comes to a page that lists the fork at $489.
I just bought it for $339.00 This made my decision process a little easier. 03 Pushed Talas RLC will be up for sale soon.
 

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helenforsdale said:
ok. having talked w/ friends, turner themselves, i've narrowed it down. lets assume price were not a factor (but it says, so we're talking 05's only)

weight is definately a factor in picking these out. i need something solid, light and stiff. which would you guys go for:

rockshox pike team air
fox talas rlc
fox vanilla rlc
marzocchi sl (at the 110-130 size).

turners recommendations were the pike and talas. cheapest i can find on the pike is 515. the marzocchi sl is looking very appealing at 408 bucks.
the talas, which i think would be my first choice as i dig fox - is way too expensive. over 600. and the talas is supposed to compete w/ the zocchi am 1- and apparently kicks it's butt.

ok. thoughts?

-joshua...
What size frame are you riding, and how much do you weigh?

You have mail.
 
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