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I have a 04 Specialized Rockhopper with the stock Manitou Six front fork. I took it apart to adjust the travel to 100 mm, and I found out that almost every part inside is plastic! All that the spring rests on is a little metal washer that is clipped into a plastic rod. Even the pre-load is completely plastic. Is this normal for shocks? I can't imagine the nicer shocks have this cheap plastic setup.

I was considering upgrading my front fork, but I want to do it for under $200. I don't need anything great, I just want something that's well constructed and performs well overall. I was considering the entry level Marzoochi fork (not sure of the model), which got good reviews. Anybody know if these are constructed well? Any recommendations would be nice.
 

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Some forks are like that...

plastic is cheaper and lighter I guess.... however that isn't necessarily a bad thing... for example I have heard that most of the internal of the new Rock Shox Reba is made of plastic for weight purposes.....

Regarding the Marzocchi.. I suppose you mean the MX Comp, I have an MX Comp with ETA (a little more expensive, but worth it) and I can't do anything but recommend it. It is a great performing fork, it is a little heavy, but performance-wise it is great, specially for its price.

I hope this helps.

-Cris

Creelove said:
I have a 04 Specialized Rockhopper with the stock Manitou Six front fork. I took it apart to adjust the travel to 100 mm, and I found out that almost every part inside is plastic! All that the spring rests on is a little metal washer that is clipped into a plastic rod. Even the pre-load is completely plastic. Is this normal for shocks? I can't imagine the nicer shocks have this cheap plastic setup.

I was considering upgrading my front fork, but I want to do it for under $200. I don't need anything great, I just want something that's well constructed and performs well overall. I was considering the entry level Marzoochi fork (not sure of the model), which got good reviews. Anybody know if these are constructed well? Any recommendations would be nice.
 

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Creelove said:
I have a 04 Specialized Rockhopper with the stock Manitou Six front fork. I took it apart to adjust the travel to 100 mm, and I found out that almost every part inside is plastic! All that the spring rests on is a little metal washer that is clipped into a plastic rod. Even the pre-load is completely plastic. Is this normal for shocks? I can't imagine the nicer shocks have this cheap plastic setup.

I was considering upgrading my front fork, but I want to do it for under $200. I don't need anything great, I just want something that's well constructed and performs well overall. I was considering the entry level Marzoochi fork (not sure of the model), which got good reviews. Anybody know if these are constructed well? Any recommendations would be nice.
There are some ~$200 deals on Skarab Elite and '03 Black Elite, that have much better damping than the low end Bombers. Sometimes plastic parts can be a problem, but the Mani-tous work very well for the price.
 
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