Mountain Bike Reviews Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
CNC Dude
Joined
·
97 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I need a new fork for my Sinister DNA hardtail. I ride singletrack, downhill, street, and dirt jumps all with this bike -
Currently riding a Manitou Stance, because it was cheap and I was in a hurry to get the bike together. I rode a Sherman 100/130 on my last hardtail. Why do they not make that fork any more?

I want these features:

4-5"/100-130mm travel (5" if nonadjustable)
coil spring(s) (NO AIR)
oil bath damping, don't give a mess about a lockout or a threshhold or a SPV
20mm thru-axle NOT stupid QR20 crap
at least 32mm stanchions
burly enough to withstand dirtjumping, skatepark, light street
light enough to trailride (sub 5.5#)

Marzocchi Z.1 used to be the absolute best-feeling, strongest fork, but now they only make it in 6" versions, which makes this bike too slack. I can break a Fox fork crown in less than one day. Manitou's "splash type" lubrication needs too much maintenance, and it's sticky. I've never really liked RockShox, but is the Pike the only fork that has what I want?

I'm not in the game enough to be up on this stuff any more. Any good ideas?
 

·
"El Whatever"
Joined
·
18,889 Posts
shopvet said:
I need a new fork for my Sinister DNA hardtail. I ride singletrack, downhill, street, and dirt jumps all with this bike -
Currently riding a Manitou Stance, because it was cheap and I was in a hurry to get the bike together. I rode a Sherman 100/130 on my last hardtail. Why do they not make that fork any more?

I want these features:

4-5"/100-130mm travel (5" if nonadjustable)
coil spring(s) (NO AIR)
oil bath damping, don't give a mess about a lockout or a threshhold or a SPV
20mm thru-axle NOT stupid QR20 crap
at least 32mm stanchions
burly enough to withstand dirtjumping, skatepark, light street
light enough to trailride (sub 5.5#)

Marzocchi Z.1 used to be the absolute best-feeling, strongest fork, but now they only make it in 6" versions, which makes this bike too slack. I can break a Fox fork crown in less than one day. Manitou's "splash type" lubrication needs too much maintenance, and it's sticky. I've never really liked RockShox, but is the Pike the only fork that has what I want?

I'm not in the game enough to be up on this stuff any more. Any good ideas?
Looks like your only choice is the Pike whatever they call now to the version with coil.

That or a Zoke Dirt Jumper. It's heavy but if you want it for jumping is worth the weight. Not so espectacular damping... but you can get the dampers from some older HSCV Zoke and drop them in.
 

·
Meh.
Joined
·
17,508 Posts
Warp2003 said:
Looks like your only choice is the Pike whatever they call now to the version with coil.

That or a Zoke Dirt Jumper. It's heavy but if you want it for jumping is worth the weight. Not so espectacular damping... but you can get the dampers from some older HSCV Zoke and drop them in.
Pike is great. Lots and lots of adjustability. No real problems with it yet. A bad batch of lowers came out of the factory and people have cracked them, but Rockshox has handled warranties very well.

Sherman was discontinued for the Travis. That's too bad, because those were sweet forks.. I had the o3 Firefly with TPC+ dampening and Ti springs. Never had a problem with it.
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top