Changing RST Gilia T7....

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Changing RST Gilia T7....

Postby deanvw » Sun Aug 12, 2007 17:45 pm

Ok. took bike for some hardcore 'xc' at my local trails. I think that the seals are broken becuase mud is being squirted out the bottom of the forks. so time for a change.... was looking for a set of cheapish forks 2nd hand or new but under 60pounds. i no this is a long shot but one of my mates got a set of Marzocchi DJ3 for 50pound 2nd hand...

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Postby deanvw » Sun Aug 12, 2007 17:47 pm

15% downhill 40% singletrack 20%dirt 25% general riding

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Postby Big n Daft » Sun Aug 12, 2007 17:55 pm

Buying second hand forks is a risky business.

Numerous pitfalls await the unwary......

Is the steerer tube the right size for the frame?

Is the steerer tube long enough to allow attachment of the stem, or has it been cut down to fit another frame/stem combo, which unless it is brand new or bankrupt stock, it will have been.

Are the fork legs bent?

Are the internals in decent condition?

E-bay or the for sale ads on here are your best bet, be careful though, you need to know what you are looking for.

The very first bit of advice you were given on your other thread still holds, save up and stick a 302 Tora on it.
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Postby deanvw » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:02 pm

would u personally recomend them?

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Postby supersonic » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:05 pm

I would, I have a pair.

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Postby Andy B » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:09 pm

Yes, if your frame can take a 130mm fork.
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Postby deanvw » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:09 pm

what you meen?

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Postby supersonic » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:11 pm

You cant just stick any fork on you wish, they have differing amounts of travel, which is suspension movement. Toras are available 80, 100 and 130mm, or travel adjust 85-130.

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Postby deanvw » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:12 pm

im a begginer btw.... i no about travel nd that but i thought any could just go on there..lol

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Postby Andy B » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:13 pm

What travel are the forks you have on your bike & what is your bike?
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Postby supersonic » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:13 pm

Your Mantra will be fine with 130mm.

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Postby Big n Daft » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:16 pm

Saracen Mantra 1 is suspension adjusted for 120 + mm of travel, according to the sales blurb.

RST fork fitted as standard was 120mm.

Should be ok, as long as the steerer tube is long enough and the right width for your frame.

The steerer tube on the one on Ebay is 1-1/8" wide and 240mm long.

If this is a match for width and the steerer tube is not shorter than you need, i'd have a go for them, after asking the seller what condition there in.
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Postby deanvw » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:19 pm

they are still in the original box

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Postby Big n Daft » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:23 pm

With the greatest of respect, that means naff all.

I have boxes for things that are absolutely trashed, the forks are the important things, not the box.

Are they bent? What condition are the drop outs in? Do the adjusters all work? Are there any leaks from seals? Any pitting or rust on the stanchions?

There the sort of questions i'd be asking in one. "what condition are they in?"

If the seller says they are perfect and when you receive them, they arn't, at least you have something to back you up, if you have to try and get your money back.
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Postby deanvw » Sun Aug 12, 2007 18:24 pm

ok. thanks B N D


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