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Best / Cheapest 80mm travel fork for flattish XC

AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
edited February 2008 in XC and Enduro
Hi chaps,

need an 80mm travel fork for XC use. Flat terrain here, and nothing more technical than loose gravel / a few roots, etc.

Would need lockout as have to link the off-road with on-road hucks.

Want the best combination of low price, low weight and quality.

Any thoughts on what to get? Can be new or 2nd hand.

Thanks


Adam :)
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  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    You won't get a quality low weight fork at a low price.

    What is your budget?
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  • AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
    Hi Andy,

    £250 ish I think. Can be second hand. Everyone seems to worship the Reba's but just interested if can get something better / different

    Thanks


    Adam
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  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Reba's are one of the best £200(ish) forks

    Fox F80's might be over your budget, but a very good fork too.
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  • AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
    cool, thanks Andy

    what about R7's or SID's if i can get them used??
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  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Not used the R7's or Sid's, but have heard that the Sid's are pretty flexy and need to be looked after quite a bit. The new '08 Sid's are supposed to be a lot more reliable than the old ones.
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  • Andy_B wrote:
    Not used the R7's or Sid's, but have heard that the Sid's are pretty flexy and need to be looked after quite a bit. The new '08 Sid's are supposed to be a lot more reliable than the old ones.

    08 SIDs will be way above the budget. Go for Rebas.
  • I got a pair of fox f90RL forks off ebay for £155.
    Really good, the lock out works well nice they feel nice
  • reba's are recommended a lot because they are excellent, and stupidly cheap at merlin...
  • Chaka PingChaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    I think you'll pick up a 2nd hand Fox F80 RL for less than £250. They may only be OE (?), so it might HAVE to be 2nd hand!

    I have one on my Anthem and it's been very good. Tracks superbly, very plush and very light. Seems well made but can't give a verdict on reliability after just 9 months.
  • zero303zero303 Posts: 1,162
    Rebas from Merlin... I'm even tempted to have that as my sig... I know they're 100mm but run them with a bit more sag and you won't notice...

    http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=produ ... egoryId=18
  • Sir HCSir HC Posts: 20,148
    Pace RC31's.

    You don't need suspension for gravel roads and a few roots.
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  • AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
    Oh yeah, Pace RC31's.

    Was actually thinking about chucking them onto my SS and using the too good for the bike Magura Ronin race forks on the better bike.

    Anyone know if the C-type is worth the extra money. Or if the on-one versions are much cop?

    Thanks


    Adam
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    Airnimal Chameleon
  • AndyAndy Posts: 8,207
    R7's would be a good choice :wink:
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