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Front suspension on touring MTB

vladovlado Posts: 41
edited October 2014 in Tour & expedition
Hi,
I am trying to put together touring bike for my 2015 tour in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. All components are clear for me but the only problem I got is front fork. I would like to have front suspension fork with disc brakes. It would be good if it would be V-brakes compatible. Something like Magura Odur, which seems to have only good reviews and was probably built to last - http://old.magura.com/en/products/older ... dur-1.html Unfortunately Magura have discontinued the Odur. Is there any similar oil-spring fork out there in the market?

Any ideas/opinions?

Thank you.

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  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    I can't remember the name of the model, but I remember reading that Rockshox do a set of oil-and-springs forks.

    I've just taken the shocks off my touring MTB (a pair of refurbished old-skool Marzocchis). I'm not sure they are really worth the extra weight. OK, if you're daydreaming and ride into a pothole then they are nice to have, but they don't do much to dampen the vibration from unsurfaced dirt roads.
  • vladovlado Posts: 41
    andymiller:thanks but I'd like to try them anyway :-). any ideas?
  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    vlado wrote:
    andymiller:thanks but I'd like to try them anyway :-). any ideas?

    See the first paragraph of my reply? Sorry I can't remember the name of the model.
  • vladovlado Posts: 41
    went to local bike shop and all the oil-spring rockshox offered seemed to be of low quality. do you know about some of a good quality? money are not an issue
  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    vlado wrote:
    went to local bike shop and all the oil-spring rockshox offered seemed to be of low quality. do you know about some of a good quality? money are not an issue

    I don't know which forks you saw, and in any case I know sweet FA about Rockshox range, but I think the ones I had read about where the Rockshox Recon Silvers. I don't know whether these were the ones you saw.

    https://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/recon-silver-r

    http://www.merlincycles.com/rockshox-re ... 49396.html

    http://www.bike-advisor.com/reviews/com ... -2012.html

    Apart from them (or something else from the Rockshox range), I think you'd be looking at getting a pair of old-skool Marzocchis (if you can find any - I think Marzocchi stopped making coil-and-oil forks about 10 years ago) and refurbishing them. But you may need to hunt around for replacement seals.

    I'm afraid this looks like another example of how the bike industry has sold us all on 'improvements' that aren't really improvements.
  • vladovlado Posts: 41
    Yes you are right. Not always so-called "improvements" are really improvements.
  • bianchimoonbianchimoon Posts: 3,942
    my fox talas have brake mounts on them, admittedly an older model, but worth a try looking at those?
    All lies and jest..still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest....
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