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_tom_

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Recommend me some 160mm forks
« on: Mar 05, 2012, 13:37 »
Looking to change the forks on my Bullit. Got some 180mm Boxxer WCs at the minute which feel awesome, but they're on their last legs (the shop I took it to in Whistler had to glue the bushings on to get it to work apparently), and I'd like to get the weight down a bit if I can. The bike rides great with these, they have a pretty short a2c of 525mm and I'm struggling to find anything similar. So I think I'm looking at going down to 160mm to keep the bike geometry close to the way it is. Much taller and the BB and front end will feel too high I think.

I have a budget of about £350 (can go 2nd hand) and want a 1,1/8" steerer, 20mm maxle/QR rather than one that needs allen keys, 160 or 180mm travel (depending on a2c) and if possible travel adjust, so long as it's reliable. Any thoughts on these Marzocchi 2012 55Rs? Not sure why they're so cheap compared to all the other 2012 Marzocchis..

Any recommendations?
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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #1 on: Mar 05, 2012, 18:17 »
Lyriks
545mm a-c and mych better damper than your old boxxers. very good forks all round and you can easily get 2nd hand set, good condition for you budget

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #2 on: Mar 05, 2012, 18:47 »
Are the 2-step ones any good or did they do a u-turn which seems to be more reliable from what I've read?

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #3 on: Mar 05, 2012, 19:09 »
I think most people would choose u-turn over 2-step. The newer ones may have improved but the old 2-steps were absolutely shocking; I had mine converted to u-turns under warranty and I know I am not the only one who did it!

Don't let that put you off lyrics though; they are a great fork. Like I said since mine were converted to U-turn they have been one of the best forks I have ever owned.

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #4 on: Mar 05, 2012, 19:51 »
In regards to two step vs uturn, if you're a keen mechanic and like to look after your kits and service your own forks, 2 step is great. But if not, they can be a bit unreliable. I've rebuilt three sets of two steps in the last couple of weeks, and whilst they feel great, there is that reliability issue. U-turn is very reliable however, and doesn't effect the spring rate like some travel adjustment mechanisms. The 2 step only come in about 60g lighter that uturn as well

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #5 on: Mar 05, 2012, 20:28 »
lyriks get my vote, they are fantastic

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #6 on: Mar 06, 2012, 00:07 »
Cheers guys looks like I'll keep an eye out for some u-turn Lyriks then! I have a set of u-turn air Pikes and they've been spot on for the past 2-3 years.

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #7 on: Mar 06, 2012, 00:51 »
marzocchi 55 rc3 ti's, i got some on offer for 400quid brand new not so long back - bound to be on offer again somewhere. The forks are amazing, i also have the 66 rc3 evos and the 44rc3 ti's. they're all so smooth and maintenance free, get my vote! RC3 being the key :)

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #8 on: Mar 06, 2012, 11:07 »
I may have a set going next week as I am thinking of swapping to revelations (the lyrics are a bit too over-specced for what I now use them for). They would be well within your budget; I can drop you a PM next week if you are interested?

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #9 on: Mar 06, 2012, 11:10 »
Yep that sounds good, cheers!

Alex where did you find the Marzocchis for so cheap?

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #10 on: Mar 06, 2012, 12:32 »
chainreaction, winstanleys also have had random sales on them - got some 2010 44 rc3 ti's for 203quid about 6 months ago! my 2011 66 rc3 evos were 450, and as i said 400quid for my 2011 55 rc3 tis, all bought within the last 6 months at a guess. Unfortunately typically when you're desperate for a set there are no offers! :)
Makes you think about the second hand value of forks though....

my 55's were in god awful purple to be fair thinking about it lol, but the others were normal colours ;)

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Re: Recommend me some 160mm forks
« Reply #11 on: Mar 06, 2012, 15:32 »
haha I'm not bothered about colour but would prefer grey/white as they always look nice on raw or polished frames. I'll keep checking winstanleys etc for deals.


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