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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:38 pm 
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Asking too much isn't it?

Second hand preferably under £300.

Any ideas for an old man?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:15 pm 
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No idea what a Clydesdale is, but 80-100mm + lightweight + all the toys + under £300 ... 1st generation Reba?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:10 pm 
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A Clydesdale wouldn't want to go too light. SIDs are very light, but pretty flexxy, especially the older ones.

There's a link to a pair of Foxes I'm selling, well within your budget if they fit the bill.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1712876


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:25 pm 
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Pity those aren't lockout.

Don't know if I can live without it now, I have been riding rigid lately and don't want to lose that option.

I snagged some RLC Floats from the Bay, so for now those will be serviced and shoved on while I look for something long term.

Always found SIDs excellent, but I really have no idea on modern shocks, the last three or four years at least.

Guess I am not a hard core Clydesdale really, knocking on 16 stone suited and booted but I tend to carry another ten kilos of kit.

I should have said I ideally want something from the last three years, hence the budget.

I will keep an eye on the CRC sales!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:34 pm 
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magura's.

end of discussion.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:53 pm 
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jamabikes wrote:
magura's.

end of discussion.

Indeed! Magura Durin Marathons at 1500gms ish or Menjas at 1650 ish
You could go lighter with their Durin SL or race, but they're very light and might struggle under a pieboy.
For £300 you'll get some lovely 2010 or2011 models. Go for the 2011 (same colour crown as lowers) as the wiper seals are MUCH better.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:14 pm 
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Magura hits the nostalgia nerve too! Thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:57 pm 
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If you're looking towards Maguras, keep an eye out for a good set of Odur's too - they are Coil/oil, rather than air, but still weigh around the 1650g mark.

The dual-arch brace keeps then very strong & stiff, but on the Durin SL's they don't come with lockout so avoid those if it's a necessity.
I have got Durins (x2) and Odurs and have found Maguras easily the best forks I've used. Require virtually no servicing - can be tricky to get the exact sag & rebound adjustment but once you do they are pretty much perfect!
You should be able to pick up a VGC set of either Durin or Odur for anything between 100-200 quid! Bargain!! The slightly older ones (08-09) commonly have v-brake bosses as well, where many of the newer ones are disc only - so that could be a factor?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:02 pm 
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I prefer air for versatility.

Lockout is a deal breaker for me, I like to ride rather than drive so I get the miles in on pavement that work much better with rigid.

So it seems there are no radically different forks out there than those I have ridden before.

The constant wave of innovation that was raging back in the 90s seems to have given way to a more gentle progressive evolution.

Dandy, that means better value for those who are happy to take a couple of evolutionary steps backwards!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:17 pm 
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Yup, Air all the way these days. I have a couple of sets of Magura 'marathon' forks (90-120/130mm travel) and if you want PLUSH, you don't need oil forks anymore ;)

Maguras ARE great, however the new ones don't fully lock. I'm like you, I like to ride and I also use my bikes for commuting, so they get a lot of pavement work too (makes choosing tyres a bugger, but I digress..) and what Magura use is a system called 'DLO'. Essentially they are locked out, but on the DLO forks they allow a 10mm movement to avoid blowing out the cartridges...
Then there is the 'Albert Select' damping, and that's great! Same as DLO, it allows a small degree of movement ~10mm but when the selector (lockout) is ON, you can adjust the damping from 10mm to 20/25mm of movement if you have the air pressure nice & high..(technically overpressured according to Magura's guidance).

The Albert Select lockout however means that when climbing hills there is a little 'ripple' over the surface, but none of that annoying fork bob - but it is designed so that if you suddenly hit a big rock it will unlock the system. I have never yet had this happen..
The forks are also REALLY easy to put air in/out through the top valve.
If you can find someone with a pair, I'd suggest trying them & see what you think! :)


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