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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:24 am 
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I am building up a steel charge duster and looking for some forks. I dont know which I want to go for either carbon or steel rigid - if steel something comfortable for all day use on the trail. have used pace rc31 and exotic carbon forks both feel nice. tried p2s felt horrible. Or the suspension option, I did buy some maverick sc32s which I wanted but that fell through - steerer too short. something nice, plush around 100mm. have had plenty of mazocchi mx series over the years - they feel ok when you get them right (air pressures, oil levels). dont like fox because of there service intervals, pace are expensive, manitou (manipoo!), magura forks - not sure. so any help would be appreciated

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:26 am 
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What do you consider expensive? RC36s can be had for £60. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:39 pm 
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Just out of interest, what is so wrong with Manitou?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:50 pm 
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they had a bad stage, not sure if they got past it.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:02 pm 
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Ah, okay - been eyeing up some Manitou Minutes on CRC, will investigate further. Thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:16 pm 
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i have read that they are better in terms of performance and reliability, but that be a marketing ploy? not sure.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:52 pm 
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As far as Manitou goes, I have a set of Minute 29 forks on my Top Fuel 69er and I rate them quite highly - they took a while to break in from new but now I seem to have them pretty well sorted.

Magura are lovely forks, right from the Asgard and Phaon to the newer stuff like the Menja. Nicely engineered and a pleasure to work on IME.
They do love their mythological names for forks, do Magura.....


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:56 pm 
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I saw the 26" Minutes on CRC at £150, maybe a bargain?

Haven't ridden Manitou much since the early days.

I have no experience with Magura forks, but I have a set of Ronin on the way and should be acquiring some Thors from a member here soon.

Looking forward to messing around with them.

What sort of budget are you planning on?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:30 am 
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I bought some Salsa Cromoto's a few months back, for my winter bike... http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... ht=lobster
I really like them so far. They track nicely, and have enough give to not beat you up too much through the rough stuff.
Think I paid around £80 new


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:35 am 
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I am looking to spend no more than £120. I was looking at the salsa cromoto's. they look nice. Or go for exotic carbon forks at £120.


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