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    Which Front Fork?

    I just got what I think to be a 97 or 98 Hardrock from a friend yesterday.
    The bike has a solid front fork with no shocks. I like to do a fair bit of jumping and try to challenge myself on the tougher, rockier terrain. I just started riding about 3 months ago so I'm not too bike knowledgeable. Based on what I used the bike for I figure I need shocks with a good amount of travel, but something that can be stiff as well. I need help on selecting a front fork, I dont really understand all the measurements and how to select the shocks I want to use. Any help would be appreciated.

    -Daniel

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    there are the big three fork makers...Marzocchi, Rock Shox, and Manitou.

    the stiffest of all of these would probably be Marzocchi.

    as for which fork to get...it'll really depend on what you're going to do. if it's all jumping and ledged....consider something with 100mm or more of travel. if you plan to also ride XC trail or race...consider a fork with travel in a the 80mm to 100mm range. some forks have a feature that will allow you to switch between the two travel lengths.

    lastly, you'll need to find out if you have a threaded headset or a threadless headset.

    a theaded headset will look something like this



    and your stem might look something like this..



    if it's threadless.....the headset will look like this



    so the difference? the threaded headset has two adjusting nuts....while the threadless has none.

    if you have a threaded head set...you'll have to purchase a new hedset that is threadless, since threaded headsets are pretty rare on mountain bikes these days.....and a new stem.

    also....do you cantilevers or v brakes.

    cantis look like this



    and v brakes look like this



    the difference......the v brake has a metal j-shaped noodle that allows the cable to pull from the side.

    most of the current forks won't accept canti brakes so you may neeed to purchase a set of v brakes.

    also, if you have canti brakes....you'll need to change the lever as well since a canti crake won't pull enough cable to safely opperate the v brake.

    with some more info you can move on to air or coil and features.

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    The Hardrock has the threadless headset and it has v-brakes. I was looking at a fork from the Manitou Six series, but I rode my friends Rock Hopper with the Six Comp today and couldn't stand it. It's really mushy and I dont like the way it feels. I am like 6'1 and about 200 lbs, and he ways about 150 so it's not bad for him. His shock is a set 80mm travel. I was looking at an Elite from the Axel or Black series......anybody using these?

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    at that height and weight range you may want to consider a marzocchi Fox forx.....they will be stiffer and that's good.

    as for the softness of the fork.....it's all in the set up. that fork was set up for the lightweight....

    anyway, consider a nice stiff fork and make sure to purchase a set of heavy or firm springs at the time of purchase....if not...you'll be riding around on a soft fork.

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