Aggressive Cross Country Forks

03 October, 2010

Recent trend in mountainbike cross country now is going for aggressive trail. There are no more simple and easy offroad ride with straight uphill or downhill. Nibong Tebal Jamboree is a good example of aggressive cross country ride. A heavy long travel trail forks might not be suitable for this kind of ride because the harsh ride only constitutes about 20% of the trail. Riders require an all rounder forks that can do all the job perfectly. The forks must be light and aggressive enough to withstand the harsh bumpy ride and can climb steadily the steep uphill.

The following are the forks that have been tested and used by Gerekbaru Team in lots of race and jamboree in Malaysia and weekly ride in the aggressive trail of Jitra.

1)Fox 32 F100 RLC FIT air spring
The most preferred forks for cross country in Malaysia. For cross country all rounder, always choose travel 100mm (travel refers to the maximum movement of cylinder compression of forks of which high travel of says 160mm used for trail/downhill ride). For Fox shock, always look for RLC FIT type because( don't be confused with the type because there are so many different FOX SHOX model in the markets) you are paying extra money for no reason for RL type without FIT damper of which the performance is about the same or less than Manitou R7 which cost less. Fox also has service centre in Malaysia. The price in Kedah/Perlis is around RM1900++ and weight around 1500Grams++.

2)Manitou R7 Absolute air spring
Light weight, stiff yet smooth and affordable cross country forks in market. Tested and proven in harsh environment. Price in Kedah/Perlis around RM1100++ and weight around 1500g.

3)SR Suntour EPICON SF-11 air spring
The most affordable air spring forks with comparable performance in market. Done its job with satisfaction on par with high priced model. Priced around RM550++ in Kedah/Perlis and weight around 1700g+-.



zamTS5 said...

nice review

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