Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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I'm looking at replacing my knackered 2006 Reba Race fork. I can find the 2013 Reba RLT and SID RL for $478 from Merlin cycles, a 2014 Reba RL from CRC $483, all in black. CRC also have a big discount on the Manitou Marvel Pro for $378 in white, all of these forks are 1/8 steerer, 100mm with 9mm QR. The Marvel could be a big saving if its any good, very few reviews around, but I'm not sure of the white fork with black frame see pick of current bike.
You could always buy a couple of rattlecans and some masking tape...
Been a while since I've run a Manitou fork but was always impressed by the smooth action, excellent damping and easy maintenance back then.
How important is a lockout to you? That would be the big differentiator to me.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Mmm, black bike, black fork IMO.
Look into the X-Fusion forks too, they seem to get good reviews and were keenly priced last time I looked at them (some time back now). I'm also very happy with my Suntour Epicon; upper end Suntours don't deserve the bad mouthing their low end brethren get.
Taking the forks apart isn't that hard! But, yes, friends of mine have repainted their fork lowers using spray paint without any hassles.
Th X-Fusion forks seem to be only available on Wiggle and either tapered or 29er, so they are out. Don't think I'd want to paint them, would look a bit dodgy, I have had othe people say I should go for black only, I'll see what other responses I get regarding the black frame white fork thing. There are quite a few people on the net who like the black frame white fork look, I'm thinking about it.
That would be alright. I suppose you're wedded to that Thompson post? Thompson owners tend to be IME. If not a white seat post and/or saddle would give more balance I'd reckon.
Not black, but this is how I did the white highlight thing (as it was the moment I finished putting it together). The white saddle is not as hard to keep clean as some would have you believe - it has a genuine leather cover. That cheap original seatpost has been replaced with a Ritchey Comp one in white - damn good post; inexpensive, ovalised inside, excellent clamp.
Any idea how it compares to a Reba? The RRP of the Manitou Marvel is higher than the Reba, hopefully that means something. Any issues with the fork?
Sorry, no experience with Reba. Fox, X-Fusion and Manitou I know.
Only issue with the Marvels is that they arrived in a very oily box. I thought it was going to be a fault with the seals but the oil levels were fine and they work very nicely. The ABS lockout system is especially nice.
With a hardtail, I'd commend a bar-mounted lockout to you if you can get it. The Rockshox hydraulic one is the gold standard, but the cable-operated one I used on that Spot Rocker singlespeed with the SID forks was really good too. Pity the forks were so flexy...
Looking at a lot of black frame white fork bikes on the net, I'm thinking they look better than ones with black forks. I currently have a remote lock out, but don't use it all that much. I always found the Reba to be adequate but not spectacular. I vagually remember my old Marzhocci Z1 and Z2's being a smoother ride.
Love the old Marzocchi Bombers. Best forks ever IMO. Still running first generation bomber 29er forks on my SS. Smooth as. I have done the seals and oil once in all these years of ownership.
I wish Marzocchi would re-release the bomber. One coil sprung and another air sprung. Non of that silly lockout stuff either. Never used it on any other fork thats had it and its just weight I done need. You get use to the bob after a few minutes on the dirt.
There you go I've pulled the trigger, a set of white 2012 Manitou Marvel Pro's heading my way, $347 from CRC, they have a special on at the moment, $30 off if you spend around $250+. These forks were originally $850.
Mine are breaking in nicely. I don't think you will be disappointed as long as you know that the Marvels are not rock hopper type shockies. I put them on my utility/xc machine. 100mm of travel is just perfect.
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