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Advice for new XC forks

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By Derek91 - Posted on 16 July 2014

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.


I am new to the site, new to Perth in fact and have just decided to get back into some mountain biking after being out of it for a year or so. I have just put a Giant Talon 4 on lay away. Unfortunately these only come with some Santour XCT forks and I am hoping to get myself some new ones to put on when I pick up my bike in the next few weeks!

I am looking at doing XC biking more than anything, a few smaller jumps/ drops but nothing serious, not really wanting to race just enjoy spending my weekends out on the trails. I've been looking around online for different forks and there are only a few options in my budget for my wheel size. So I though I'd ask a few locals on some advice on what forks would be suitable given my budget, bike and the WA trails (of which I haven't been on any yet), and which forks are any good!

As I mentioned above, I am getting the Giant Talon, it has a wheel size of 27.5. Current travel on the forks is 100mm I would prefer to stay around this or maybe 120mm if it isn't likely to affect the geometry of the bike too much.

I am 6ft, 85-90kg and as I said am looking at mainly XC riding with some small jumps etc - I prefer speed over big air.

My budget is preferably around the 2$200-300 mark but I understand this isn't much for some decent forks, if I found something a little more I could save a little longer for something which is likely to be considerably better.

I have found some Rock Shox XC 30's for around $200 on Chain Reaction Cycles who also have some options in the $300 range. Sorry for the long post - just putting all the info I can think would be useful!

Any help/ advice would be great, like I said I've been out of it a while and at this stage would be a bit more of an newbie. I don't mind a set which requires a bit more basic maintenance - I'll just have to get learning how to do it pretty quick!

Thanks in advance for your help!

MrMez's picture

TBO, probably better to ride the bike at least until the forks need a service before blindly 'upgrading', especially since you don't know how the bike will perform for your liking.
A Talon 4 should only cost ~$600, so spending 50% of the purchase price on forks alone is a bit of overkill.

A better upgrade would be some good pedals/shoes and a new RD if you find shifting less than satisfactory, or start dropping chains.

LikeAGlove's picture

Thrash the talon till you can afford to buy a better bike with a better fork.

I can't see any real point in trying to make this bike anything more than what it is: An entry level bike.

datafunk's picture

I ride a sub 1K bike and when I researched a year ago, pre-purchase, all decent bike merchants said the same: it's going to cost heaps more to upgrade then buy a better bike. Buy the best you can afford now and when rode that to bits, buy a better bike. May sound a bit rough, but I found it to be a great advice after all.

Jonathan's picture

Rather put $100.00 into a nice tubeless set up with some good ust tires around the 2.3 make. Go wide and run em baggy and you will get a lot more grip and have a much smoother ride. Much more noticeable difference compared to any entry level fork you will change over to.


Derek91's picture

Thanks everyone for the advice, I guess I was trying to get away without having to upgrade once I move on from the entry level gear... Guess there's no escaping that! I'll stick with what I've got and see how that goes for now then. Thanks again guys - exited to be getting back out there again

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