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Top MTB air suspension forks for about $250 in 2021.


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2021 best suspension forks, as a budget Mountain Bike upgrade.

In no particular order, top forks, that will make your MTB ride faster and more enjoyable.

1. Manitou Markhor:

  • might be the best in terms of low weight: 1843g (26") 1826/1878g (27.5") 1870/1910g (27.5+/29"),

  • pretty good stiffness as for the 30 mm stanchions (I used the fork in MTB marathons),

 

  • adjustments: TS air spring hardness, TPC Rebound Damping, Kwik Toggle Compression Damping lockout,
  • 100 mm or 120 mm of travel,
  • for 26", 27.5", 27.5+/29" wheels, 1 1/8 or tapered steerer,
  • I had to set 0% SAG on it, because it's very linear and goes quickly deep into travel,
  • some riders complain about a little play on the stanchions out of the box.

Find best deals for Markhor: eBay, Amazon, CRC.

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2. RockShox Judy Silver TK:

  • much heavier, than Markhor - 2400 g with the lockout lever, 29" boost,

  • steel, 30 mm upper legs,

 

  • adjustments: Solo Air spring hardness, rebound, TurnKey lockout,
  • 80, 100 and 120 mm travel option,
  • it comes with a steel coil also,
  • 26, 27.5, 29" wheels, steerer 1 1/8 or tapered,
  • new design, inspired by Pike model,
  • feels a little spongy, but it's solid.

Find best deals for Judy Silver: eBay, Amazon, CRC.

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3. SR Suntour Raidon XC-LO-R:

  • weight - 2025 g for 29" wheel,
  • you can buy it even for $200 on eBay or Amazon,
  • alloy crown and upper legs 32 mm, lowers from magnesium,
  • steerer 1 1/8" or tapered,
  • adjustments - air spring, rebound, hydraulic lockout,
  • 27.5" or 29" wheel option,
  • 80 mm and 100 mm travel option,
  • preorder of a new model on SR Suntour US site (February 2021).

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4. SR Suntour Epixon - 9:

  • weight from 1830 g,
  • price above $300 on eBay,
  • alloy crown and upper legs 32 mm, lowers from magnesium,
  • steerer 1-1/8"(TS), Alloy / 1.5" to 1-1/8" Tapered (CTS) Alloy,
  • adjustments - air spring, rebound, hydraulic lockout,
  • 27.5" or 29" wheel option,
  • 100 mm and 120 mm travel option.

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5. RockShox Recon Silver RL:

  • weight - 2060 g 29", or 2150 g with a thru axle and lockout lever,

  • you can buy it for $249 here,

 

  • steel 32 mm stanchions,
  • adjustments - air spring pressure, rebound, compression to lock,
  • Motion Control™ damping featuring Low Speed Compression adjustment to lockout,
  • Solo Air spring,
  • the 15x110 mm version fit even 2.8" tires, without fenders,
  • 27.5" and 29",
  • tons of travel options - 100, 120, 130, 140 up to 150 mm.

 

 

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