There are two things about the SunTour fork on my bike (2011 TALON 29ER 1) I don’t like. I would think that most people would think these issues are minor, and they probably are, I just don’t like them. One of things I don’t like is the slight bit of play in the fork. The slight bit of movement in the fork I’m talking about is when you straddle the bike and you lock the front brakes and slightly moving it forward and back there’s some play, it feels like the headset is loose but I know it’s not. The research that I have done mentions this is common in mid to low grade coil spring forks. The second, when going over little bumps there’s a very subtle rattling sound, when putting more force on the front forks there is no sound, I would think it to be the opposite.
Knowing what I dislike, I would like to put a different suspension fork on my bike (not SunTour). Can this be done without replacing any other components on my bike, such is front wheel, Hub, brakes, Etc? Just want a bolt on replacement and I’m going to have a local bike shop do the labor.
What is a good fork? I don’t need anything high-end, something mid-level. Can I get a decent fork for under $500? The specs on my biker below.
I’ve had a Rock Shox SID for years and it has been perfect. It was expensive but it is awesome. Bike sat for years and didn’t have to add any air and works as designed. I’ll probably blow a fork seal since I bragged on it. Spend the money on a good fork and you’ll be happy long time. 😄 Later,