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Howard does speak truth, and my issues with RockShox forks are firmly planted in the interaction between my weight and riding preferences and issues getting enough low speed compression damping and mid-stroke support from the spring without them becoming very harsh in fast rough terrain. I believe off-the-top smoothness is significantly less important, and RockShox have always marketed themselves through that metric. Also I hate buzzwords.
I'm sure the new Yari will be very competent for most riding. The DebonAir (spit) spring is supposed to be a fairly big improvement over the older version. It also benefits from being basically a damper and seal swap away from a Lyrik RC2.
Dunno. I've never ridden a new RockShox fork I liked. Overdesigned dampers that give good car park feel but at speed they don't perform, ATMO.
Just avoid anything that says CTD on it
My inclination would be to hunt down a Fox 34 Rhythm or Performance, with the FIT Grip damper. It's a proper cartridge damper with good basic architecture (i.e. IFP, shims, no platform/lockout). It's OEM spec on plenty of bikes so you'll find new or barely used take-offs. If you need to change the travel it requires a new air shaft.
Air shaft (haven't checked it's an exact fit)
As far as I'm aware the lower end Manitou damping is fine, but I don't really know much about them. It's a completely different system from the MC2 damper in the bigger forks, and I'm not light enough to be less demanding of my shocks. Seems you missed the golden years of cheap Mattocs and Magnums unfortunately, and they're putting all efforts into the Mezzer now
Up in Naaaaarfolk
Good point, it is a harder core with stainless cladding. I'll check where the join is.
Well I can see it in the picture actually. So probably fine either way
They're a bit weird over there though
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