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Rock Shox XC 30 TK bike polo fork was not intended for bike polo. It is a low to mid range cross country mtb suspension fork. This 26er fork was gifted by 1990 world champion downhill racer Greg Herbold to Purango Dolo as a test fork for competition play, has 100mm of travel, steel stantion tubes and a steel steerer. With lock out, rebound and compression settings, it is the top of the line polo breed. The fork weighs in at 4.5lbs with the 7 inch steerer tube. 555 miles of polo and commuting to polo were amassed on this fork from 9/11-12/12.
The quick and dirty review;
The Durango polo debate of late is which is better, the 26inch for or the 29inch fork on the traditional 26inch frame. Most run a 29 rigid for on the 26 frame for the rake and the up right position. So the 26 suspension fork is the odd duck. The Rock Shox XC 30 TK worked great. The lockout was used primarily and it made for predictable play. The seals did fail around 400 miles, but it only left a small dead space, 10mm at most of travel, before the pop off valve activated. Using the sus fork was good and bad. On bumpy fields it was nice to have the give in the corners and under heavy forward front braking. On smooth hard fields, it was not much of an advantage as lockout stayed true and kept things rigid. It would have been nice to run the higher end Rock Shox fork to be able to use the adjustable pop off lockout valve.
- Solid steel steerer and stantions made for a solid suspension front end.
- Lockout worked great for flat smooth fields
- Adjustable rebound and compression
- Disc Brake compatible
- low maintenance
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