Ok I'm putting this out to the forumites for some advice & food for thought. I'm building up a new hardtail that will replace my '04 f/s frame. I have an '04 Rockchox Duke XC fork that will fit the new frame (but just barely). However, the fork is closing in on 10 yrs old. Doesn't leak air or oil and hase been a solid performer.
However, we all know how much shinny new parts look on a new frame right? Well my conundrum is this - rebuild the Duke w/ new seals, bushings, oil and repaint (it's dinged and chipped) and reuse it OR package it with the f/s frame and sell those two and put the proceeds towards a new Reba RL or Recon Gold R.
It's not so much about saving that much money as I'm swapping some of the newest components over to the new mtb and upgrading the drive train. I think it's more about the issues of a 10yr old fork w/ 80mm of travel vs. a new fork w/ 100mm of travel.
I'm thinking that I can probably sell the old f/s frame and fork as a bundle more easily than separately.
Thoughts? Anyone have experience with the Reba vs the Recon as far as ride quality, durability and stiffness?