I recently received a brand-new ’07 Rock Shox SID Race. (Thanks again to all who were involved) This is the first new fork I’ve owned since I bought the Manitou 4 in ’95. The other forks, such as the Mach 5, SX and SID XC were all second hand. The new fork is installed and the warning labels have been removed, but I haven’t had a chance to ride it yet. The old fork it going to Eric for his cracked Trek 8700 frame, along with many other broken parts.
The new sub 3 lb. SID Race is currently set for 80 mm of travel. This raised the front of the bike a little, but I think it should still be okay. The old SID sagged about half of the travel (~1-1.5″), so any new fork would have changed the geometry. Until the last fork died (after five years of hard use), it worked very well and was very stiff considering the weight. The new SID should perform well, and hopefully take a lot of abuse.