Trying to decide what forks to get for my new hardtail (Santa Cruz Highball Alu). Looking for a do-it-all, all round bike, from XC pootling about, some trail center, to allday riding, bikepacking, Alps, and rougher steeper stuff. I am a fairly cautious rider, but have my moments.
The frame can take 100 or 120mm. 100 seems recommended for XC, 120mm for more trail type stuff.
How much would a 120mm fork compromise general climbing and JRA? The 120mm fork I am looking at has a partial lockout that drops it to 90mm, so I am thinking I can have my cake and eat it. Any downsides?