Just bought a second hand Soul frame, intending to build it up. I don't have any other components to go with it, so pretty much a clean sheet in terms of component choices. I'm trying to do it on a bit of a budget, but don't mind spending on parts where it's worth it.
I've only ever ridden with rigid forks before (Rock Lobster 853), so I think it'd be worth building the Soul with a suspension fork for something a bit different. I've read that this frame's geometry works best with a 120mm fork? Is that the best length to aim for? Most of the forks available (towards the budget end at least) seem to be 100mm. Is this too short, will it affect the geometry negatively, or would it be a compromise worth making?
It seems like some of the Rockshox forks from a couple of years ago are travel adjustable (by spacers), up to 120/130mm. Or I've seen brand new Reba RL 100mm 2014 forks for £259. The new ones seem to be 200g lighter (on paper), but I don't think they are easily adjustable up to 120mm like the older ones are?
Are second hand forks likely to be worn out, or do they last well these days? I don't really want to fall into the trap of buying a cheaper set of used forks, and then spending the difference on service parts!
As for groupset, how much difference is there between SLX and XT these days? Is XT worth the extra investment?
My other bike (the Rock Lobster), is still wearing all it's original kit (1999 9 speed LX/XT mix), gears being XT, cranks, brakes and hubs LX. I suppose I could start swapping drivetrain parts over - thinking of putting new 10 speed XT gears onto the RL and shifting the old 9 speed stuff onto the Soul.