He's picked the wrong frame then. I love those Decades, beautiful frames, but a hardcore bike it is not. It's a lightweight trail/XC frame. 140mm Pikes will ruin it, it'll handle like a barge. The Recons look too long for it already.....
That wants a Reba, not a Pike.
130mm revs or rebas needed, i'd give the headtube 3 months of hard use with a pike
Looks nice, but I agree with the suggestion of Reba's or U-turn Rev's over the Pikes.
It does look pretty 'laid back' with that recon on.
120mm maxle reba is what he needs
Nobody noticed my use of the word "adjustable" in my original post then? Obviously not... Anyway, yes the Recon at 130mm is possibly a bit long as it is, he's thinking something with around 115-120mm would be ideal... A Coil sprung (or indeed air sprung) Pike will be much easier/cheaper to find 2nd hand and is adjustable down to as little as 95mm of travel, and anywhere inbetween. Should a 20mm axled Reba with 120mm of travel become available at a good price I'm sure he'd be tempted though. Revelations with a 20mm bolt through (again adjustable travel) would also be nice if cheap enough... "Cheap" is the operative word though, whole bike has been built on a very tight budget (everything was 2nd hand barring the headset, the front wheel and the rear rim/spokes).
Regarding the head tube comment, doubtful anything would/will happen on that front. This is a 5lb steel frame, made by DMR, using a fork within its rated travel limits, that has quite a bit of gusseting on the headtube/downtube join. It's pretty solid alright! Doubt that at 12 stone and wheels mainly on the ground he's gonna do it much harm.
Oh and @ PP... You run a 140mm travel fork on a regular Inbred... Surely that makes it pretty slack considering its meant for a 100mm fork? Also, even with a 130mm fork on this Decade currently, it's still about 2 degrees or so steeper than a 456 Summer Season with similar travel, plenty of people rave about their Summer Seasons... Personally it's a bit slack for me yeah, but he seems to prefer his bikes that way...
why the chainstay protector??
Previous owner was silly enough to be running gears yet didn't put one on. Chainstay is a mess of chipped paint at the moment, so until that gets sorted he wanted to hide it.