Trying to sort the lengths.
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Posted on: November 29, 2010
I’d go for a 120mm fork personally. The ramp up on a 120mm will make the fork feel more like a 100mm + a bit more. I run a Fox F120 on my hardtail thats designed for a 100mm fork. I kept feeling like I was blowing through the travel on 100mm but 120mm feels great and although 20mm isn’t much the slightly slacker front end is great.
Gotta be worth trying an Fox F100 if the rear shock is Fox? I think you may be running into the problem I always have on FS bikes, in that I feel the rear end is way more effective than a fork of a similar travel. My Hemlock with 140/120 feels more balanced than when I’ve tried it, or indeed most other, equal travel bikes.
why don’t you try the forks off ed’s tranny, as the pivot is more of an all day bike- and from your review recently of 100mm forks, st suggested the corsa?- would suit a more enduro/trail bike more than just an xc 100mm from fox, rockshox etc- as it’s plusher in it’s travel, and keeps your bike with 100mm front and rear.
Drop the travel down to 100mm in a Fox 32 Vanilla.
I’d definitely give the 120 a try…the DW bikes sit up more in their rear travel most of the time so adding 15mm (after sag) probably won’t make the bike feel too slow or slack at the front. and maybe run the 120mm with a bit more sag than you would a pure xc fork. this option worked on the dw link flux i had and i had no issues xc-racing it.
My Nicolai CC feels way better with 130mm up front and setting the rear travel to 116mm as opposed to the full 129mm.
Maybe a 120mm fork may be the way forwards
As mentioned on a recent thread, On my hardtail (Crush) I run basic Float R’s with 40% sag, which has the fork tracking the ground very well indeed. It never feels as though its ramping up sharply, it uses full travel, but never feels as though its bottoming out or diving too much. It always feels well damped and controlled. In fact, it feels very much like a decent coil fork.
I’ve fannyed around a lot with them to get them feeling right, and found that any less than say 35% sag and I’m not getting full travel.
Having ridden Rockshox (totems) and Marzocchi (55′s)recently, it seems as though the manufacturers have got it in their heads we all want “bottomless” travel. In my experience, the end result is that a lot of air forks and shocks seem to ramp up quite suddenly. What this equates to on the trail is forks that don’t use their travel very efficiently. All in my opinion, of course.
i’m the same with stems – i used to ride 90mm stems on all types of bike
now 70mm feels xc long and i started using 50mm ones now
Marzochhi Corsa would be ace on this bike
It’s at the office.
UPDATE: A suitable fork has been found. And the bike has been weighed.
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