14" Scandal with 130 Fork?
I've got a Revelation Air U Turn Fork lying around and I was thinking of building my lady a 456 when they restocked with 14" frames. Now I see they have sliddy dropout SS/geared 14" Scandals in stock aswell and they are going to come out as a lot lighter build (easier for a lass to lift over gates and stiles etc).
Most of her riding is in the Lakes so a frame that easily carries a 130 fork would be useful. I've never had a proper off road ride on a Scandal. The one I did ride was much lighter than a steel 456 and seemed more lively and willing but I never had a chance to test it to see if it matched the general competence of a 456. It's owner praised it but I'm pretty sure he had a 100 or 110 fork on it.
Anyone ridden one with a 130 fork?
Does it push the front too far up in the air?
Will the 100mm setting on the Revelation still make climbing difficult? Would a fork that adjusts 80/110 to 120ish be a much better bet for a Scandal?
Should I just go with a 456 and pay for the lass to go to weight lifting training?
Thanks in anticipation for any informed input you can give me.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I ran my Scandal with a 130mm u-turn Revelation, tbh it didn't really work as well as I'd hoped… Partly it was because I really needed a medium, but I had a small (On One's sizing said I should fit, but with the fork at full length and 400mm of seatpost I ended up sat in a different postcode to the front wheel).
But at the end of the day, I just never felt it handled very well with the forks at full length- I'd only ever use it like that for descending. Doing a demo on a Soul really nailed this home, not a very fair comparison since the Soul costs 3 times as much but the second I did that demo ride my Scandal's days were finished, I couldn't stop comparing the two and I had the Scandal up for sale about a week later. The Soul works at both 100mm and 130mm and points inbetween, it handles well with either, the Scandal IMO doesn't.
YMMV of course!Posted 8 years ago
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