Anyone converted a 456 to 69er?

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  • Anyone converted a 456 to 69er?
  • Premier Icon d4ddydo666
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    Has it been done? Any reasons not to do it? I’m guessing it’d want 120-130 forks. Currently using 150 Revs and have occasionally wondered if 140 would suit it/riding I do (Gisburn/Hebden) better.

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Think Brant knocked one up and sent it to Dirt for a hardtail feature they were doing, was a few years ago and I can’t remember the details.

    nimo
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    it was in the hardtail test at dirt with ( i think ) a Reba on the front. Dirt said it was the fastest hardtail in the test and they loved it from what i remember

    Premier Icon CheesybeanZ
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    MrsbeanZ ran hers with 100mm and it wasn’t great on some climbs felt slow and couldn’t always keep the front down on techy steep stuff, it’s a 14″ frame so that may have been part of the problem .

    If you can look at one with more offset like the G2 Geometry, (pretty sure theirs is 51mm)

    A 100-120mm fork with a 29er front wheel would be better.

    sv
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    The Dirt one I saw was rigid forked, 440mm A2C will take a 29er wheel. Thinking this might be the way forward for my winter riding although I will be using the pipedream fork (450 a2c).

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    I was thinking about this, having previously turned my Inbred into a rigid 69er and liked it. However, I abandoned the idea after some back of a fag packet maths seemed to show that even with a 100mm fork it would be as tall or taller than with a 150 fork and a 26″ wheel. I like my 456 with a 130 fork.

    Make sure you report back if you do try it.

    Premier Icon djflexure
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    I’m just going down the same road with my Tranny. Got on one monocoque fork coming which is 450, just need a wheel now to be up and running.

    trail_rat
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    now there is a plan.

    i have 2 pairs of reasonable crap 150mm forks and a pair of rebas + 29er wheel lying around the garage.

    my 456 needs a new fork and both the 150s dont do it justice.

    Premier Icon mattjg
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    No but a riding buddy has put 650b on both ends of his C456 (rigid forks), it goes like a rocket and I think looks better, more proportional, than 26, on that frame. There’s masses of rear end clearance.

    Bernaard
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    I ran an inbred as a rigid 69er and couldn’t get on with it, but I run my Evil Sovereign as a rigid 69er and that feels great
    Weird

    brant
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    I am LOVING my fat front on my lurcher. It’s a hoot. We are trying to get up to speed with forks and wheels to let us sell this as an option.

    soma_rich
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    I did a couple of years ago and really liked it.

    Premier Icon d4ddydo666
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    Brant – does that make it a 96er?! While you’re here do you fancy sneaking us some details on the 29er fullsussers you have up your sleeve?

    Cheezybeanz – what travel have you got there? It’s a 16 frame innit? Same as mine. The front is slightly elevated too, isn’t it?? Felt like I was falling off my chair staring too hard at that! …ah, this be Mrs Beanz?

    Might try it rigid next winter, could be fun.

    Premier Icon CheesybeanZ
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    It’s a 14″ frame with100mm manitou’s with a set of riser bars , she couldn’t get on with flat bars which would of helped keep the front down on climbs .

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