- Changing the travel on 09 Reba Race
I'd be interested in hearing peoples experiences with this. Opinions vary greatly
Basically, with the all travel on the 09 forks:
1 spacer = 100mm travel
2 spacers = 80mm travel
Now, the RS site lists the all travel options as 80mm/100mm/120mm and there are a lot of OEM 120mm Rebas out there on 09 bikes.
Merlin claim the forks they sell can't be extended to 120mm.
TF Tuned say they can.
Fisher said they didn't sell any 120mm Rebas other than the Maxle lite version. They acknowledged the existence of OEM 120mm forks but they didn't have anything to do with them so couldn't comment but did say the 120mm travel was acheived by "foregoing the all travel mechanism completely"
To me it seems logical that no spacers = 120mm travel however there are rumours of certain 09 forks having shorter stanchions meaning you can't remove the spacers completely.
I'm crying out for a set of 120mm forks and there are so many good deals on 09 Rebas at the moment but I'm wary of buying a 100mm model and finding I'm stuck with it at that travel!Posted 8 years ago
I hope this isn't true
PP YGM, Thanks
If you call them and ask to speak to the mechanic he'll tell you they can't go to 120mm.
There are other places selling the Rebas at the same price as Merlin. I'd imagine the amount of OEM stuff Merlin sells may be why they're saying they can't go to 120mm whereas a definite factory spec fork should technically be ok!Posted 8 years ago
Maybe not. To confuse matters further, some people claim to have bought the fork from Merlin and increased the travel to 120mm.
Page 48 on the manual shows the All Travel mechanism and where the spacers go
And to back it all up the RS site clearly shows the 120mm as an optionPosted 8 years agoGrimyMember
Ive got the Reba Race 09's bought from merlin in January as part of custom Malt One bike Pictured below. Came as 100mm, but I removed 20mm all travel spacer soon after. Forks now +120mm as Pictured below for evidance for any non belivers. Hope this helps rather than confuses further.
Where did the information about the forks being limited to 100mm come from? and has anybody actually got a pair of these limited travel forks? If not I'd discard the rumour as a misunderstanding or bad advice untill somebody comes up with a set.
Posted 8 years ago
Jolly Green GiantMember
I have a pair of 06 Reba SLs which I have just, today extended to 100mm.They were OEM from a Giant XTC and originally set at 85mm.
I too was told that OEM forks were often,fixed travel,but on disassembly I was glad to see,2 x 15mm spacers in there.
I have reassembled to air spring,and am now just waiting now for a new shaft bolt so I can reassemble the lowers.
This was the first time I had disassembled the forks,but a few good reads of the RS Reba service manual and watching the tech videos,have made it fairly easy to follow so far.
Was a bit of a fiddle to remove the snap ring on the air spring but managed OK.
😀Posted 8 years agoOgglesMember
Bump! I have just changed the travel on my Reba to 120mm. Same as Grimy, I've got 125mm of stanchion showing. So it definitely can be done!
But they only seem to rebound to 114mm.
So what pressures are recommended, higher or lower? I used to run 130psi in each chamber and they are currently sat at 120. What about oil, will it need more/less in the rebound damper?Posted 8 years ago
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