- Fork advice needed
you should really try to match the rear travel…otherwise you may find a shorter travel fork will give you a steeper head angle than the bike was designed for which make handling somewhat odd…if this was the case then you would probably end up running more sag at the rear to counter this and to get the geometry right again, but this this would leave you with a rear shock that would bottom out too easily…all this would make a mess of the bike and set up would be very fiddly…Posted 4 years ago
i did this with my dh bike..where the fork had 170mm travel but the rear had 200mm…i got away with it because the fork had a long axle to crown length (marzocchi 66rc) and the rear of the bike had adjustable geometry and wheelbase length…but i doubt you’ll be able to get away with it like i did…
there are long travel forks that have adjustable travel and lockouts as others have mentioned so its not all doom and gloom…
Hi have bought a lapierre spicy 516 frame as it was a major bargain. But only ever having had a hard tail not really sure on travel for the forks I need. I believe the rear travel on a spicy is 160mm so do I need to match this on the front can I go 140/150 as I’d like lockout on the forks and seems like with a 160mm fork it’s rare to have that option.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers in advance
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