fork for cotic soul
I’ve gone from uturn coil pikes (descended like a steamroller) to some 2010 120mm reba black box (excellent – but being fixed travel I think limited the Souls ability) and now running some Talas 140 RLC FIT.
I agree that the soul needs adjustable travel, feels pretty dead to ride everywhere at 140mm but great when on really steep stuff… 120mm is the sweetspot.Posted 6 years ago
Rebas or Revs… hmm… any benefit to the Rebas? They weigh about the same, cost about the same, and you can spacer the Revs down to 120. I’m tempted to go Revs for mine when I finally get around to ordering it.
Edit: I guess you can reduce the Reba’s to 100 or 80 but don’t think I’d want to go that low.Posted 6 years ago
Don’t really care for adjustable travel much, find I never actually use it when riding (the only time I’ve used it on my lyriks is to get the bike to fit into a bike bag!) I’m tempted to go with the dual air Revs (not dual position) and run them at 120 or 130 by adding the spacers.Posted 6 years ago
mrblobby – Member
Don’t really care for adjustable travel much, find I never actually use it when riding
See, you might find different with the Soul. Most frames, when you shorten the fork it’s just to put it into “climbing mode” but the Soul (and some others) has a very different character with a short fork than a long one, and it works really well in either. So it’s more like unlocking a different side of the bike.Posted 6 years ago
Here are older threads on the same topic:
The general consensus seems to be 120mm is the sweet spot (except for the frame designer himself who likes 100mm).
If you’re looking at the current range of RockShox your choice seems to be the Reba which tops out at 120mm but can be wound down, or Revelation which starts at 120mm and can be wound up.
There must be many other options, I’m no expert on the fork market, but these are the names that keep coming up again and again.Posted 6 years agoepicsteveMember
Something around 80-100mm. Anything more then it becomes a bit of a barge on anything other than big, fast descents.
Nonsense. It rides ok at 80-100mm but, as others have said, 120mm is the best option for a fixed length fork. Mine has Coil Pikes currently but will probably be going back to a lighter build with 120mm Floats.Posted 6 years ago
TALAS isn’t such a good match as u-turn IMO, it’s really a long fork with a kneecapped short setting, rather than a fork that works properly at all different lengths. IMO of course 😉 TALAS is better if you want quick adjustment for climbing etc but if you actually want to use the fork at reduced lengths uturn is betterPosted 6 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
It’s absolutely glorious with a fairly stiff 140mm fork, short stem, straight seatpost (dropper ideally!) and saddle forward, as long as you ride it with sufficient grrr. But I find going uphill boring and love corners, drops, jumps and gnarly-ish descents. For long days, big distance and general XC you don’t need to cart more than 100mm around with you though.Posted 6 years agoMrGreedySubscriber
Another vote for U-turn or similar – I have 110-140mm Revs and they keep the handling sharp in forest singletrack but still allow me to indulge my hooligan tendancies (i.e. get me out of trouble when I bite off more than I can chew) when it gets steep and rocky. If I was buying now I’d probably go for Rebas as I think the newer Revs are a bit too long (120-150 IIRC?). I’d stick with a Maxle version if possible though, the difference in stiffness is genuinely noticeable.Posted 6 years agobrooessMember
+1 for the 110-140 Revs. Maxle is good for the tech stuff
110 for climbing
120 for singletrack and most kind of riding.
140 is ace for the steep and rocky stuff however
If you go for non-adjustable, something with 120mm and a maxle would be my recommendationPosted 6 years ago
Enjoy yr Soul – it really is as good as people say 🙂
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