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  • PeterPoddy
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    Your existing hub is not 15mm compatible. You’ll need to replace the hub or the whole wheel
    Genesis bikes will be 1 1/8 headtubes

    🙂

    simondbarnes
    Member

    Genesis bikes will be 1 1/8 headtubes

    My Genesis has a 44mm headtube

    mattrgee
    Member

    Hi all,

    I’m considering upgrading the 120mm Recon Silver K forks on my Genesis Core 30. I’m leaning towards some 120mm Rebas at the moment, but I’m open to suggestions.

    Anyway, the existing forks are quick release with Shimano m435 hubs. I’ve noticed an option for a 15mm axle when buying the forks, would this be compatible with my existing hub or can the hub be converted?

    Also, what steerer size would I need? 1-1/8″? The head tube definitely isn’t tapered.

    mattrgee
    Member

    Ok thanks. Is having a 15mm axle worth it i.e. would I regret not making the change now? Obviously this would require the wheel being rebuilt around a new hub, is that an expensive job?

    Cheers.

    elliott-20
    Member

    15mm is worth it over QR. 20mm is worth it over 15mm. Either way it’s a better solution.

    Ring around your LBS to see what they offer in terms of wheel building. It’s only as expensive as you make it. Wheel building using costs £25 – £30 plus parts per wheel.

    Junkyard
    Member

    Is having a 15mm axle worth it i.e. would I regret not making the change now?

    Some claim you notice the increased rigidity of a maxle over QR but I dont really notice this tbh- YMMV or it may be a wieght issue as i am only 10 st

    Obviously this would require the wheel being rebuilt around a new hub, is that an expensive job?

    Probably as easy to buy a new wheel and sell that one but Hub+ spokes [ may be able to reuse own] + build I would assume £50-100 ish

    mattrgee
    Member

    Ok thanks. If staying with QR, are these any good for the money?

    Fork 1

    Fork 2

    Ignore me, my suggestion has a 1.5 steerer

    Premier Icon jairaj
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    Those On One deals look good not too bad also have a look at Merlin cycles they always have deals on RS forks.

    The move to Rebas should be a very good one. The forks will be lighter and have much better damping and be better controlled.

    For the type of riding the Reba is likely to see (XC and Trail) I don’t think a 15mm axle is worth paying more for. It has a very little stiffness increase over standard QR. A tapered steerer has a much better advantage IMO but not sure if your frame is compatible and you’d need a new headset. Unless you are very heavy or ride aggressively, stick with QR would be my suggestion.

    personally i’d be trying to find something on classified’s that maybe has between 120 – 140mm travel with a bolt thru…

    i just don’t think a like for like swap is worth £300, I have Reba’s and they are okay, but i think you’ll probably end up underwhelmed by the difference…

    Manitou or XFusion are worth a look

    Premier Icon jairaj
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    The rebound circuit on the Reba is more refined than his current setup and also has the Motion Control damper for compression too.

    Some of the older Recons can weight 2kg+ so possible weight savings of 400-600g by going to the Reba and new ones can be found for around the £250.

    I was also having a look on CRC and they have some great offers on Manitou forks my friend has a set and really likes them. They felt quite nice on the short demo I had. Worth a look to see if there is anything that meets the OP’s requirements.

    mattrgee
    Member

    personally i’d be trying to find something on classified’s that maybe has between 120 – 140mm travel with a bolt thru…

    i just don’t think a like for like swap is worth £300, I have Reba’s and they are okay, but i think you’ll probably end up underwhelmed by the difference…

    Manitou or XFusion are worth a look

    I’m surprised, from what I read the Reba seemed highly respected and a good upgrade over a coil fork 😐

    mattrgee
    Member

    If the Reba isn’t a worthy upgrade to a coil Recon, what would be?

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