How much suspension travel, and why?
Depends on what’s on offer. Seems like most forks these days for general riding are around the 140mm mark. 100mm forks are very race orientated. In reality it’s dictated by what’s available as much as what you want.
If you can find 120mm then it would be fine. My ideal hardtail would be 120mm.Posted 6 years agoAndrewBFMember
OK, really naive question…
But what dictates the travel that you should select for your front forks?
80-140 seems to be the range for regular XC with the larger stuff for the DH class. I can appreciate that, as you want more travel to absorb the impacts of a fast DH ride.
But for XC, why would you choose say 100 over 120 (or vice versa)? Is it to do with weight, recoil speed, cost, bike geo?
Until now the forks I’ve used are the ones that have been supplied when the bike was bought – or I’ve replaced like with like on the basis that the manufacturers must have a pretty good idea of what goes well with what for the target market.
I expect terrain is as important as anything. Looking for something to be used in the Peaks for XC work, would 120 be quite adequate?Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
It’s not just about travel… Like, my Hemlock is 160 up front, 120 in the back, long slack and low and on paper should be ponderous in tight singletrack and no fun on simple stuff, but unexpectedly it turned out to be a total blast on things like that. You can’t sum up the character of a bike by looking at its forks, unless you work for MBR of course.Posted 6 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
I have an F120 on my HT that originally came from my FS, you only 100mm out of it though. With 30% static sag, it blows through the travel easily when belting into anything rough. But the overall handling is just nice for most local trails.
I had a Tora 130 coil on my FS, and I only blew all the travel once when nose bonking a drop, but it did go all the way.
I now have a Sektor 150mm on my FS, with the static sag at 30% I go to ~120mm fairly often, which makes me think I should knock it back a bit with the internal spacers and get the benefits of a lower BB and sharper steering.Posted 6 years ago
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