- How slack is too slack…
Managed to ‘borrow’ a 140mm yari to try on my fuse, it is 20mm more travel than the Reba that came on the bike but a2c is about 25mm longer meaning it now sitting at a seriously slack 65.5° HA.
Which is slacker than my previous bike which was a 150 travel 650b FS.
Can’t ride it yet to find out as I don’t have enough headset spacers to take up the excess steerer (might have to give it back so can’t cut it)Posted 3 years agoRorschachMember
chiefgrooveguru got to 64.3 on his Bird zero.Posted 3 years ago
I’m contemplating putting a -2 on my Scout which would take it to 63ish (with 150 fork).
Bare in mind with a hard tail that the ‘static’ head angle is a good bit steeper than when your ass is sat on it and the fork sags (but not the rear…unless you are REALY fat).Adam_BucklandMember
That sounds about right, I think it’s now the same as a Whyte 909 and they ride amazingly well – though you have plus sized so a little more circumference effectively slackening the head angle further. I reckon you’ve probably turned a decent bike into a great trail bike.Posted 3 years agoconvertSubscriber
Shoving a bigger fork on a frame than intended might not be a bad thing for the HA and what that does to the bike handling/feel. But as said previously it also raises the bottom bracket AND changes the seat angle. It’s the later two that I would be focussed on not the HA as they can both add a significant degradation of the bike’s performance . Slack seat angles especially are not nice.Posted 3 years agoduirMember
It’s the sum of all the geometry that really counts, just changing one angle can make a decent bike feel rubbish. The Geometron is not a good comparison with a hardtail but the reason it works so well with seemingly extreme geometry is all the angles have been adjusted and it’s not just longer and slacker. My Orange P7 is supposed to be long and slack and is a lovely hardtail but does not climb anywhere near as well as my Geometron because they failed to steepen the seat angle or lengthen the chainstay so you just feel stretched out rather than in the bike.
I would say to slacken a hardtail an angle set would be better as you will keep the bottom bracket height. That would however shorten the reach slightly so you may need a longer stem which will in turn slow up the steering.
So you see it’s hard to just change one angle without adversely affecting everything else.Posted 3 years agodeviantMember
I ride my Trance SX with a standard 66 degree HA but with a HT for general trail duties I’m considering making the Trance very single minded with one of those -2 degrees Superstar headsets….hmm, 64 degrees you say….with the 155mm back end from the 200×57 shock instead of the standard 200×51 it came with it’d be a beast!Posted 3 years agojuliansSubscriber
I’m about to try a -2 deg superstar headset (they were/are selling at 15% off) in my orbea rallon which according to the geo charts has a headset of 65.5 deg in the lowest setting, which would take it to 63.5 deg. However I expect I will also move the shock into the high setting , giving approx 64 deg head angle.
I’m not sure it will be all good but willing to give it a go. When I reduced the head angle on my Mojo HD by 1.5 deg, it made the down hill handling better, but you really had to make sure you had your weight over the front or it would wash out.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve ridden a geometron and had a quick ride on someone’s pole (wahey) so know what super slack bikes are like bit obviously they are very different beasts to my short travel hard tail, will give it a go tomorrow.
If I like it I would probably change the rear tyre for a smaller one to drop the bb a bit to counteract the longer fork.Posted 3 years agogonzyMember
OP i assume that the head angle measured is while off the bike. depending on how much air pressure and sag you run, once you’re on the bike the head angle should steepen…even if its by half a degree
you will end up with a slightly higher bottom bracket but nothing that will adversely affect the bike
as for the seat angle…this will depend on the original angle and the top tube length..if it was already slack then this will slacken more but if the top tube was on the short side then it will feel more stretched…which may be a good thing
i’ve fun a 150mm fork on a 130mm travel HT frame…the front end was very slack and the seat angle meant that the saddle was more over the rear wheel which was great for grip and climbing…the slack front made descending a hoot tooPosted 3 years ago
the angles on your bike dont look as extreme so you should be finethepodgeMember
wiggles – If I like it I would probably change the rear tyre for a smaller one to drop the bb a bit to counteract the longer fork.
I cant see that making enough difference to be worthwhile. With a slack hardtail you’ll be hitting stuff harder so a large volume tyre on the rear would make more sense.Posted 3 years agochestercopperpotMember
IME 65.5 seems to be as slack as you need for a balanced bike you still want to pedal up! Obviously it will need a steep seat tube 73-75 to go with it.
It does depend on the frame. In general terms if it already has a high BB and you jack it up further with a longer travel fork it will start to feel tall and unwieldy in tight switchbacks. If it has a slack seat tube about 72-71 degrees, you effectively tilt it further backward resulting in floppy steering and front wheel lift on seated climbs (if you stand and mash you won’t notice it) as you will be near enough sat over the back axle.
Depends how compromised it feels to you. Some people run massive forks in frames not designed for it and love it, compromises and all. 10-20 mm more on a modern progressive geometry frame often doesn’t make a massive noticeable difference.Posted 3 years ago
Tested it out todsy, just a quick spin at cwmcarn but it appears to have improved the bike enormously. Climbing wasn’t any worse, not lifting the front like I have had on other long forked hardtails, if anything I prefer the slightly higher front end.
Descending was way better, so much more stable and I was hitting rougher lines rather than avoiding them. Obviously ive gone form a 32 to 35mm fork so some of the effects are more down to stiffness in the fork than angles, but very pleased so far. Might have to permanently borrow them…Posted 3 years agodeanfbmMember
As soon has your weight is on the bike and the forks sag, you won’t be a 65.5*, it’ll steepen by atleast a degree to two on flat ground, even more on anything pointing downward.
Comparing to a full sus, apples and oranges, especially like myself running more sag on the rear than the front.Posted 3 years ago
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