Slackening HT angle
You can slacken off the head angle by adding more fork extension, but at the same time you’ll also raise the bottom bracket height. I presume you want to slacken the HA in order to get more stability at speed? Raising the BB may well un-do the benefits of slackening the HA. What bike is it you have and what is it you really want to achieve?Posted 8 years agoCrellMember
Fit a spacer under the crown race on your fork. Magura sell them. Here’s a Ventana one. I’m sure there are others.
You might have to get the lip machined off though as it probably won’t be compatible with your headset – e.g. the Ventana fits King, and I’m not sure what the Magura is designed for. Or you could get a machine shop to make you one.Posted 8 years agostevehSubscriber
Ah i think most of us thought you wanted to slacken the head angle of your hardtail…
Which i did via some 36’s on my dialled PA. And the same on my marin attack trail. And some 40’s on my sunday. And actually that’s it but i do quite like slack bikes. Can you tell?Posted 8 years agoPeterPoddyMember
Slackening the head angle by fitting longer forks is a bit risky….Posted 8 years ago
You really need is a bike that’s BUILT with slackness, otherwise you stand a pretty good chance of ruining the handling.
I’ve fallen foul of this before and it can ruin a good bike, beleive me. Yet my Pitch looks slack, it is slack, yet it hadles superbly and climbs pretty decently too….james-oMember
it’s 20mm per degree – fit a 17mm – 20mm deep lower cup and on a bike you’re well used to you may notice a subtle difference from it slackening 1/4 or so degrees, i’ve done it to a few bikes as a matter of experimentation and left the deeper cup in one as it definately helped, minor mod / fine tune only though. this mod gives you a permanent slacker angle and not a variable one from 10mm extra fork length which is why it’s more noticable than fork extension.
ie 5mm of cup depth = 1/2 degree of static slackening from longer forkPosted 8 years agojamie@balfaMember
You could try a headset with a larger stack height & then add a ‘hop up’ crown race if required. This would slacken the head angle by a degree or so & lift the headtube as much as 10mm depending on your current headset.
Its also fair to say that the Fox fork isn’t the longest SC fork out there so that could be another option but definately not the cheapest.
JPosted 8 years agojamesMember
“it’s 20mm per degree”
Surely it depends on the bikes wheelbase mostly?
Also, head angle, fork length and so on
You could try (along with deeper headset cups or crown race) running a bigger tyre up front than at the rear
“fair to say that the Fox fork isn’t the longest SC fork”Posted 8 years ago
But also not the shortest? A magura Wotan is 5mm lower than a Fox 36 or RS Lyrik or Domain(160mm)WoodySubscriber
Larger front tyre and/or smaller rear would have the same or bigger effect as messing around with headset stack height. Wouldn’t have thought 1/2 deg would make a marked difference to the ride of a fuller susser though and just as easily achieved running more or less sag.Posted 8 years ago
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