- Solaris owners – talk to me about fork travel
“the bike will take 120mm but was designed more around 100mm.”Posted 3 years ago
Really i would have said more 120mm myself. I think most people run 120mm (q a flood 100mm riders)
Unless you happen to have a pair of 100mm forks already i would have thought 120mm would be the way to go.anklebiter101Member
Real world experience is required from the STW Hive Mind please.
I’m in the process of building a Solaris and I’m undecided on whether to go for 100mm or 120mm travel forks.
From what I can gleam from the Cotic website, the bike will take 120mm but was designed more around 100mm.
So I’m after opinions from people who have ridden the bike in either setup and the pros and cons. Obviously anyone that has ridden the bike in both set ups I would definitely like to hear your thoughts.
I’m swaying towards 100mm but don’t want to finish the bike and then wish I had more travel.
Any input to help me decide is greatly appreciated!Posted 3 years agogrievoustimMember
I have had 120mm x-fusions on mine since it was first built up earlier this year
It is great with 120mm forks – and suits the build I was going for as I wanted an all rounder bike I could race xc on, take to trail centres/ rockier places than my local riding on the south downs etc. The bike is perfect for its intended job
The only note of caution – 120mm forks meant a relatively high front end compared to my old Soul (which also had 120 mm forks) – I am running flat bars and a 0 degree, slammed stem to achieve a bar height that suits me
If I had a full suss as well as the cotic I would probably be trying 100mm forks on the Solaris and using it as more of a pure xc bikePosted 3 years agoanklebiter101Member
Thanks for the feedback so far chaps.Posted 3 years ago
I’m currently running a Soul with 120mm forks and I’m fairly keen to keep a similar position as possible.
I like to climb as much as descend so my main concern with 120mm is the height of the bars pushing my weight too far back.
I recently got a lap of Swinley on a friends 100mm travel Epic, and I didn’t ever feel like I needed more travel, but then Swinley isn’t the steepest or most technical trail in the world…AlexSubscriber
120mm revs on mine. Swapped from some 100mm Reba’s mainly because a) I had them spare and b) the Reba’s needed a service. Plan was to put them back on but I never did. No downsides to the longer fork I could feel. Same as ^^^, I run it with a 0 degree stem and flat bars.Posted 3 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
I went for 100mm X Fusions* on mine.
I wanted it to replace a Spesh Carve that had a 100mm forks so knew I didn’t really need more travel for the riding/terrain I do. Plus I have a fs too but if I didnt then I’d have more than likely gone 120mm.
*I’m not totally won over by the forks yet (compared to the Reba solo air before) but maybe they take a while to bed in. But that’s a different issue I guess.Posted 3 years agoGreenSubscriber
100mm X-Fusions on mine, coming from a soul with 115mm. Feels pretty good but I might adjust them up to 120mm following this thread.
Normal Man – I still not 100% convinced by the x-fusions (they’ve been back twice to lock-out and rebound not working), but they feel better running at 30% sag.Posted 3 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
@ Green – thanks. I’ve dropped another 5psi out of mine (as per X Fusion online FAQs) to see if that makes them a little more willing to travel / feel a bit smoother but I also find they get ‘stuck’ if they stand over night for example so you really have to lean on them to get them moving.Posted 3 years agoswanny853Member
I’m happy with 100mm, but at the same time I would be very tempted by some 120mm. In the brief time I’ve ridden 120 I think it was largely what you’d expect.
To be honest, I think the biggest difference with revs might be the fact they’re a bit stiffer and handle a bit better in the rough as a result.Posted 3 years ago
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