What fork for cotic soul
I’ve tried various; reba fixed at 100, then 120 followed by revs at 140 then settled at 130. It really depends on what you are doing and personal preference. I’d have been quite happy to run 140 all the time but fine tuning thought the less is better for both slow tight and fast cornering singletrack but went for stiffer 20mm revs at a lower well sagged 130 for more stiffness and help with techy stuff. Based on that a 110-140 dp or something would be great or something like slants set at 120.Posted 4 years agometalheartSubscriber
I have a theory: if you are towards the top end of the height for a particular size you are better with 100-120mm, if you are towards the lower end then up to 140mm.
Based purely on I’m 6′ on a medium (with a layback post) and find the front end wandery (sometimes even at 120) at ten best of times. My mates a couple of inches shorter and loves his at 130…
Currently got a set of 100/120/140 TALAS on at the moment (which I don’t like) but have a set of 120 floats which are much better IMO.Posted 4 years agosharkattackMember
I’m currently looking for some forks for my Bfe and not sure what way to go. I’m leaning towards 140-150mm travel. I’ve never ridden one before so I wouldn’t mind adjustable travel so I can get it dialled in.
Loads of cheap Fox 32’s available but I’m scared off by their reputation for weak dampers and constant maintenance.Posted 4 years agodeetsSubscriber
I’ve got some 110-140 Revs on my Soul and happy with them. I used to run them at lower travel and wind them out for descents, but now starting to run them longer and wind them in for climbs – depends what kind of ride your doing really.
I think the newer Revs and the Fox Talas are easier to adjust on the fly, but my old 2009 Revs require me to turn the knob about 10 times, which isn’t always convenient!
The bike’s great at any travel so not sure I could commit to a fixed travel fork. Maybe that says more about me than the bike though.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I reckon if it must be fixed, 120mm is the best balance (I decided to build my Soda with 100mm as it’s a racier build, but ended up back on 120mm, couldn’t find a reason not to other than that it just didn’t seem thematically correct…)
U-turn suits Souls perfectly though, they’re not bikes where you need a climbing mode and a descending mode, but they are bikes with varied characters that you can bring out with different settings. Mine had the old 100-130mm u-turn revelation, absolutely made for it, even the graphics looked right.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Not sure about that. Never met a TALAS that impressed me, they’re always compromised. U-turn is a genuinely travel adjustable fork rather than a long fork with a “climb mode”, the fork works correctly at all lengths… but I don’t know if that holds true of dual position.Posted 4 years agodonalMember
I have run a 90-130 u turn recon, a fixed travel rev at 140mm and 130mm, and a sid at 120mm. I felt 140mm was too much for 90% of the time. With the fixed travel forks at 130mm and 120mm you just set the bike up well and it climbed and dscended great. It was never perfect with the u turn, although it did allow me to play with settings.
The DP revs are also 150mm max. I would stay away unless the lower travel option works just as well as the longer travel option.
If I knew then what I know now, I would stick to a 130mm Rev (and I have 120mm Sid Rct3 which I am trying to sell to prove it).Posted 4 years agometalheartSubscriber
Another. Thing to consider about the DP revs, if they are 150mm they are too big for the Soul. Warranted UP to 140mm, if you want 150, get a BFe.
Over the years I’ve run my Soul with Vans (set at both 125 and 100), old Pikes (which I found too stiff for the Soul), the TALAS and the 120 Floats mentioned earlier. 120 Floats worked best for me.
I agree with everyone saying that travel adjust forks are great for working out what works for you, so if you can borrow or get hold of an old cheap set that would be ideal. After all it’s what you personally find works best that works best…Posted 4 years agoleo72Subscriber
My latest Cotic Soul build has a RS Sektor TK Solo Air 130 mm. My old Soul from 2004 has a RS Sektor Dual Position Coil 140-110 mm, but I always run it at 140 mm – even in all the climbs. Back in 2004 when I built it, I had my old Marzocchi Z1 Freeride 130 mm coil fork on it. It was a bit heavy but plush. 🙂
/LeoPosted 4 years ago
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