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  • localhero94
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    Have you looked at the Exotic 29er rigids? that’s what I have on the soda – at the time I worked out that they would give me pretty similar length as the revs at 120mm they replaced.

    rewski
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    Spend a bit more and get white bros rock solids or Syncros FLs.

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    I want one for my Kinesis Versa Decade SS, but I want the A2c to be the same as the current 120mm RS Recon that adorns it.

    I particularly like look of the Exotic forks – but can’t get one long enough – so what similar looking fork then?

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    Exotic 29er works well and gives a bit of extra height (and is the same fork as the White Bros, only with less expensive stickers on it)

    aphex_2k
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    Oooh saved me asking! I was looking for a fork thats around the same height as my 100-130mm Revelations (when set at 120mm :/). So the 29er does the job? Anyone got any pics?

    I’m sure there was a company on eBay that did 26″ forks but had different sizes depending on the size of a2c you were removing?

    Just for interest, anyone know of a similarly spec/size titanium fork for use with disc brakes?

    rewski
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    and is the same fork as the White Bros, only with less expensive stickers on it

    I assumed that but I’m not so sure, they do look very similar but heard exotics flex like eck, white bros are rock solid.

    BTW – why is everyone after carbon rigids again?

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    I rode a 26er White Bros and it was a wee bit stiffer than my 29er Exotic, but you’d expect that as it’s shorter- still noticable flex under hard braking tbh.

    Not a criticism mind, the Hylix I use now is a fair bit stiffer than either and tbh, most of the time I preferred the give.

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    Exotic 29er it is then – I’d forgotten that’s what LocalHero has despite riding 71/2 hours with him the other month.

    PS, I just googled “Exotic 29” at work, er no, don’t do that….

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    Btw, is riding a rigid fork going to hurt? It is isn’t it….

    Junkyard
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    no riding rigid off road is smooth as can be you will be fine

    rewski
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    is riding a rigid fork going to hurt?

    yes, if you don’t pick your lines, rolling over lots of roots can be interesting, a big tyre with less than 30psi will help. You’ll be flying uphill though.

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    Btw, is riding a rigid fork going to hurt? It is isn’t it….

    Kind of depends. I raced mine in the glentress 7 this year, it was fine apart from I almost needed help to get my hands off the bars at the end. I use it for standard trail riding, pretty much- xc and trail centres and such, drops can be a bit harsh and you do get rattled around at speed… But hurt’s not really the right word, until you ride into a tree anyway.

    Ironically it’s actually quite slow sometimes for climbing/flats- lumpy fire roads etc bog it down where a suspended bike makes better progress, it has to bounce over everything. Annoying sometimes!

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    a big tyre with less than 30psi will help. You’ll be flying uphill though.

    It has Bonty XR4’s on, so they should do.

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    but I want the A2c to be the same as the current 120mm RS Recon that adorns it.

    same static height, or sagged working height?

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    I put a rigid fork on my old hardtail recently. I read quite a bit of feedback saying that the ride was nicer with steel forks, and it was worth the extra grammes. The frame originally came with Bomber Z2s, 432mm A2C, I took off a bit for sag and got the 425mm A2C Salsa Cromoto.

    I absolutely flippin’ love it, amazing in the twisty stuff.

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    That might sound typically “You don’t want to do that!” STW “advice”, but I guess I’m saying – don’t overlook steel unless you really need to minimise weight; and taking a sagged A2C is a good idea if you want nimble handling – you’ll save the weight of 2 x 30mm tubes too!

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    26″ Inbred with 29er (470mm) On-One carbons…replaced a 120mm Pace RC40. Tried it with a 440mm rigid but felt too low up front. It rode really well.


    IMAG0225 by pten2106, on Flickr


    IMAG0226 by pten2106, on Flickr

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    So have I got this right? The A2c of my unsagged Recon at 120mm is 499mm.

    Take away 25% Sag (from 120mm) is approx 30mm, leaving an A2C of 469 approx. Therefore the Exotic Carbon 29er being 465 A2C sounds spot on?

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    Sounds reasonable to me. Probably what I’d do.

    Have fun, let us know how you get on!

    localhero94
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    I’m bringing the forks to the 24/12 Kryton so you can have a look then (not on the bike, but as spare in case of the same kind of apocalyptic weather as last time)

    toxicsoks
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    I’ve got the standard A2C Exotic 26ers on my old Pine Mountain (now back in MTB guise from commuter) and unless you go charging through rock gardens*, they’re pretty comfy for rigid forks.

    * falls into the “Not a good idea” life choice. 🙂

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    So, no 29er (465) forks in stock. Plenty of 445’s which takes me to 100mm I guess.

    Hmmmmm, should I?

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    How trusting should I be with 2nd hand pair? I found some 2nd hand 465’s for £70, or its the 445’s new at £104…

    ??

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