Bicycle Mechanics - Basic Question Regarding Forks for a Mountain Bike
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02-10-12, 10:55 PM
What do the millimeter measurements for forks with suspension refer to? For example, on this site (http://teamcyclingandfitness.com/product/rockshox-dart-2-79682-1.htm) both 80mm and 100mm models are available. I've also seen listings in which the measurement is a range, such as 115-160mm.
02-10-12, 11:02 PM
That's the fork's suspension travel, how far it can telescope. The travel on some models can be adjusted on-the-fly (Fox TALAS, for example) while others like my RockShox SID must be disassembled and a part added or removed in order to change the amount of travel.
If you'd read the next word after the 80mm; Travel, you'd have answered your own question. it's the travel, or the amount the fork can move up and down on bumps and such.
02-11-12, 04:23 AM
What forks do you currently have, and what are you looking to replace with?
As mentioned, the mm = travel, what you need is determined by the frame you have, some are designed to have longer travel forks than others.
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